The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, has focused on the three policy areas of Digital Skills, Innovation and Government ICT Procurement its Pre-Budget Submission, lodged February 1, 2019.
“Fostering the skills needed for the future with the right policies, regulatory framework and funding is critical to Australia’s economic growth and productivity,” AIIA CEO Ron Gauci says.
“There is currently a significant shortfall of available digital skills and expertise in the Australian workforce. The AIIA is committed to ensuring that the right digital skills are identified, developed and funded with the support of government policies and legislation.”
The AIIA’s recommendations for addressing the digital skills shortage in Australia include:
“Australian innovation stems from research and development (R&D), and risk-taking,” adds Gauci.
“This leads to commercialisation of products and services, providing attractive returns on investments and has a positive flow-on effect on skills development and job creation. That’s why it’s essential that we encourage innovation through an R&D tax incentive.”
The AIIA’s recommendations for fostering digital innovation and commercialisation in Australia include:
“Currently the national opportunity to foster business entrepreneurship and innovation in government services is being hampered by complex and risk-averse procurement processes,” says Gauci.
“The AIIA would like to see the establishment of an advisory body to improve the digital sourcing capability and digital literacy of the Australian Public Service in partnership with industry and research institutions.”
The AIIA’s recommendations for improving Digital Sourcing by Australian Government include: