Plans for Australia to play on World Digital Stage by 2020
Australia will become a world leader in the digital economy within the next decade if the government's plans under the National Digital Economy Strategy (NDES) are successful, which could be great news for those with IT jobs across the country.
An update to the NDES was announced last week on June 12 2013 by Stephen Conroy, the minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy.
Titled Advancing Australia as a Digital Economy, the new proposals have outlined 24 actions to be taken to continue working on the goals set out by the original 2011 NDES, which was intended to reflect the fluid and growing digital environment of the future.
Some of the actions included in the plan will likely boost the opportunities for IT jobs in Australia, such as the announcement that National ICT Australia will be funded to lead a consortium to develop programs for the promotion of ICT skills and careers in schools.
Another step in the plan will see more adoption of cloud computing in Australia, which will likely lead to an increase in requirements for skilled professionals in the industry. To achieve this, resources will be made available for small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and consumers to acquire cloud services.
"The update to the National Digital Economy Strategy (NDES) sets Australia on the path to a secure economic future beyond the resources boom, underpinned by our investment in the National Broadband Network," explained Mr Conroy, as he made the announcements.
Also included in the plan was the intention to move most government services online within the next four years.
As Mr Conroy said, "becoming a world-leading digital economy by 2020 will not just happen by itself", so initiatives such as these are welcome for their potential to boost the digital industry and its implications for the IT industry.