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Prime Minister announces ICT Framework for the Future.



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Prime Minister announces ICT Framework for the Future The announcement today by the Prime Minister of an ICT Framework for the Future provides a ground-breaking opportunity to position Australia’s ICT sector to take maximum advantage of the global drivers of innovation over the next decade.

Under the Framework for the Future, the Federal Government will, for the first time, join with the ICT sector, wider industry, and the research and educational community in comprehensively analysing and scoping the future development of Australia’s ICT sector over a five to ten year timeframe.

This Framework, to be overseen by a high level Steering Group chaired by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, will build upon the Coalition’s $2.9 billion Backing Australia’s Ability, which is providing a record boost to research and development funding, including the establishment of a $129.5 million world-class ICT Centre of Excellence.

It is undeniable that innovation and research and development will underpin the future competitiveness of Australia’s economy and the development of our ICT sector. For this reason, the major mapping and foresighting exercises that will be a central plank of the ICT Framework for the Future will be quite deliberately undertaken from a technological innovation perspective.

The mapping exercise will ascertain where Australia’s ICT sector currently stands in the fast-moving global marketplace, including a thorough assessment of our existing capabilities, competitive advantages, strengths and weaknesses.

The foresighting exercise will seek to identify the major drivers of technologically driven economic development globally and the underpinning likely success factors over the next decade.

Both exercises will be undertaken jointly with the ICT sector, industry more widely, and the academic and research community. They will also be informed by the most up-to-date thinking from overseas including from Australia’s extensive and respected expatriate ICT community.

The Framework for the Future will then use the results from the two exercises to identify practical ‘partnership’ strategies to enable Australia’s ICT sector to move from where it is now to a position where it can take maximum advantage of future opportunities, building on existing capabilities.

Importantly, the Framework for the Future will explore and define the relationship between the research and education community, industry (both creators and users of ICT) and government in growing an innovation focussed Australian ICT sector.

The Government appreciates the assistance of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) in the development of the Framework for the Future initiative, the commitment of the Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (AEEMA) to the Framework, and looks forward to working closely with the other ICT representative organisations on this important project.

It is expected that the membership of the ICT Framework for the Future Steering Group and further details of the work to be undertaken will be announced in the near future.

Media Contact: Minister’s Office, Sasha Grebe, 02 6277 7480 or 0409 445 246

Website: www.richardalston.dcita.gov.au

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