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NSW Innovation and Productivity Council

We are an independent statutory body. We assemble expertise from industry, academia, and government to drive innovation that raises the productivity of NSW’s economy.

Who we are

We are an independent statutory body created by the Innovation and Productivity Council Act 1996 that provides evidence-based advice to the NSW Government. 

Our mission is to champion evidence-based policy through research on innovations that can raise productivity in NSW.  

Our statutory role includes: 

  • investigating issues related to the promotion of innovation to increase productivity and employment opportunities
  • facilitating the flow of information and ideas between the NSW Government, industry, and the research community
  • advising on proposed programs and NSW Government initiatives that promote public and private sector innovation to increase productivity and employment opportunities.

Our publications

Our publications tackle complex economic, environmental, and social challenges.

We identify how innovation can create jobs, investment, exports, interstate trade, and greater economic opportunity for NSW residents. 

Easier Access to Government Business Services

This report explores the challenges faced by businesses in accessing government services.

Let’s Collaborate: SMEs using research to drive innovation

This reports examines the opportunities and challenges that arise when small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) collaborate with research organisations.

NSW Remote Working Insights

This series provides new evidence and insights on the long-term implications of remote and hybrid working.

NSW Innovation Precincts: Lessons from International Experience

This report looks at what makes a successful innovation precinct around the world.

NSW Innovation and Productivity Scorecards

Our unique scorecards provide a snapshot of the state's innovation and productivity performance.

The Innovation Economy: Implications and Imperatives for States and Regions

This report explores the importance of the innovation economy and how international governments are supporting its growth.

Innovation in the NSW Environmental Goods and Services Sector

This report examines the environmental goods and services (EGS) sector in NSW.

Business Size Report

This report investigates different business sizes in the NSW economy.

Latest news

R&D Grants Boost Collaboration

The NSW Innovation and Productivity Council has released its Let’s Collaborate report which explores the benefits of cooperation and mutuality between SMEs and researchers, and how they can collaborate more often.

COVID-19 Leads to Changes in How We Work

The NSW Innovation and Productivity Council has released its NSW Remote Working Insights Report, which unpacks the lessons of widespread remote working.

NSW Small Business Makes More With less But Growth Demands Rethink: Business Size Report

A new report released today reveals that 255,000 of the State’s employing small businesses are standout performers when it comes to their contribution to jobs and profitability, but need to focus on more innovation to help them grow.

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Key people

Stuart Ayres

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney

Our members

Our members are eminent experts from across industry, academia, and government.

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