Sydney, Thursday 13 December: ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, today announced its support of the government’s announcement to help small business go digital.
ACS President Yohan Ramasundara joined Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash at the launch of the Small Business Digital Champions Project in Melbourne yesterday.
The program will provide grants of up to $20,000 to help small businesses embrace the benefits of digitisation.
"This is a fantastic initiative for small business who are not able to scale as easily as larger enterprises. Small business owners spend many hours keeping their businesses afloat and often don't have the time to dedicate to investigating how technology can benefit their business,” said Mr Ramasundara.
The grant program will give small business the helping hand they need and will ultimately deliver better outcomes for small businesses who take part.
“Technology reduces barriers to entry, meaning competitors for Australian small businesses are no longer confined to their geographic region, but increasingly come from overseas using platforms such as Amazon, Alibaba and eBay. Expediting the digitisation of Australian small businesses will afford substantial economic impacts. ACS commends the Government for this initiative.”
"Research from ACS Australia's Digital Pulse shows that there is enormous opportunity for small businesses to embrace the digital economy. It can reduce cost, improve efficiency and see local businesses expand their markets all over the world."
"As the professional association for Australia's IT sector we welcome any initiative that helps bring people into the technology field and that is exactly what this does,” said Mr Ramasundara.
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ACS is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. More than 40,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.