16 May 2020
ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, has welcomed the major parties’ election commitments towards the ICT sectors ahead of the May 21 election.
This follows the Labor Party’s release of its Critical Technologies Fund proposal, which promises $1 billion in technology business investment support and the Coalition’s announcement of a Digital Skills roundtable in the past week.
ACS President, Dr Nick Tate, said the proposals highlight the importance of the technology sector to Australia’s continued economic success: “As the professional body for the technology sector, ACS welcomes both party’s proposals and look forward to working closely with whoever wins government to further develop the nation’s IT capabilities.”
“In February, ACS published its 2022 Election Platform which included measures to boost diversity, accelerate business technology adoption and build regional IT opportunities, so we are delighted elements of the platform have been incorporated in both parties’ announcements.”
ACS’ Election Platform proposed over $1billion in programs to boost Australia’s technology sector, outlining nine measures to grow the nation’s skills, increase the industry’s diversity and ensure regional Australia shares in the digital economy’s benefits.
Dr Tate concluded: “ACS is also pleased the technology sector is being recognised for its critical role to Australian business and the wider economy. We look forward to working with whoever forms government after the May 21 election to ensure Australia continues on its path to be a leading global digital economy.”
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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.