AIIA Policy Priorities

COVID has demonstrated the importance of digital technologies to the Australian economy and society that has led to an accelerated adoption of new technology platforms and capabilities. We work closely with State and Federal Governments to help reach the stated ambitions for Australia to be a leading digital economy by 2030 and a top 3 digital government by 2025.

We have done this by developing significant white papers and policy positions covering:

    Digital government and procurement reforms

    Digital Health

    Digital Skills and education

    Commercialisation and tax reforms that target new and emerging tech such as AI and quantum technologies

    Domestic capability policies

    E-waste, product stewardship, circular economy and tech standards

    Tech & cyber security regulation

    We work with our members, including our policy advisory networks (PANs) to determine policy priorities of the AIIA.

    More detailed information on our policy positions can be found in our white papers and submissions to government.

    Some of our key papers include:

    AIIA Proposals Adopted To Date

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    Digital government and procurement reforms
    • That the Prime Minister urgently appoint a Digital Economy Minister, supported by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and reporting directly to the Prime Minister. Minister to advise Cabinet and have a whole of government and coordination role centred on the digital economy and policies.
    • That the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Home Affairs engage with the AIIA when reviewing the Critical Infrastructure List in determining whether it supports both the immediate and long-term development of the digital economy
    Digital skills and education
    • That the current JobKeeper payment scheme be updated with a portion of the current funding allocated to training credits for employers to re-skill their workforce in critical technical skills.
    • That the Australian Industry Skills Council update the ICT Industry Training Package, so that ICT training and qualifications in the VET sector better reflect industry skills requirements.
    • That Policy reform and investment be initiated to attract global cybersecurity talent to address the immediate skills shortage.
    Domestic capability policies
    • That Government support investment in an Australian data driven supply chain by improving the security and movement of goods by expanding the scope of the proposed National Freight Hub.
    Tech and cyber security regulation
    • That Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security strategy be extended to include business resiliency and enhance support to Australian SMEs through Cyber awareness and support programmes and continue to invest in Cyber Security skills, in particular the area of Operational Technology security.
    • Government to drive vehicle telemetry and a standardised minimum set of real-time data reporting on trucks across light-rigid class and all heavier class and expand acceptable telemetry technology to low-cost options.
    Commercialisation and tax incentive reforms that target new and emerging tech such as AI and quantum technologies.
    • That Government invest in an AI Strategy and funding including focus on commercialisation.
    • That Government put additional funding to ensure Australian maintains a global capability and skills in Quantum technologies.

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