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ACS congratulates Labor on Federal election win

Technology professional body looks forward to working with new government

 

 

Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese with ACS Chief Executive Rupert Grasyton at the Sydney innovation Hub in 2021

22 May 2022

ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, congratulates Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party on their success in the 2022 Federal Election.

The new government has an opportunity to boost technology investment and address Australia’s chronic technology skills shortage, says ACS President, Dr Nick Tate.

“ACS looks forward to working with Mr Albanese’s team to develop programs that encourage young Australians to study IT related fields, workers to retrain in digital skills, and businesses to invest in emerging technologies,” Dr Tate said.

“Labor’s plans to build Australia’s advanced manufacturing sector will require a strong national investment in digital skills as well as incentives for business to invest in emerging technologies and we look forward to working with the government in achieving this.”

“As Labor pointed out during the election campaign, Australia has fallen down the ranks of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Global Innovation Index, having fallen five places to 25th over the past three years.

“In our 2022 Election Platform, ACS outlined nine proposals to boost Australia’s technology sector and we would look forward to Labor implementing these and more, in order to address our decline in innovation rankings and boost the nation’s productivity.

“If we are going to ensure Australia’s future prosperity then we have to address that decline while ensuring the nation has the skills to take advantage of the 21st Century’s digital economy,” Dr Tate concluded.

The ACS 2022 Election Platform – Building Australia’s Digital Futurecan be downloaded from the ACS website.

-ENDS-

Further information

Troy Steer

Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy

M – 0417 173 740

E – [email protected]

About ACS

ACS is the professional association for Australia's technology sector. ACS members work across business, education, government, and the community delivering the digital services essential to the nation’s prosperity and security.

ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. ACS strives for technology professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on technology and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.