The Australian Government’s aim is that, by 2020, Australia will be among the world’s leading digital economies.
Ensuring that Australia becomes a leading digital economy will contribute to Australia’s productivity, maintain our global competitiveness and improve our social wellbeing. The government’s commitment to build the enabling infrastructure for the digital economy, the National Broadband Network (NBN), is a key step towards this vision.
To measure our progress in realising this vision, the government has set eight ‘Digital Economy Goals’ that focus on the areas of:
- online participation by Australian households
- online engagement by Australian businesses and not-for-profit organisations
- smart management of our environment and infrastructure
- improved health and aged care
- expanded online education
- increased teleworking
- improved online government service delivery and engagement
- greater digital engagement in regional Australia.
The comprehensive transition of Australia’s economy and society to a digital economy is appropriately a market-led phenomenon. Maximising the benefit of the digital economy requires action by all levels of governments, industry and the community as a whole. The government invites industry, state and territory governments and local councils to join with it to contribute to the vision of Australia becoming a leading digital economy by 2020.