The Automotive Industry Innovation Council was established in November 2008 to provide strategic direction and drive innovation towards an environmentally and economically sustainable automotive industry in Australia. It also communicated the Government's innovation policies and goals, and sought to build relationships and linkages with peak industry bodies and industry stakeholders. The Council met twelve times until the conclusion of its term on 31 December 2012.
The Council considered industry innovation challenges such as:
- sustainability and industry competitiveness
- regulatory reform
- workforce capability
- skills needs
- access to new technologies
- other priorities for industry.
Members of the Council included key decision makers from the three vehicle producers, component makers, researchers, unions and government.
Automotive Australia 2020 - Automotive Technology Roadmap
The AA2020 Automotive Technology Roadmap, released in August 2010, identifies and maps the industry’s capabilities and needs to 2020 and beyond - allowing the industry to play to its strengths and support innovative technologies with strong commercial potential.
The Government has allocated $26 million to the Automotive Cooperation Research Centre (CRC) from July 2012. Guided by the roadmap, the CRC is developing and commercialising low emission automotive technologies.
The department provided secretariat support to the Coucil. The departmental contact is:
Automotive Industry Innovation Council
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
GPO Box 9839
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Phone: +61 2 6213 7890