Australia's Technology Investment Roadmap: discussion paper

Closed 21 Jun 2020

Opened 21 May 2020


The climate change function transferred to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources as a result of the Administrative Arrangements Order made on 5 December 2019 with effect from 1 February 2020.

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


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  • Industry development
  • Technology
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