By 2020, digital technology is forecasted to account for 10% of Australia’s total GDP. The ICT sector is driving transformational change across society and the economy. Technology is a great enabler; it allows us to compete globally, it drives inclusion – connecting people who otherwise would be marginalised, and it offers us a rich source of information. Therefore, we must embrace a digital economy.

As the peak industry body for Australia’s information industry, the AIIA has a critical role to play in elevating this to the top of the national agenda, and I am proud of what the AIIA has achieved in 2017.

  • We hosted close to 100 events across all states to collaborate and discuss topics, such as IOT, blockchain, digital health and digitisation of government.
  • We worked closely with Federal, State and Territory Ministers and Departments, to help shape policy issues and deliver more positive outcomes for our industry and members in the areas of skills development, driving the STEM agenda, cyber security capabilities, ICT procurement reform, and changes to recent 457 visa categories.
  • We delivered over 40 policy submissions to government at both the federal and state level on a range of topics, including the development of the National Innovation Strategy, Internet of Things and Digital Cities.
  • We facilitated over 70 forums and conversations between members, and federal and state government ministers, opposition and government agencies.

Building a thriving technology sector as a key driver of our economy is a team game – when we speak as an industry, it is a very powerful voice. I believe in standing united and shaping the narrative in Australia together.

Looking towards 2018, let us continue to advocate for our industry by shining a light on our successes through a clear and consistent voice.