Victoria unveils $85 million ICT plan
The Victorian Government has revealed its $85 million ICT plan that will aim to support continued growth in the sector while developing global competitiveness.
Speaking at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Symposium in Melbourne today, State Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said the ICT plan aimed to build Victoria's capability to support the application of ICT in other industries.
"The ICT plan will support the sector in overcoming current and future challenges, while promoting ICT-enabled innovation more broadly across Victorian industry and generating opportunities from technology convergence," Mr Rich-Phillips said.
A key component of the ICT plan is the $11 million Digital Futures Fund which supports collaborative projects in the ICT sector and with other partners to develop emerging ICT capabilities in Victoria
The Technology Trade and International Partnering Program will provide assistance for export-ready Victorian companies to attend recognised overseas ICT trade fairs and participate in trade missions.
The $18 million Broadband Enabled-Innovation Program will provide grants to innovative projects to develop new ways of working and improving service delivery in business, government and the community through the use of high-capacity broadband.
An investment of around $2 million in a suite of ICT skills initiatives, in partnership with industry and the education sector, will deliver targeted programs for the continued growth of ICT in Victoria.
For further information and to download Victoria's Technology Plan for the Future – Information and Communication Technology visit www.mmv.vic.gov.au