Australia's Technology Investment Roadmap: discussion paper

Closed 21 Jun 2020

Opened 21 May 2020

Feedback updated 22 Sep 2020

We asked

The Australian Government released the Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper for consultation. The Roadmap is an enduring strategy to accelerate the development and commercialisation of new and emerging low emissions technologies. An important element of the framework in the Roadmap are annual Low Emissions Technology Statements. These articulate Government’s investment priorities.

We asked about Australia’s big technology challenges and opportunities, and technologies we could prioritise for investment.

You said

We received roughly 500 written submissions from industry, researchers and the community in response to the Roadmap discussion paper. Around 150 people attended targeted workshops. More than 400 people attended a webinar hosted by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO.

We did

This feedback informed the Technology Investment Roadmap’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement. The Statement was also guided by a high level Ministerial Reference Panel, chaired by Dr Finkel, and comprising leaders from business, investment and the research community.

Read the First Low Emissions Technology Statement.


The Australian Government is developing a national Technology Investment Roadmap.

Technology will drive a successful shift to secure, more affordable energy and lower emissions. The roadmap will help prioritise Australian investments in new and developing low emissions technologies and allow us to work towards clear priorities over the short, medium and long term. It will provide a framework for setting economic stretch goals for priority technologies.

Discussion Paper

We welcome stakeholders’ views on the Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper [12>MB PDF], including with respect to:

  • challenges, global trends and competitive advantages we should consider in setting Australia’s technology priorities
  • the short-list of technologies Australia could prioritise for achieving scale in deployment through its technology investments
  • goals for leveraging private investment
  • what broader issues, including infrastructure, skills, regulation or, planning, need to be worked through to enable Australia to adopt priority technologies at scale while maintaining local community support
  • where Australia, including its regional communities, is well-placed to take advantage of future demand for low emissions technologies, and support global emissions reductions by helping to deepen trade, markets and global supply chains

In particular, we welcome suggestions for economic stretch goals that could help establish pathways for the cost-effective deployment of priority technologies. As outlined in this roadmap, these stretch goals would include producing hydrogen under $2 per kilogram, but could also cover the permanent storage cost of carbon capture use and storage (CCUS), biological sequestration (in soil and vegetation), firmed renewables, and long duration energy storage.

We are interested in partnering with industry, research institutions and others with relevant commercial or technical expertise to develop these economic stretch goals, which should be ambitious, but achievable.

If you have difficulty accessing this document, contact us.

Why we are consulting

Your input will help inform Australia’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement later in 2020. This will guide the Government’s technology investment portfolio to reduce emissions and be the cornerstone of the Long Term Emissions Reduction Strategy.

This is an opportunity to help shape Australia's path to lower emissions and share your knowledge on challenges driving technology deployment across Australia's economy.


  • Business
  • University researchers
  • Industry associations
  • State or territory governments
  • Non-government associations


  • Climate Change
  • Policy
  • Industry development
  • Technology
  • Renewable resources
  • Growth opportunities
  • Research and development
  • Energy