Queensland Government Gets Smart with the ICT Economy
- 10 September, 2009 14:39
<p>Thursday, 10 September 2009</p>
<p>The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement of two new ICT strategies under the banner Towards Q2 that will drive greater economic competitiveness and social improvements in the future for Queensland.</p>
<p>Speaking to over 1,000 attendees at an AIIA event in Brisbane, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced a three part approach to build a better Queensland through the intelligent management, application and development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).</p>
<p>The plan comprises a strategy for a ‘One Government’ approach for the delivery of ICT services to Queenslanders along with a clearly articulated five-year implementation plan. A third component, Information and Communication Technology for Tomorrow’s Queensland, sets out an approach to ensure ICT industry development in the state.</p>
<p>AIIA National Chairman John Grant praised Queensland’s recognition of the contribution that ICT will make to the economic and social future of the State.</p>
<p>Mr Grant said, “The development of Queensland’s ICT strategy has involved broad and deep engagement with the technology industry, through AIIA for many years and more recently through Queensland’s ICT Industry Workgroup, of which AIIA is a member.”</p>
<p>“The development of this productive relationship between industry and government will contribute greatly to the outcomes that the government is seeking to deliver. It will shape the success of the government’s goals in areas from the delivery of savings across business as usual activities to unified procurement activities. By doing so, it provides the opportunity for the industry to develop and deliver solutions that more effectively meet the needs of government and the Queensland community.”</p>
<p>“The AIIA would welcome similar visionary approaches to achieving the value of transformational ICT from other major states and territories.”</p>
<p>AIIA Queensland Chair, Kirsty Garrett said that the Queensland Government’s strategy represented a very effective approach to ICT with the potential to deliver many positive outcomes for the State. This ranged from an increase in community engagement and connectivity to a more cost-efficient government and the development of capacity to create innovative solutions for many of State’s most pressing issues.</p>
<p>Ms Garrett said, “It is clear that the Premier ‘gets IT’. From the vision statement to implementation strategy and industry development plan, Queensland is positioning itself for the development of a smart economy that will make the most of the rollout of the National Broadband Network.”</p>
<p>MobileIP, a Queensland based company and a winner of the 2009 iAwards for the Communications and e-Government categories for its Free2move system, welcomed the Government’s announcement.</p>
<p>Maree Adshead, CEO of MobileIP said, “As a small IT business with government customers, this announcement is really encouraging as it will assist other small innovative IT businesses like us in the procurement process. Any assistance the Queensland Government can provide in helping to promote Queensland developed IT products and solutions overseas will certainly help Mobile IP in our international expansion plans.”</p>
<p>According to the 2006-07 Annual Survey of the Queensland ICT Industry, the Queensland ICT industry comprises of an estimated 5,700 businesses employing a direct workforce of 70,000 and generates revenues of approximately $29 billion and exports of $1.15 billion.</p>
<p>Information about Toward Q2 through ICT is available at www.qgcio.qld.gov.au.</p>
<p>For more information or interview opportunities, please contact:</p>
<p>Phone: (02) 9954 3492</p>
<p>The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) sets the strategic direction of the ICT industry, influences public policy, engages industry stakeholders and provides member companies with business productivity tools, advisory services and market intelligence to accelerate their business growth. For further information, visit www.aiia.com.au.</p>
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