National Digital Economy Strategy
Leveraging the National Broadband Network to drive Australia's Digital Productivity
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The Australian Government is investing in the establishment of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The NBN will provide reliable, ubiquitous, high-speed broadband to all Australian premises. Now, as the first homes, schools and businesses are being connected to the NBN, it is appropriate to take a step back and contemplate where this infrastructure investment will take us. The National Digital Economy Strategy outlines the government’s vision for Australia’s digital economy. The government is committed to ensuring that by 2020, as the physical build of the NBN will be nearing completion, Australia is one of the world’s leading digital economies. The NBN will provide the vital enabling infrastructure to achieve this vision. To assist us in scoping the task that lies before us and to measure our progress towards achieving this vision, this strategy outlines eight Digital Economy Goals. It explains why they are important, where we are now and what initial steps the government will take to get us there. The goals focus on key areas such as online participation by Australian households, businesses and not-for-profit organisations; health; education; teleworking; regional Australia; government services and smart technology. The task of ensuring that all sectors of Australian society and industry participate fully in the digital economy and enjoy its benefits, is one that requires collaborative effort between government, industry and the community. Consequently, in this strategy, the government invites industry, state and territory governments and local councils to join with it to contribute to this vision. I am particularly pleased to highlight some existing industry initiatives that have been undertaken to promote greater digital engagement around the country. This strategy is the outcome of your suggestions, ideas and participation at the Realising Our Broadband Future forum—www.broadbandfuture.gov.au—held in Sydney on 9–10 December 2009. I look forward to continuing to collaborate across government, industry and the community to achieve the vision of Australia as a global leading digital economy by 2020. Finally, I invite you to visit www.nbn.gov.au and join the...