Govt establishes Digital Technology Taskforce


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 10 December, 2019


Govt establishes Digital Technology Taskforce

The federal government has established a Digital Technology Taskforce aimed at helping Australia become a world-leading digital economy by 2030.

The new taskforce will sit within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and will be instructed to find ways to maximise the benefits of the digital economy for Australians while minimising its harms.

It will work with industry, the community and government agencies to help achieve these goals, promoting a coordinated response to approaching digital technology across government agencies.

“Digital technology is being considered across a large number of Australian Government agencies and reviews, including to meet possible skills gaps and the effects of increasing social media usage,” the Department said in a statement announcing the establishment of the taskforce.

“The Taskforce will not displace this work, but will promote a joined up approach across government.”

The taskforce will include members from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Home Affairs, the Department of Communications and the Arts, the Department of Education, and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Currently in its establishment phase, the taskforce will operate until mid-2021.

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