The federal government has established an Information Technology Industry Innovation Council to support Australia’s $98 billion IT industry. The Council will be chaired by Data#3 managing director, John Grant. The IT sector directly employs 400,000 Australians, and indirectly many more.
The Council will promote the IT sector in its own right, and as an enabler of innovation, productivity and sustainable development for the economy as a whole.
According to Innovation minister, Senator Kim Carr, the new IT Council is the fourth Industry Innovation Council established by the Rudd Government. It will champion IT-enabled innovation for social, environmental and social benefits.
“As with other Industry Innovation Councils, the IT Council will establish links with stakeholders to identify opportunities for innovation, wealth creation, IT capability and entrepreneurialism,” the minister said.