Revitalising Manufacturing Research Down Under: Lessons From Germany For Australia

Luke attended the OECD forum. He is currently studying his PhD at the University of South Australia in the field of International Relations, specifically examining Transitional Justice. 


This paper will contend that the manufacturing sector has a crucial role as a competitive and viable part of Australia’s future economy despite the recent trend towards deindustrialization. Australia’s situation is contrasted with the case of Germany, a nation which has maintained a highly successful and competitive national manufacturing industry in spite of rising costs and cheaper overseas competition. This analysis focuses specifically a few central aspects to Germany’s manufacturing success: the turn to smart manufacturing, attention to small-medium sized manufacturing firms, and the public-private Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft research institute. This research aims to critically examine the differences within the Australian situation regarding the manufacturing sector, in order to better identify the ways in which Australia can effectively learn from the German model in order to revitalise the manufacturing sector.

Read More


Sophie attended the 2017 OECD Forum and is a UNSW Co-op Scholar. She is currently completing her final year of a Bachelor of Commerce. She has a passion for change making and has held several internship roles at Coca-Cola Amatil, TAL, and Westpac.


The increasing population growth and urbanisation of emerging economies is driving an increase in demand for infrastructure investment across the globe. Historically, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have been used to connect public infrastructure projects with private investors, promising innovative solutions and improved resource allocation for emerging economies (OECD, 2012). However, recent PPPs have demonstrated that without clear goals, outcomes and strategic plans, these infrastructure projects can be exposed to a tremendous amount of risk for both parties, both in monetary and social terms.


Read More

A comparative study of innovation cultures in Israel & Australia

Justin attended the 2012 AICC Delegation in Israel where he represented Monash University's Faculty of Arts. Justin studies a Bachelor of Arts.


“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” - Benjamin Franklin

Israel’s innovation culture is intrinsic with its economic success. This report provides an analysis of Israeli innovation and submits Israeli ideas that Australia can adapt in developing its own innovation economy. It is comprised of three sections: Part I examines Israel’s approach to innovation and industry development and offers a perspective into the cultural and political factors that cultivate it. Part II asserts that despite the cultural differences there are lessons Australia can learn from the Israeli innovation culture, particularly in its cultural conception of economic risk. Part III proposes solar energy as an area where these lessons can be applied.

Read More