The Navegar Institute is an independent, non-profit research institute established to research and assess the economic, societal, legal and government policy implications of disruptive technologies around the world.

Our specific focus within disruptive technologies will be on ‘horizon three’ – promising early stage transformative technologies with expected mainstream commercial impact in a 5+ year timeframe. As an independent, non-profit research institute, Navegar's purpose is to advance public welfare and public debate across the possible futures technology may bring - their impact on society and the economy. Our primary benefactors include:

  • The "at-risk" groups within the workforce & current/future jobseekers.
  • Employers & Industry - as they look to build and incentivise a skilled workforce across skills base, geographic regions and new Industries.
  • Legislators - our policy choices today will determine whether Australians are ready to take on the challenges of the future for decades to come.

What is Horizon Three?

With Industry focused on Horizon One & Two to drive quarterly performance and most policy making & discussion occurring in the first Horizon…our focus will be on Horizon Three & beyond.

This is where early stage, fringe projects and research lab prototyping are taking place. These are the transformative technologies that will change the nature of not only the technology industry…but all industries and likely the nature of life as we know it. These are aspirational and imaginative areas of human endeavour but they are accelerating at a pace that will see them mainstream in the next 5-10-20 years.

In addition to our current Research Topics, we plan to investigate: Artificial Intelligence; Clean Tech; Robotic Revolution (Militarization, Future of Work); Quantum Communications & Technology; Advanced Mfg-3D Printing; Virtual & Augmented Reality; Nano-Technology.

About The Institute

The Navegar Institute was founded with an initial grant from the Magellan Financial Group in July 2016. This is the initial investment to launch and operationalise the Institute but will not be the sole source of funding over its life. The Institute and its research committee will contract one or more Research/Industry/NFP entities aligned with the topic to contribute to the research effort. The research model will include funding mechanisms for joint research investment.

Typically, a consortium of the Navegar Institute, a certified research body, 1 or more industry partners aligned with the topic and possibly a community not-for-profit will each contribute financial, human and/or technological resources to contribute to the Research Agenda based on their specific area of expertise.

Why now?

The technological transformation and innovations ahead of Australia bring great opportunity but also great disruption to industry, the economy and the workforce. Entire industries are being disrupted to the brink of existence, Artificial Intelligence already brakes your car, lands your plane, selects your music & somewhere in the world, people are eating 3D printed food. These are just a few of the realities that governments, industry and communities are grappling with.

With an estimated 4-5 million jobs in Australia at risk thanks to technological automation alone, we need to understand the impact on these advances across social, legal, regulatory and political landscapes.

As technology advances at an exponential rate, the significant automation disruption that’s coming is faster moving and wider in scope than previous waves of mechanical automation and information technology.

These are not just challenges for individuals; they are challenges for our nation. The race for skills is a global one.

What might the next 10-15 years bring Australia?


of the Australian workforce impacted by automation


in salaries transferred to automation


in potential new revenues from new industries.

How does the institute work?

The Institute will fund and partner to bring the best minds from research endeavours, industry & not for profit, to examine the possible futures technology may bring, and their impact on society and the economy. This will not just be a matter of imagining the future of technological advancements, but will apply a broad, data-driven, pragmatic approach to both the analysis and the policy recommendations.

We will be undertaking, publishing and promoting research into social and workforce implications of technological advancement with the aim of preparing the workforce to avoid displacement. Our efforts will include:

  • Promoting and hosting public debate regarding how Australian industries can prepare for and benefit from technological advancement;
  • Working with state and federal governments to ensure that the legal and regulatory impacts of future technologies are understood and acted upon to ensure a positive impact on Australians, and
  • Conducting research that develops public policy position papers and recommendations to the Commonwealth to prepare for long term impacts of technological transformation, including recommendations to the education system & curriculum.
Bringing together the best minds to examine the possible futures technology may bring, and their impact on society and the economy.

The research approach

Our research approach will be a balance between imagining the future of technological impact and a multi-layered, data-driven approach to analyse the impacts of these technologies on our lives as well as our industries. We will engage a multidisciplinary research team to represent not only the technology but the social, regulatory and economic implications of the technology.

Our research committee will consist of professionally accredited individuals from the fields of Research, Technology Media, Academia and Government.  This multidisciplinary Research Committee will align with our multidisciplinary Research Agenda.  Its primary role is to ensure the research undertaken is scientific in nature and of value to Australia. It will also be accountable for controlling the research agenda and the disbursement of funds to enable that agenda.