Digital Technology Taskforce

On 20 November 2019, the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a Digital Technology Taskforce in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to guide Australia on the path to being a leading digital economy by 2030.

The Taskforce has been asked to find ways to ensure all Australians can benefit from digital technology and be protected against harms. This includes considering how Government can promote productivity gains through the take up of digital technology across the Australian economy.

The Taskforce will work with industry, including large and small businesses, the community and with relevant Australian Government agencies. Digital technology is being considered across a large number of Australian Government agencies and reviews, including to meet possible skills gaps and the effects of increasing social media usage. The Taskforce will not displace this work, but will promote a joined up approach across government.

The Taskforce includes members from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Home Affairs, the Department of Communications and the Arts, the Department of Education, and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

The Taskforce will operate until mid-2021 and is currently in its establishment phase. More information regarding its work will be available here in early 2020.