FACTBase Bulletin 68 - Perth's Innovation Hotspots and Collaborations

This Bulletin focuses on understanding innovation and collaboration in Perth. It uses a frequently used proxy to measure innovation - patent applications - which were extracted from the OECD Regional Patent (REGPAT) statistics and provide a suitable indicator of overall innovative activity. This Bulletin is the seventh research input into Hashtag Perth.

Key Findings
  • Innovation is a key input across the entire Australian economy and all industries, ensuring global competitiveness. Perth is the hub of such activities for Western Australia.
  • While Perth does less patenting than other cities, it most likely innovates in a unique global space. This is related to its specialised resource economy.
  • There appears to be an inverse relationship between Perth’s economic wealth and patenting activity.
  • Spatial patterns for patenting collaborations in Perth have become less centralised.
  • Australia’s innovation levels have remained nominally similar since 1999, unlike the surge found in other nations.
Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.