The New South Wales government has launched a $50 million IT plan to address a critical shortage of skilled workers in the state.
The government estimates the IT skills shortage has escalated to about 70,000 and the focus of the IT action plan is to address the shortfall over the next four years.
It includes the introduction of a four-year TAFE diploma in IT and communications, boosting IT traineeships in partnership with the private sector and the establishment of an e-learning centre at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.
Funding has also been made available to train 25,000 school teachers in computer skills and the introduction of computer testing in schools.
NSW Premier Bob Carr established an IT consultative group last year to advise Cabinet on ways to tackle the shortfall.
The state's information and communications industries generate more than $26 billion each year.