The Government recently announced its plans for GoDigitalQld, a long-term plan for making Queensland a stronghold in the digital sphere – both throughout the country as well as internationally recognised.
In the Queensland Digital Economy Strategy and Action Plan, a strong focus on connecting families and other networks, particularly in the more remote locations in the state, was stated.
Along with tourism, the digital industries are considered to be one of Queensland’s economic ‘four pillars’. It is thought that the strategy will help to build a more confident and skills-based infrastructure in the state, with the government leading the way in the opening up of data on public portals. The freeing of information sources is part of a bid to modernise Queensland, aiding economic growth and developing businesses in the region.
Some ways that the new technologies are intended to be used are with video to link medical services together with more ease and accessibility, as well as the indirect benefits of job creation and export opportunities to help business in Queensland flourish.
The rise of self-service continues, with the government opening ‘one-stop-shops’ as part of the incentive to push digital interactions throughout the state, enabling those without domestic internet access to still stay connected with governmental information.
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman welcomed the initiative, stating that the plans are an excellent way of showing Queensland as “a digital ready and competitive environment” in which to conduct business and investment.
It is aimed that the integration of the digital sector into the economy will provide a framework that will unite governmental and regional agencies, as well as business owners, in a combined effort to further Queensland’s reputation for high levels of productivity and innovation.
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