Monday, 13 September 2021 12:13

AIIA welcomes WA Government $500m digital capability fund Featured

By Staff Writer
Simon Bush, AIIA General Manager of Policy and Advisory Simon Bush, AIIA General Manager of Policy and Advisory

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has welcomed the Western Australian Government’s establishment of a $500 million Digital Capability Fund to support investment in digital services.

The AIIA says the WA Government’s Digital Strategy for 2021 to 2025, along with the Digital Capability Fund; provides a strong platform for the Government to digitise its services, “as is needed in a modern economy” - and the clear policy and goals “allow industry to work with Government to deliver services that will meet Western Australia’s needs”. 

The AIIA’s General Manager of Policy and Advisory, Simon Bush, said: “The funding announced by the McGowan Government to digitise government services is great news for the people of Western Australia. The Digital Capability Fund can transform Western Australia’s government services, from simpler services to the public, to improved telehealth services, and position the WA economy to withstand any future strong headwinds.

"Western Australia has the opportunity to become a national leader in digitising government services.“Modern economies are built on strong digital platforms and it is pleasing to see WA putting planning measures in place to achieve this. The impact of innovative technologies continues to transform all sectors of the economy. Digital technologies are at the heart of all sectors from mining, manufacturing, agriculture to financial services. It is vital that governments across Australia invest in technologies to improve their digital services and support the wider economy,” Bush said.

The AIIA WA Council Chair Sharon Brown, said: “We have been advocating for government to increase their digital services for some time and it is very pleasing to see WA’s Digital Capability Fund announced. We have a strong relationship with government and look forward to supporting the implementation of the policies announced in the budget. 

“We’ll continue to champion Western Australia’s innovative ICT sector to grow jobs in WA. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with government to promote the digitisation of services and infrastructure across WA to support a strong and modern economy.”

Last week the AIIA released a White Paper, 'Growing Globally Competitive Industries: Powered by Australia’s innovation technology' calling for improved government digitisation and support in health, manufacturing and agriculture amongst sectors. At the heart of this, the AIIA recommends governments support a strong focus on developing a strong and highly skilled ICT workforce.

“To efficiently deliver the program planned by the McGowan Government, a strong and skilled ICT workforce is needed. Governments across the country need to support developing skills in ICT across all sectors. The highly transferable skills support a strong economy and ensure Australia is not reliant on other countries to deliver our services,” Bush concluded.

The AIIA is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at fuelling Australia’s future social and economic prosperity through technology innovation and remains committed to working with all levels of Government to secure Australia’s digital future.

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