How silicon are our valleys? New CSIRO mapping identifies Australia’s tech clusters

Australia has practically 100 Antipodean ‘Silicon Valley’ websites creating practically two-thirds of the nation’s tech jobs, in response to a brand new report mapping digital know-how clusters nationally for the primary time.

The report, ‘The geography of Australia’s digital industries’, was produced by CSIRO, and the Tech Council of Australia.

It discovered there are 96 digital clusters nationwide, situated in each state and territory.

The report explores how the geographical tech concentrations, very like Silicon Valley in California, enhance development and productiveness. These clusters cowl 4% of Australia’s geographic space, which account for 63% of all tech job creation.

The report additionally discovered there are three forms of clusters in Australia, together with 4 superclusters, that are mega groupings of a number of clusters in the identical metropolis: the Sydney arc, the Melbourne diamond, the Brisbane hall, and the Canberra triangle.

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CSIRO appearing CEO Kirsten Rose mentioned understanding the patterns round tech hubs was necessary as worldwide analysis reveals their many advantages.

“The expertise globally has proven that corporations in clusters develop, make use of and innovate at a sooner charge,” she mentioned.

“We all know comparatively little about this in Australia, however what this report tells us very clearly is that geography issues and understanding that geography will help us catalyse development.”

Lead report creator and CSIRO principal researcher Dr Stefan Hajkowicz mentioned that alongside the 4 east coast tremendous clusters, there are smaller clusters in different capitals corresponding to Perth, Hobart and Darwin.

“The report has additionally famous the rise of extremely specialised clusters in regional areas, for instance we’re seeing the speedy development of the graphic design occupation in coastal areas like Burleigh Heads,” he mentioned.

“We’re not trying to find Australia’s Silicon Valley, we have now our personal clusters with their very own distinctive mix of know-how specialisations, firms, and cultures.

“However we do see the identical patterns of intense spatial clustering of know-how trade occurring in locations like California, Cambridge (UK), Toulouse (France) and different locations worldwide.”

Australia additionally has 60 larger metropolis clusters, that are single clusters in larger capital metropolis areas which have massive and diversified tech workforces and firms.. They embody Parramatta, 25km west of Sydney’s CBD, Hobart, Northbridge in Perth, Darwin and Adelaide.

Silicon paddocks

But it surely’s not simply in regards to the capitals, with Australia demonstrating a knack for decentralising tech jobs in what some have dubbed silicon paddocks.

Tech Council CEO Kate Pounder mentioned the 36 regional specialist clusters included Noosa, Newcastle, Queanbeyan, Geelong and Torquay and have important tech workforces which regularly concentrate on one or two areas.

”This analysis reveals that nice concepts and industries can spring up wherever in Australia,” she mentioned.

“It’s an unimaginable achievement as a nation to have 96 totally different clusters unfold across the nation creating jobs and alternative for a spread of communities and staff.

“Giving a spread of communities entry to this chance is significant as this report highlights the advantages for communities of being in a cluster.

“Given tech jobs are amongst the fastest-growing, best-paid and most versatile jobs within the nation, it’s a terrific benefit for any neighborhood to have a cluster of their space.” she mentioned.

The report is obtainable right here.

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