The Government’s Information Technology Infrastructure Outsourcing Initiative, which started in 1997, has had as one of its primary objectives the development of the Australian information technology industry. Under the approach that applied until January 2001, companies that have secured IT outsourcing contracts are required to report annually on the industry development outcomes arising from these contracts. This is the first summary report, which presents information on those industry development outcomes during the year.
The Initiative has delivered a substantial dividend to the wider Australian community in the form of new industry development activity. Of particular note are the opportunities for Australia’s small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to deliver services under the contracts, and establish new relationships with the multinational IT corporations which can lead to additional work both in Australia and overseas.