In the lead-up to the 2019 federal election, ACS members were surveyed on public policy priorities that would advance the national interest. This included identifying the key blockers inhibiting Australia from achieving its potential in the digital economy, as well as the key enablers.
Front of mind included legislative reform of the Assistance And Access Bill 2018; to recognise the potential blockers of the Bill for an Australian cyber security export industry, as well as the technical limitations and expectations of the Bill, and protecting the privacy of our citizens.
Having access to critical productivity enhancing infrastructure, and arresting Australia’s slide in global broadband speed rankings was also commonly identified. All citizens and businesses seek affordable high-speed internet access.
When analysing responses and synthesising key themes, it is clear the ACS community believes Australia’s transition to a knowledge and digital economy is not happening with sufficient speed to maintain our historical high standards of living. There are concerns around the digital skills of our workforce, workforce diversity and more generally the process for rapid upskilling and reskilling to ensure our industries are placed higher up the value chain, education and training reform, and the inefficiency of our cities.
ACS therefore asks our political parties and leaders to consider the enclosed 17 #gamechangers to ensure Australians attract higher paying jobs into the future.