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Talent: Develop better ICT skills in education

All schools, adult education and higher education must improve their ICT skills development to incorporate basic computer literacy, task automation, basic programming, project management, troubleshooting, online collaboration and online contributing just to name a few. These skills will drive innovation and productivity regardless of the industry or job description.

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Funding & Startups: Create a fertile centre for ICT innovators

ICT startups require a good mix of mentors, investors, potential customers, and talent to succeed. Overseas, startup centers have been created where potential founders can get in contact with these in favourable environments. They get the opportunity to develop their product ideas to a first demonstration stage with minimal funding and HW/networking support, so they can test the product with potential customers and investors. ...more »

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Government Procurement: To be first customer of new products

Australian companies in general – and the government in particular – have a tendency to regard locally developed technology as inferior to technology developed overseas. The government should be encouraged to be a trial customer of locally developed ICT products more often. AGIMO could be tasked with pilot testing Australian innovative products and adding them to a list of feasibility-certified solutions which are then ...more »

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Government Procurement: Review of tender process & local impact

A review should be conducted on the difficulty and limitations of current tendering processes, and how they limit local and small industry responses and therefore delivery of services. There should also be included a review of the resulting opportunities lost for innovation, for high value solutions and for broader socio-economic growth through the tendering limitations for local and small businesses so there can be a ...more »

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Misc: Better showcase Australian successes

Australian success stories in ICT are not very well known. In comparison to our idols in sports, we do not celebrate our idols in technology. It might be possible to include such knowledge into our education system, in TV programs, in public events. Increasing that knowledge generally will have positive impact on all aspects of concern - education, investment, procurement, etc.

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Government Procurement: Purchase of local tech where possible

Often there is locally developed technology available that competes with an international product. The safe choice is to go with the international product which tends to have an international reputation, tends to have a big company name behind it, and tends to be more expensive. Local companies lose out even though they tend to be more competent and much cheaper, simply because of lack of international reputation. The ...more »

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Funding & Startups: Tax incentives recommendations

The following tax incentive recommendations are from the Silicon Beach Lifeguard paper. • R&D investments - In addition to reducing the cost of business for this research-intensive sector, more prominent impacts would be multinationals relocating their R&D centres to Australia, which upskill the local industry. Having said that, the current R&D tax allowances have been considered very helpful. • Investors in startups ...more »

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Funding & Startups: Funding Innovative Startups HECS/HELP scheme

Examination of the feasibility of using existing HECS/HELP infrastructure to fund start-up businesses needing relatively small sums of seed funding, perhaps similar to the cost of a university full-fee degree. This would probably take the form of initially a analyst report on the scope/workings of the idea, followed by an economic and policy analysis. This idea was raised in the Melbourne node, and felt to be an innovative ...more »

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Funding & Startups: A scheme similar to Commercial Ready

Currently, the COMET program allows individuals and early-stage companies to turn an innovative idea into an initial product. The next step - the transformation of an initial product into a successful product - used to be supported by the Commercial Ready program. In the ICT space, there is no new alternative program that supports this transformation step which tends to require more investment into R&D than any of the ...more »

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Mobile & Web 2.0: Establish a National Broadband Digital Applica

Australia should create and establish of a National Broadband Digital Applications Lab - to assist Australian startups develop and commercialise new applications to get Australia ahead in this area. i.e. remote medical applications, games, educational, entertainment, enabling rural and regional business.

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Mobile & Web 2.0: Policy development and subsequent support

As Australia is already doing particularly well in both these emerging areas, there needs to be an understanding of Australia's capacity, the socio-economic opportunities for Australia, and the subsequent policy and strategies put in place to drive forward Australian companies to compete on the global stage.

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