Sunday, 15 November 2020 22:27

$120 million in funds for South Australia ICT sector signals ‘digital transformation’ a key State priority: AIIA Featured


The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) says South Australia’s injection of $120 million in funding for the ICT industry signals that digital transformation and sovereignty is a key priority for the State with funds going towards projects that support an improved digital experience and further access to both businesses and individuals.

Last month, the not-for-profit AIIA welcomed the recent Federal Budget’s $7 billion investment in ICT as a “down payment” to recognising the Prime Minister’s ambition to be a leading digital economy.

AIIA CEO, Ron Gauci said the association is pleased to see South Australia “furthering this aspiration”.

“The road to economic recovery is paved with innovation and investment in technology. So, we are truly delighted to see the SA government positioning itself as a competitive leader, championing the ICT industry,” Gauci said.

“The significant investment demonstrates that innovation and technology does play a vital role in the state’s post COVID-19 economic recovery.”

The AIIA SA Council Chair, Karin Geraghty said, “The AIIA is looking forward to continuing to work with government on pursuing procurement reform, building a digital backbone through infrastructure, digital inclusion and skills development”.

“Additionally, AIIA is committed to collaborating with government on sustaining and expanding innovation to ensure the state becomes a vibrant hi-tech sector.”

Earlier this year, the AIIA released a White Paper, titled ‘Building Australia’s Digital Future in a Post-COVID World’ which the association notes, emphasised the need to look beyond traditional infrastructure investment by government with more focus on technology infrastructure.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a once in lifetime opportunity for major reform and restructure of our economy and society. We have a unique opportunity as a country to harness local skills, businesses and economy to position Australia as a global leader in technology,” Gauci said.

“With this vision, the AIIA actively advocates for activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem in Australia to create a favourable business environment for members.”

 The AIIA is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at fuelling Australia’s future social and economic prosperity through technology innovation.

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