UTS supports plans for jobs explosion in digital industries

Minister for Innovation Senator Kim Carr (C) with Prof Ross Milbourne and Prof D

Minister for Innovation Senator Kim Carr (C) with Prof Ross Milbourne and Prof Desley Luscombe

In summary: 
  • UTS will co-lead a new federally-funded initiative in Sydney to foster growth in the creative digital industries
  • The initiative complements UTS's growing stake as a research institution and education provider in the digital and creative innovation space

UTS with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia will co-lead a new federal government initiative to drive growth and jobs in creative digital industries.

The two organisations will lead thirty-one core partners and 27 collaborating partners across NSW, Tasmania, Queensland, the ACT and Victoria in the Creative Digital Innovation Partnership (CDIP).

The initiative, part of the Federal Government’s $1 billion Plan for Australian Jobs package, was formally announced at UTS by Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr.

The CDIP will not only grow jobs in the new and emerging creative digital industries space but also help define career paths for students and job seekers that may not yet exist, said UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne.

"A unique, national collaboration of start-ups, SMEs, global firms, government and researchers, the CDIP will accelerate take-up of digital technologies and services, innovation, and creative content across all sectors of the Australian economy,” he said.

“For this we need a well-educated, agile and future-focused work force and growing stream of inspired university graduates. UTS is certainly up for and well placed for meeting this challenge.

“Minister Carr’s announcement of the CDIP is perfectly timed for UTS. Recently we became a board member of Cumulus, an exclusive international confederacy of design schools fostering a revolution in creative innovation education and entrepreneurship. And today we can also announce an Australian first - our new undergraduate degree commencing 2014– the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation.”

Australia’s Creative Digital Industries are among the fastest growing industries in the economy, growing by 2.8% a year over 2006-2011, outstripping total Australian workforce growth of 2% by 40%.