The Government announced its intention to develop action plans for key sectors of the economy in September 2011. The initial sectors of focus are digital economy, international education and research, manufacturing, and professional services. The plans were developed by industry led Taskforces, and are informed by comprehensive consultations with businesses, industry peak bodies and communities across NSW that were conducted from late 2011 to early 2012. Draft plans were released for final industry consultation and feedback in July 2012.
The Taskforces provided their Industry Action Plans to Government in late September 2012. These reports recommend a broad set of actions to be implemented by industry and government to support growth and improve productivity in these sectors. The Government has now considered the Plans and, with the advice of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, has developed its response through whole-of-government discussion and agreement.