The Information Technology Innovation Council was announced by Senator the Hon Kim Carr on 5 May 2009 in recognition of the leading role that IT plays across all sectors of our economy and its ability to enable innovation which can transform existing industries, create new ones and enhance Australia’s productivity and competitiveness. The Council which primarily acts as an advisory body to the Minister is made up of 25 members drawn from across the IT spectrum, including representatives from industry, suppliers, users, education, research, government and unions. The Council also plays a strong advocacy role promoting the sector in its own right and as an enabler of innovation, productivity and sustainable development for the economy as a whole. It has defined two major areas of focus – ‘Developing innovative technology – turning ideas into products and services of value’ and ‘Applying innovative technology – creating competitive advantage for business and government’. Since the Council was established, five meetings have been held, a strategic plan agreed upon and a body of work is well underway.
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