Personal health and ageing, next generation energy storage and autonomous systems are just some of the emerging high-growth industries identified in a new report that will fuel future regional growth and job creation in our region.

Today the Sunrise Industries report by Data61, CSIRO’s data sciences and technology arm, was launched at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

The report identifies seven emerging industries in ASEAN and neighbouring nations, including Australia, which will generate jobs and growth. They are:

  • Artificial intelligence and autonomous systems
  • Financial and regulatory services technology
  • High value nutrition
  • Next generation energy storage and distribution
  • Cyber-physical systems security
  • Personal health and ageing
  • Digital infrastructure and connectivity

Launching the report today, the Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash outlined the opportunities to work with our ASEAN neighbours to generate new streams of economic growth and employment in Australia and ASEAN.

“Many of the emerging industries identified in the Sunrise Industries report are areas in which Australia already has expertise and a competitive advantage,” said Minister Cash.

“To increase our innovation capacity we are taking a global outlook. In particular, the forecast high growth in the ASEAN region economy provides a great opportunity for Australia to pursue collaborative research and development with our closest neighbours.”

Australia has strong economic ties with ASEAN member countries and last financial year, Australia’s trade with these countries amounted to over AUD $100 billion.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Steven Ciobo, noted the significance of emerging industries to Australia’s future trade and investment relationship with ASEAN.

“Agile, innovative Australian businesses should seize the opportunities presented by the region’s growing digitisation, particularly for services industries.

“Emerging sectors, such as those at the centre of this report, will help drive export growth and create the export jobs of the future.”

The ASEAN region is expected to become the equivalent of the world’s fourth largest economy by 2030. There’s the potential for enormous economic benefit as we help ASEAN countries make the transition to a digital economy.

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