The Australian Government has unveiled a new tech strategy designed to further develop the nation’s digital skills.
Australia’s Tech Future outlines how through technology businesses can save time and money and deliver better services for consumers.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews says the strategy highlights “trillions of dollars in potential economic benefits” and social opportunities that digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, the Internet of Things and quantum computing will bring.
The new strategy will benefit all Australians including farmers, teachers, patients and small business owners, the report says.
“Embracing digital technologies will ensure Australia can continue our strong record of 27 years of uninterrupted economic growth, improve our quality of life and ensure benefit to all Australians,” said Ms Andrews at the launch earlier this week.
The report examines 150 existing programs, policies and strategies that contribute to achieving our vision, and details how Australia can lead and shape the global digital economy.
Adoption of new technologies
“We are already well on the way – Australian businesses are improving productivity by adopting and adapting new technologies, such as autonomous systems, robotics and remote sensors.”
As new industries are created in Australia the Government would work to ensure the adoption of new technologies brings more quality jobs for people of all qualifications and improved life quality, Ms Andrews said.
“We need to maximise opportunities from digital technology across Australia and this report identifies key areas to focus on,” she said.
“First and foremost, the Government is focusing on people - getting digital skills and infrastructure right allows us to connect people and places, and to improve productivity, sustainability and adopt new technologies.”
Digital Transformation Strategy
Ms Andrews said the government is committed to providing Australians with access to government services that are simple, clear and fast.
The latest report complements the Government’s Digital Transformation Strategy announced in 2016.
Sectors most likely to benefit include agriculture, manufacturing, mining, services, tourism and small business, Ms Andrews said.
And the Australian community would benefit through improvements to health and emergency services, education, transport and digital services.
Maintaining cyber security
“We are also making sure we have the right enabling environment by reviewing our regulatory systems and maintaining our cyber security, to ensure that Australia can not only meet its own security needs but can become a leading exporter of cyber security services.”
Australia’s Tech Future, Delivering a Strong, Safe and Inclusive Digital Economy was developed with help from businesses, industry groups, the research sector, states and territories and members of the community.
“The Government will continue to work with stakeholders to drive change and assess Australia’s digital performance, including being involved in developing research infrastructure, data science, Smart Cities plans and space-based technologies,” Ms Andrews said.
The strategy is available at: www.industry.gov.au/australiastechfuture.