The Coalition Government has been in power from September 2013 to date and, in a statement Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews claimed her government was responsible for this growth. Labor was in power from 2007 uptil September 2013.
The ABS report said domestic production of digital products had grown from about $79 billion in 2012-13 to $93.5 billion in 2016-17.
Andrews said: “Australia’s ongoing economic success depends on our ability to embrace the benefits of technological advances and use them to improve existing businesses, create new products and markets, and enhance daily life.
“The digital economy strategy highlights the trillions of dollars in potential economic and social opportunities that digital technologies will bring to benefit all Australians – like our farmers, teachers, patients and small business owners.
“Embracing digital technologies will ensure Australia can continue our strong record of economic growth, improve our quality of life and ensure benefit to all Australians.”
The statement said digital economy products were in four industries: wholesale trade; retail trade; information, media and telecommunications; and professional, scientific and technical services.