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ACS Statement on 2023 Federal Budget

Professional body welcomes tech measures but flags more is needed to meet the nation's digital skills' needs.

9 May 2023

Chris Vein, ACS Chief Executive Officer, welcomed the Federal Government's 2023 Budget but warned Australia needs to do more to prepare for the workforce challenges ahead as the nation's technology workforce approaches a million people.

"ACS acknowledges the challenges facing the Federal government with the 2023 Budget and its focus on social programs on making Australia one of the best places in the world to live," Mr Vein said.

"While we welcome the spending allocated to growing the nation’s critical technology industries, we would urge the government to consider the strategic importance of the sector to Australia’s economy. With nearly a million Australians working in technology roles by the end of the year, more support and recognition for the sector is required.  We will continue to work with the government to raise the importance of boosting the nation’s digital skills and capabilities."

Further information

Troy Steer

Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy

M – 0417 173 740

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About ACS

ACS is the voice of Australia’s technology sector, representing over 40,000 technology professionals across all industries and across the nation.

Our members work in industry, education, government, and the community delivering the digital services that drive the nation and provide the high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.

ACS works to grow the technology sector while making sure IT professionals act ethically, responsibly, and in keeping with the best interests of not only their employers, but the wider community.

Through our network of branches in every state and Territory, our innovation labs, education programs and our history of over fifty years, ACS works to help all Australians be part of the nation’s highest growth sector. Visit for more information.