Innovation Map

The interactive Innovation Map identifies the location of innovation activities (R&D expenditure, patent and trademark applicant counts) and business creation (new businesses) across Australia over time. Geographic locations influences innovation and business creation. In Australia, the large distances between the major cities and regional and rural centers can be a challenge to knowledge flow and cluster development, the important factors, facilitating innovation.

This map supports the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Australian Geography of Innovative Entrepreneurship (2015) research paper.

What is an SA3 region?

SA3 geographic regions are used in this visualisation. These are defined by the Australia Bureau of Statistics. They are designed to have populations between 30,000 and 130,000 persons.

Use the tool below to find the correspondence between your postcode and SA3 region.

View detailed SA3 Regional Innovation Data 2009-15 on