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NSW taskforce to grow professional services

PM News
October 18, 2011

The New South Wales Government has appointed an industry taskforce to help grow the professional services sector in the state.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner announced that the taskforce will develop Industry Action Plans in partnership with the government to create a 10-year industry strategy. Stoner also launched a manufacturing taskforce at the same time.

“The Government has established these industry-led taskforces to develop Industry Action Plans to position our manufacturing and professional services sectors for growth, resilience, improved innovation and productivity, greater global competitiveness, and new investment opportunities,” he said.

The Professional Services Industry Action Plan will focus on the sub-sectors of finance and insurance, legal and regulatory, and engineering services. The plan is to build the sector with view to having the industry become export proficient in a decade.

The taskforce members have been chosen for “their breadth of skills and experience” and “for their support in helping grow the NSW economy,” said Stoner.

The professional services taskforce members are:

  • Warwick Smith (ANZ)—Chair
  • Alan Cameron (University of Sydney, ASX Compliance, Blake Dawson)
  • Alf Capito (Ernst & Young)
  • John Colvin (Johnson Partners)
  • Amanda Copping (Royal Bank of Scotland)
  • Richard Fogl (Norton Rose Australia)
  • John Grill (WorleyParsons)

“Industry Action Plans are an important element of NSW 2021, the Government’s 10-year strategic plan, and will help NSW industries meet challenges and capitalise on opportunities,” said Stoner.

The NSW Government have launched a Have Your Say website ( to allow interested parties to contribute both formal and informal submissions.

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