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SA’s new entrepreneurship model

A new model for entrepreneurship has been announced today that will give South Australians with imagination and initiative the opportunity to bring ideas to market and build businesses that can go global.

In line with the South Australian Government’s new approach to economic growth and entrepreneurship, a Chief Entrepreneur has been appointed and an Entrepreneurship Advisory Board will soon be appointed.

“I am pleased to announce that Jim Whalley has been appointed as South Australia’s Chief Entrepreneur,” said Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni.

South Australian Productivity Commission to be established

The State Government’s Productivity Commission is a step closer with today’s appointment of Dr Matthew Butlin to the position of Chair and Chief Executive Officer for a term of two years.

The South Australian Productivity Commission will be established with the Office of the South Australian Productivity Commission on 22 October, with direct responsibility for the Office designated to the Premier.

Confidence in SA economy growing but more work to be done

South Australians are showing increasing confidence in the economy, with more people looking for work last month, as the trend unemployment rate remained steady in more encouraging news for the state’s economy.

“While it’s pleasing to see growth in local employment and the number of South Australians looking for a job, the slight increase in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate shows there is much more work required to further strengthen our economy,” said Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni.

New Chief Scientist for South Australia

Industry and Skills Minister David Pisoni has announced Professor Caroline McMillen will be South Australia’s new Chief Scientist, starting her three-year tenure in October.

Professor McMillen, most recently Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle, was instrumental in the economic transition of Newcastle through significant engagement with industry and the establishment of innovation hubs to drive collaboration between industry, researchers, start-ups and investors.

Game-changing geologist named SA Scientist of the Year

An innovative geologist who has contributed to significant advances in the search for safer, more successful and cost-efficient ways to drill, analyse and target deep mineral deposits has been named South Australia’s Scientist of the Year.

Professor Richard Hillis, former Chief Executive of Australia’s Deep Exploration Technologies (DET) Cooperative Research Centre in Adelaide, was awarded the top honour last night by Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni at the SA Science Excellence Awards gala dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

NAIS pipeline pumps jobs north and south

The first ten kilometres of the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme’s (NAIS) 29 kilometre transfer pipeline will be installed underground this month, supporting 150 manufacturing and constructions jobs in Adelaide’s northern and southern suburbs.

Once complete, the NAIS will provide for an additional 12GL of water to help develop up to 300ha of new export focussed horticulture production, adding $578 million to the state’s economy each year and creating 3,700 jobs.

Marshall Liberal Government keeps Science Alive

The Marshall Liberal Government has today committed $45,000 over the next three years to the Science Alive Careers Day, an initiative aimed at connecting students interested in science-related careers with people working and studying in the fields of science and technology.

The funding, which is a 50 per cent increase on the funding provided by the previous Government, will enable more than 5,000 Year 7 to 12 students from across the state to attend the event annually.

State Government to push ahead with establishing SA Productivity Commission

The State Government will keep one of its key election commitments to establish an SA Productivity Commission through administrative arrangements rather than through legislation through the Parliament.

The decision has been made following ‘unreasonable, unworkable and untenable’ amendments to the SA Productivity Commission Bill 2018 insisted upon by Labor and some crossbenchers in the Legislative Council.

“Our hand has been forced,’’ said Treasurer Lucas.

More junior doctors for country SA

From January, the numbers of junior doctors training in country South Australian hospitals will more than double, the Marshall Liberal Government has announced today.

Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade said the recruitment process for the 12 positions has now been completed.

“Starting next year, five interns will be based at Whyalla Hospital and an additional two will be based in Mount Gambier, bringing the total number there to seven,” Minister Wade said.