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The fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, is affecting almost every industry worldwide. It is rapidly transforming how businesses operate.
Industry 4.0 uses transformative technologies to connect the physical world with the digital world. Current trends include:
Four key drivers enable this trend:
Industry 4.0 technologies have potential to provide a major boost to Australia’s economic competitiveness. They can substantially offset our traditional challenges such as high labour costs and distance to markets.
Benefits and opportunities include:
Our Industry 4.0 initiatives are creating an environment that will allow businesses to grow, explore new models and embrace technologies.
The Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce formalised information sharing and collaboration between Australia and Germany on Industry 4.0. This taskforce was established following the release of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group report, which recommended government and industry in both countries collaborate on Industry 4.0 and develop global standards.
On 25 April 2017, the taskforce signed a cooperation agreement with Germany’s Plattform Industrie 4.0 [1.6MB PDF] [710KB DOCX]. Australia is one of only five countries with cooperative agreements with Germany.
The Industry 4.0 Testlabs in Australia report, released by the taskforce, explores the principles and framework for adopting Industry 4.0 in Australia by establishing testlabs. Standards Australia published a report on Industry 4.0 from an Australian Perspective as part of this work.
To strengthen the industry-led nature of the taskforce, it is now called the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum and is hosted by Australian Industry Group. The forum continues work on:
The $5 million Industry 4.0 Testlabs pilot program prepares businesses to transition to the smart factories of the future. The pilot program will establish Industry 4.0 Testlabs at five Australian universities.
Building on the recommendations of the Industry 4.0 Testlabs in Australia report, these testlabs will:
The pilot program opened in September 2018 and will determine support for further test facilities.
This Industry 4.0 Higher Apprenticeship Program trains technicians to a higher skill level to meet the needs of the economy of the future. The Australian Government funds the apprenticeship program through the Skilling Australians Fund. It is led by Australian Industry Group.
The program model is similar to traditional paid apprenticeship. Apprentices will also enrol in an Associate Degree which covers topics including:
Australia’s current industry sectors of competitive strength and strategic priority are:
The industry-led Growth Centres Initiative aims to drive innovation, productivity and competitiveness in these priority sectors. Examples of Growth Centre Industry 4.0 initiatives:
We will invest approximately $2.4 billion in growing Australia’s research, science and technology capabilities over the next 12 years to support a stronger and smarter economy.
This funding will include:
As part of the Taking Local Businesses Global initiative, $29.9 million will support Australian businesses and workers to develop artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.
This includes funding for:
The Australian Council of Learned Academies will examine the opportunities, risks and benefits of AI applications and consider its impact. The findings will cover economic, social, environmental, ethical and cultural impacts that will help guide AI development in Australia over the next decade.
The Council will also examine the opportunities, risks and consequences of the IoT, and consider ways to foster technological leadership while ensuring responsible deployment. The findings will explore:
Last updated: 9 April 2019
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