Robotics will advance economic productivity and quality of life when used appropriately. This document describes the current state of robotic technologies, their applications by key sectors of the Australian economy, and the choices of paths forward.

Like any roadmap, it doesn’t prescribe a destination, but it shows the starting points across industries and describes how to reach them. The impact of these technologies will depend on many factors, some of them still unknown.

The intersection of all technology with artificial intelligence, machine learning and the data collected through the exponential growth of sensors will find new problems and identify new opportunities.

How we respond to this, both as a nation and as a planet, will determine the outcomes. There are five categories of players who will influence these responses. This roadmap includes detailed recommendations to inform these responses, as listed in Chapter 1.

As in all major reforms, all of the successful players must find ways to co-operate if full advantage is to be taken of what is possible. This will involve give-and-take but, if managed properly, could see benefits spread across the community.

By describing what is possible and what is desirable, this roadmap aims to create the grounds for the necessary co-operation to allow robots to help unlock human potential, modernise the economy, and build national health, well-being, and sustainability.