Have your say on the NSW Government’s priority actions for 2014

2 October 2013

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The NSW Government is seeking input from interested parties to help shape its industry policy priorities for the State in 2014.

A consultation period opened on 2 October 2013 to support the Government's ongoing efforts to partner with industry to drive productivity and competitiveness.

Interested parties have until 25 October 2013 to provide feedback and suggestions and can also participate in consultation workshops with industry representatives between Tuesday 15 October and Thursday 17 October 2013.

The NSW Government established industry taskforces to develop 10 year road-maps for priority sectors and to inform a new Economic Development Framework to guide the State's future economic growth. 

In 2013 progress was made against 40 key actions that support growth of the State's priority sectors including professional services, manufacturing, international education and research, the digital economy, creative industries and the visitor economy.

The first Economic Development Framework progress report confirmed a baseline for future NSW economic performance against key measures of labour productivity, industry value-add, exports and Sydney's global ranking.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade & Investment Andrew Stoner said industry input will be vital in helping to focus on the actions most likely to drive innovation and productivity. 

"We have already consulted widely with industry on potential 2014 actions through our Industry Taskforces, industry workshops held in June 2013, and industry and community input provided at the NSW Government's Business Leadership Forum in September.

"Government cannot drive growth in isolation – we need sustained partnership with industry on the 2014 initiatives," Mr Stoner said. 

Potential action areas for industry feedback in the 2014 priorities consultation document include:

  • Making it easier for NSW businesses to compete for NSW Government contracts;
  • Promoting the sustainability and growth of small businesses in NSW;
  • Helping business and industry meet skills shortages in NSW;
  • Driving growth of industry-led knowledge hubs in NSW;
  • Enhancing the impact of digital and creative industries throughout the economy;
  • Driving jobs and business growth in Western Sydney;
  • Attracting and growing talent in priority sectors; 
  • Developing globally competitive supply chains in priority industries;
  • Building collaboration between NSW companies and universities; 
  • Driving innovation in NSW businesses;
  • Increasing the availability of alternate workplaces;
  • Demonstrating the sophistication of NSW sectors;
  • Strengthening engagement and promotional efforts of NSW industries in priority markets;
  • Supporting the needs of major industries in NSW;
  • Leveraging the multicultural assets of NSW;
  • Supporting international student attraction;
  • Generating growth in regional economies.

The consultation document is available for comment on the NSW Government's Have Your Say website at: http://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/