South Australians are creative; we innovate to overcome environmental, economic, and social challenges.

We are innovative in designs and technologies and we use our intellectual property to advance our state.

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Primary Targets

96. Public research expenditure

Public expenditure on research and development, as a proportion of Gross State Product, to be maintained at 1.2% to 2020

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97. University research income

Increase the total gross value of university research income to 20% above South Australia's per capita share by 2014 and maintain thereafter

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98. Business research expenditure

Increase business expenditure on research and development to 1.5% of GSP by 2014, and increase to 2.0% by 2020

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Related Targets

34. Credit rating

Maintain AAA credit rating

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38. Business investment

Exceed Australia’s ratio of business investment as a percentage of the economy by 2014 and maintain thereafter

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43. Defence industry

Increase defence and defence industry annual contribution to our economy to $2.5 billion and employment to 37 000 people by 2020 (Milestone of $2 billion and 28 000 people by 2013)

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64. Renewable energy

Support the development of renewable energy so that it comprises 33% of the state's electricity production by 2020(Milestone of 20% by 2014)

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66. Emissions intensity

Limit the carbon intensity of total South Australian electricity generation to 0.5 tonnes of CO2/MWh by 2020

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84. Health service standard

By 2015, 90% of patients presenting to a public hospital emergency department will be seen, treated, and either discharged or admitted to hospital within four hours

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88. Science and maths

By 2020, increase by 15% the number of students receiving an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank or equivalent in at least one of the following subjects: mathematics, physics or chemistry

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92. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics qualifications

Increase the number of domestic students completing undergraduate qualifications in specified science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields of education by 15 percentage points to 3 600 students per annum by 2020

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94. Venture capital

Achieve a cumulative total of 100 private equity investments into South Australian companies between 2011 and 2020

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95. Industry collaboration, research and development commercialisation

Increase to $650m total gross cumulative value of industry and other funding for research earned by universities and state-based publicly funded research institutions by 2020

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