Innovation and technology key for future Australia

Posted November 5, 2015

It may be difficult times, but the energy and resources sectors could remain as the pillars of the Australian economy well into the future.

That’s according to the Australian National Outlook which details economic growth, water-energy-food use, environmental outcomes and living standards in Australia.

The 2015 report found that energy intensive industries could be well positioned to continue to grow, CSIRO executive director Dr Alex Wonhas said.

“The key to this success will be innovation and application of smart technologies,” Dr Wonhas said.

The National Outlook identifies more than 20 possible futures for Australia out to 2050 against the backdrop of the past 40 years.

  The work was undertaken by a team of 40 CSIRO experts and university collaborators, and draws extensively on observed data and analysis.

It utilises a suite of nine linked models, includes input from more than 80 experts and stakeholders from more than ten organisations, and has undergone rigorous international peer review.


The analysis is underpinned by more than 10 journal papers including a nature paper.  The report is available at


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