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Summit to reshape Australia's digital future

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Information Age

Recognising the significant disruption now occurring in the Australian economy driven by digital technologies, rapid growth in computing power and global online connectivity, the ACS in partnership with the Pearcey Foundation will host a Thought Leaders’ Summit, Reimagination, to reshape Australia’s digital future on 17 November 2015.

Australia faces an unprecedented period of change and disruption where traditional business models are threatened, established industries are in demise, new industries are emerging and our approach to workforce development and career planning must be re-thought.   The new digital world and the emergence of the “internet of things” means that business and governments operate in an environment where traditional thinking, the normal causal relationships and using evidence and data from yesteryear as a guide to the future must all be challenged.      

CEO of ACS, Andrew Johnson, said: “Almost every day now we see new reports, blogs, media releases, speeches, and commentary pieces highlighting the enormous challenges presented by the digital age. The common theme across all of these is that there will be significant job losses and business failures through automation and technology. But at the same time new possibilities and opportunities are opening up if Governments can get the policy settings right, businesses are alert to the need to reshape their models and their thinking, and individuals develop the skill sets which are critical for success in a digital world.

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