Western Australia is at the forefront of innovation in technology and advanced manufacturing, having capitalised on emerging opportunities and niche markets in global supply chains.

Innovation includes the use of blockchain in finance, immersive simulation technologies in education, robotics in medical procedures, automation, and the Internet of Things in agriculture. Automation and digital transformation play an important role in improving safety and productivity in the resources sector. Western Australia’s iron ore producers are at the forefront of implementing autonomous technology.

By introducing training qualification in robotics and automation, Western Australia will transfer this knowledge into a broader range of industries. Automation is leading a transition from repetitive, manual jobs into jobs that require more reasoning and judgement. The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2022, automation will create around 58 million more jobs globally than it displaces.18 The Government is committed to working with industry to ensure that these new knowledge-driven jobs are based in Western Australia.

Australia is also recognised as a world leader in silicon-based quantum computing research.