The NSW Government could have done more for ICT in the State Budget, according to the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
The ACS praised the Government on a number of ICT initiatives, including the digital education rollout and procurement preferences to local suppliers, but then called on it to pay more attention to ICT incentives to lure investment to NSW.
In a statement, ACS NSW board chairman, Anthony Wong, said the ICT industry should be given the same treatment as the local film industry, which receives generous support.
Wong emphasised the potential of ICT to become a crucial part of the state’s economy, noting there were around 200,000 people employed in the industry, almost six per cent of NSW’s employment, and tipped that number would grow.
However, the ACS was heartened by the Budget’s inclusion of an expenditure assessment of ICT and encouraged the government to confer with the industry on the Gershon Review. In line with the review, the industry body said there should be a coordinated effort in implementing a number of professional development strategies to cultivate essential ICT skills needed by all government departments.