Monday, 21 September 2015 11:47

Skilled IT professionals key to Turnbull’s digital vision: ACS Featured

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The Australian Computer Society says lifting the supply of skilled IT professionals and other STEM-based occupations - as well as a greater focus on innovation - is key to grasping the opportunities Prime Minister Turnbull has said are being created in a globally connected, digital world.

Responding to Malcolm Turnbull’s post-appointment comments, the ACS says it is excited by Prime Minister Turnbull’s focus on setting a national agenda which seeks to make Australia more agile and better equipped to capture the opportunities through global digitalisation.

ACS CEO Kim Finch Finch also applauded the Turnbull-led government’s increased focus on innovation and the combination in one portfolio with industry and science under Minister Christopher Pyne.

“It is extremely encouraging to see Innovation as part of a portfolio at the Federal level. Innovation is the key to achieving sustained economic prosperity and particularly for Australia as we look to reduce our traditional reliance on the mining sector and develop new engines of growth.

“We are looking forward to working with Prime Minister Turnbull and his new team on the challenges which lie ahead and in particular improving outcomes in the digital skills space and helping Australia build a strong digital future.”

The ACS also welcomed Senator Mitch Fifield's appointment as Minister for Communications.

“Senator Fifield will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role which will help navigate digital policy through a sometimes challenging political process,” said acting ACS CEO Kim Finch.

“We look forward to working with the Minister and helping him build Australia’s digital capability, which will be critical to securing a strong future for the Australian economy.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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