Through the partnership, the not-for-profit AIIA will develop a post-COVID response for industry development which it says will result in the creation of ICT jobs as well as identify opportunities for digital transformation of large industry utilising local talent and businesses.
AIIA CEO Ron Gauci, said: “We welcome the opportunity to partner with the McGowan Government to promote innovation and technology throughout WA and its industries. We have proven expertise in driving the ICT industry forward across the country and are excited to continue our work in WA.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a once in lifetime opportunity for major reform and restructure of our economy and society. We believe the road to economic recovery is paved with innovation and investment in technology.”
The AIIA says that with the large portfolio of work, it will appoint a dedicated Western Australia (WA) Executive Support Officer to support the function of the WA State Council, the AIIA CEO and the GM of Policy and Advocacy.
“In close collaboration with the AIIA, the WA Executive Support Officer will provide governance advice and support for activities associated with the State Council, the Policy Advisory Networks in the AIIA, government agencies and Ministers,” said AIIA WA Council Chair Sharon Brown.
“We are truly looking forward to collaborating with the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation to stimulate the local ICT industry. Working with Government means we can champion the local WA ICT industry helping to create more jobs and drive the digitisation of industry infrastructure,” said Brown.