PM's Taskforce on Manufacturing
The Prime Minister's Taskforce on Manufacturing, of which Professor Jonathan West is a member, has released its final report, titled Smarter manufacturing for a smarter Australia.
The report was released on 16 August 2012 by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Industry and Innovation. It highlights the critical challenges facing the manufacturing sector in Australia, as well as the rich opportunities for manufacturing over the coming years. It lists 41 recommendations based on a number of themes: managing current pressures, economy-wide measures, smarter networks, smarter SMEs, and smarter workplaces. The Taskforce was announced by the Prime Minister at the Future Jobs Forum in October 2011, and its members are drawn from industry, unions, government, and the R&D community.