AIIA welcomes the opportunity to provide input into development of the Prime Minister’s Digital Economy White Paper. The following comments complement the contributions already provided by AIIA’s participation in the Prime Minister’s Digital Economy Forum in October 2012; Minister Evans’ Skills forum in November; the follow up workshop hosted by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) to discuss the White Paper in December 2012; our response to the Draft National Cloud Computing Strategy in December 2012; and the ICT Skills and Training Development: a ‘State of Play’ Paper developed and circulated by the AIIA also in December 2012. In presenting these additional comments our focus is on recommending a fresh approach to positioning the Digital Economy agenda, rather than expanding what is already a long ‘shopping list’ of suggestions.
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is the peak national body representing multinational and domestic suppliers and providers of a wide range of information technology and communications (ICT) products and services. We represent over 400 member organisations nationally, including global brands such as Apple, EMC, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Oracle; international companies including Telstra; national companies including Data#3, SMS Management and Technology, Technology One and
Oakton Limited; and a large number of ICT SME’s. All of our members, large and small are committed to developing Australia’s digital capability and presence nationally and on the global stage.