The Australian Government is committed to the important role of critical technologies and the activities underway to ensure we can capture the opportunities these critical technologies bring to support our economic prosperity, our national security, our environmental sustainability, and our social cohesion. As part of that commitment, the Minister for Industry and Science opened a 6-week public consultation period on 22 August 2022 to seek comments and feedback on the List of Critical Technologies in the National Interest. The consultation closed on 30 September 2022 with a limited number of extensions given until 7 October 2022.
The consultation process provided useful feedback and input from a wide range of stakeholders. We held 15 open roundtables (195 participants representing academia, industry and government), 1 ministerial roundtable and 3 bilateral roundtables. We also received 205 written submissions. The feedback has helped inform updates to the list.
The majority of stakeholders suggested expanding the current energy and environment category by adding new technologies such as renewables. Stakeholders also suggested the inclusion of technologies that support material reduction and reuse across all technology categories.
Key feedback that was made to improve the list includes:
- clarifying and clearly communicating the purpose and intent of the list
- consolidating and focusing the list on enabling technologies that provide high impact for Australia’s economic and strategic outcomes
- recognising the interrelationship of key technologies and their applications across multiple sectors and industries
- increasing the focus on clean energy and emission reduction technologies
- presenting the list in a different way, such as a critical technologies matrix, to highlight the wide scope and applications of critical technologies.
There were other key themes identified to unlock the potential of critical technologies in Australia, including:
- emphasising the need for more skilled labour to drive Australia’s uptake of critical technologies
- providing legislative and regulatory guidance on critical technologies
- the need to acknowledge and secure Australia’s critical technology supply chains.
The Critical Technologies Hub has worked with government to develop the list, which reflects the collective input and feedback received from the consultation process.