Help stop the rot in Australian Manufacturing15th April 2016 | News | University of South Australia
A leading Australian designer believes an overhaul of research and development incentives could help stop the rot in Australian manufacturing.
Jono Hennessy Sceats is mentoring UniSA design students for the Health Partners Optical “Eye Candy” eyewear design project. He wants innovative design included in research and development grants.
Sceats described Australia’s research and development scheme as “old-fashioned”, based on “the original research and development grants of 40 or 50 years ago”.
He argued that if Australian manufacturers were increasingly failing to compete against Chinese counterparts on cost, they must compete on quality – and that means investing in design.
He plans to lobby the Commonwealth Government and Industry Minister Christopher Pyne to re-assess Australia’s research and development tax rebates scheme, and adjust it to give manufacturing a design-led innovation boost.
“They have to have a total and innovative review of the research and development laws,” Sceats said.