Technology contributing more to economy than mining: ACS

THE Australian Computer Society has unveiled its election wish list, calling on the major political parties to address five key issues it claims are holding back the Australian economy.

ACS identified the issues after consulting more than 20,000 Australian information and communication technology professionals, industry leaders, national education and training providers and key users of ICT, as well as using its own statistical research.

ACS president Nick Tate said the more than 550,000 Australians worked in ICT, with the digital economy contributing more to GDP than mining.

"For too long Australia has believed the myth that mining and agriculture are the only paths that can continue to grow our economy," Dr Tate said.

"Like our regional partners, we need to recognise that the digital economy has become the key component of the economy, and we need government to support this vital growth area."

The issues identified by the ACS were greater support for ICT skills; improving digital literacy; quality advice to government to keep up with rapid changes in technology; improved data on the digital economy, and; making more government information available, or "open data".

Topics:  economy federal election 2013 technology

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