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COVID-19 accelerated the take up of digital technology and highlighted the role it can play to support and enhance business operations across every sector of the economy, improve the delivery of government services and make life easier for Australians. From telehealth and electronic prescriptions to online sales, cloud computing and remote working, COVID-19 has driven a huge leap forward in our digital capability and our appetite for data. Australia must maintain this momentum to secure our future prosperity and protect our national interests.

This strategy sets out how Australia will secure its future as a modern and leading digital economy and society by 2030. It builds on the Australian government’s existing digital and data initiatives, sets out further actions the government is taking through the 2021-22 Budget and defines future pathways to 2030.

The strategy recognises that the government plays an enabling role – Australian businesses and individuals will ultimately determine our success. The strategy is built around three pillars:

  1. Building the foundations to grow the digital economy – The first role of government is to create the policy settings for the digital economy to flourish. This includes investing in digital infrastructure, a skilled workforce, digital inclusion, digital trade agreements, cyber security and safety, and world-class systems and regulation that encourage the adoption and creation of trusted digital technology.
  2. Building capability in emerging technologies – The Government recognises the important role of emerging technologies in driving future productivity and prosperity. It is developing its understanding of these technologies so it can build capability and keep pace with changes in technology to position Australia at the forefront of technology development and use.
  3. Setting Digital Growth Priorities to lift our ambition – The Government has identified four strategic priorities across the economy where we can partner with the private sector to drive digital growth, jobs and capability. These priorities include lifting the digital capability of small to medium enterprises (SMEs); supporting modern and globally competitive industry sectors in areas like manufacturing, agriculture, mining and construction; building a dynamic and emerging technology sector; and delivering simple and secure digital government services.

The strategy sets out the pathways to guide future actions, set ambitious targets and will be continually renewed to realise the government's vision of being a leading digital economy and society by 2030.

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