Digital Industry

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How will the Digital Economy Strategy affect Queensland’s Digital Industry?

This focus area is about identifying future actions and ideas that would contribute to the increased production and consumption of innovative Queensland digital solutions; attract talented people into digital careers; and lead to better cross-industry partnerships.

Queensland’s digital industry is critical to creating and supporting digital solutions for the other focus areas identified in the draft Strategy.

The Queensland digital industry can offer services and solutions to assist Queensland businesses and other industries realise their potential and increase their productivity for example by accessing supply chains, tapping new markets, enabling workforce mobility and use of cloud computing.

Consultation feedback

  • The need for the local digital industry to raise its profile and “professionalism”, and for other industry sectors to better utilise the local digital industry and ICT professionals/skilled workers were identified by a number of respondents as key challenges facing the digital industry in Queensland.
  • The need for better statistical data on Queensland’s growing digital based industry and to measure digital capability among Queensland businesses, industry and government sectors was also identified.
  • A number of written submissions strongly called on all levels of government to work together to attract new investment,venture capital and major global companies to invest in Queensland to grow the local digital industry ecosystem.


How will the Digital Economy Strategy affect Queensland’s Digital Industry?

This focus area is about identifying future actions and ideas that would contribute to the increased production and consumption of innovative Queensland digital solutions; attract talented people into digital careers; and lead to better cross-industry partnerships.

Queensland’s digital industry is critical to creating and supporting digital solutions for the other focus areas identified in the draft Strategy.

The Queensland digital industry can offer services and solutions to assist Queensland businesses and other industries realise their potential and increase their productivity for example by accessing supply chains, tapping new markets, enabling workforce mobility and use of cloud computing.

Consultation feedback

  • The need for the local digital industry to raise its profile and “professionalism”, and for other industry sectors to better utilise the local digital industry and ICT professionals/skilled workers were identified by a number of respondents as key challenges facing the digital industry in Queensland.
  • The need for better statistical data on Queensland’s growing digital based industry and to measure digital capability among Queensland businesses, industry and government sectors was also identified.
  • A number of written submissions strongly called on all levels of government to work together to attract new investment,venture capital and major global companies to invest in Queensland to grow the local digital industry ecosystem.

Queensland and ICT careers

Queensland is leading the nation in encouraging school students to undertake tertiary studies in ICT and pursue careers in the industry.

The success is thanks largely to Group X, an innovative collaboration between industry, educational institutions and the state government.

The I Choose Technology program was developed to help promote ICT study and careers to school students through careers expos, school visits and competitions.

In addition to the expos and school visits, the I Choose Technology website, www.ichoosetechnology.com.au, provides a wealth of information about the many pathways students can follow in an ICT career. 

Queensland Chair for Group X, Mr Gavin Keeley, said their 2012 activities reached over 40,000 school students throughout Queensland.

"Our role is to help students to open their eyes to the possibilities on offer from a career in ICT. The ICT industry is a very large and growing employer in Queensland and we’re doing everything we can to help students take advantage of those opportunities," he said.

Partners in digital productivity: Agriculture


On the 22nd of November over 90 ICT and Agriculture industry representatives in Brisbane, Townsville and Toowoomba participated in the 'Partners in digital productivity: Agriculture' forum.

The forum involved round table discussions that focussed on the key challenges facing the Agricultural sector.  A panel discussion was led by industry representatives and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.  The discussions highlighted opportunities for the ICT industry to collaborate with the Agricultural sector and how digital technologies could further increase Agricultural production. The event was live streamed to Toowoomba and Townsville, with these sites also joining in the conversation via Skype.  The forum was very productive with over 30 people signing up to take part in future collaborative initiatives to increase digital productivity in the Agriculture sector.

The forum was organised by the Digital Economy Policy and Commercialisation Unit in Queenslands, Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, as an extension to their popular Partners in Technology program.
The "Partners in digital productivity" forums will continue next year with a focus on Tourism, Construction and the Resources sector.

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