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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


E – troy.steer@acs.org.au



About Us


ACS is the professional association for Australia’s technology sector and the largest community with 47,000+ members from across business, government and education.


ACS champions the technologies, people and skills critical to Australia’s future, creating value for ACS members, the tech sector and society in four ways:




Our focus is on fostering an innovative and inclusive community that is dedicated to powering positive change through technology.




We set the standard for assessing, developing and recognising the skills and experience of technology professionals.




We create career pathways to guide technology professionals and ensure Australia has a pipeline of talent with the right skills and knowledge.




We assess and support skilled technology migrants to address critical skills shortages, improve diversity and enrich Australia’s workforce.


Find out more at: acs.org.au