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Federal government makes important step in embracing AI

ACS welcomes response to discussion paper

17 January 2024


The Federal government’s proposed risk-based approach to AI regulation is an important step for Australia reaping the benefits of Artificial Intelligence to the economy and wider society, says ACS.


“Given the profound changes AI will make to the workforce in coming years, ACS welcomes the Federal government’s response and looks forward to working with the proposed Temporary Expert Advisory Group to ensure Australia has regulation that’s fit for purpose over the coming decades,” said ACS Interim CEO, Josh Griggs.


“Consulting with experts and industry leaders is going to be critical in ensure that any regulation reaps the benefits of AI while mitigating the real risks presented from misuse of the emerging technology.


“In the 2023 Digital Pulse report, ACS forecast 75% of Australian workers will see their roles changed by AI so the impact is going to be felt across the economy. It’s important that alongside well designed legislation, support for industry is considered through frameworks and individuals are supported with skills development.


“Our submission to the Safe and Responsible AI discussion paper also highlighted that we need to be careful that regulation is consistent and co-ordinated to enhance Australia’s capability in a safe and responsible manner. We believe a holistic approach should be priority for the Advisory Group when it meets.”


Last November’s ACS Digital Pulse report identified Artificial Intelligence as potentially disrupting much of the Australian economy finding that, by the end of the decade, over half of the nation’s businesses will be using AI, data analytics and robotics.


In the report, ACS recommended Australia can meet the challenges presented by AI adoption through education and training initiatives, a national skills platform, more support for career transitions towards a tech orientated career, to boost the diversity in tech skills, programs to boost Women in Tech, assist skilled migrants utilise their capabilities and assist in guiding Industry with implementation frameworks.



“We look forward to working with the Federal government, industry, educators and all key stakeholders to ensure Australia maximises the benefits from AI and associated technologies over the coming decade,” concluded Mr Griggs.




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 47,000 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.