Minister Hume’s appointment follows calls from the AIIA made in its White Paper, titled ‘Building Australia’s Digital Future in a Post-COVID World’.
The AIIA reports calling on the Government to appoint "a dedicated Minister that can drive a whole-of-government approach to technology, the digital economy, cyber strategy and execution - working closely with industry. Today’s announcement is a strong step in this direction to acknowledge the importance of ICT in Australia’s economic recovery".
"The AIIA has been campaigning on behalf of our members for the Government to recognise the importance of innovation technology across the economy and today’s announcement fulfills this request. We look forward to working closely with the Minister in support of the Government’s objective to ensure we have a globally leading digital economy by 2030.
“Government at all levels has a once in a lifetime opportunity for major reform and restructure of our economy and society. The AIIA believes the road to economic recovery is paved with innovation and investment in technology.
"Innovation technology enables our economy to become more globally competitive, independent and sustainable. Now is the time for governments to look beyond traditional infrastructure investment and to support ‘click ready’ digital projects that will support the country for generations to come.
“Today’s announcement signals the importance the Government holds for the ICT sector and Australia’s digital sovereignty. There are many opportunities for the government to support the development of skills and Australia’s digital infrastructure.
"The AIIA looks forward to discussing with Minister Hume how we can support these very important issues” Mr Gauci concluded.
The AIIA reminds us that it is a "not-for-profit organisation aimed at growing and supporting Australia’s future social and economic prosperity through innovation technology", and that its recently released a white paper titled ‘Building Australia’s Digital Future in a Post-COVID World’, which emphasised the need to look beyond traditional infrastructure investment by government with more focus on technology infrastructure, is here.