The Queensland Government has announced a $170,000 grant for the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) to develop productivity and economic growth on the back of the NBN rollout in the state.
The grant - the Digital Economy Toolkit for Queensland Business - was announced by the Treasurer of Queensland and Minister for State Development and Trade, Minster Andrew Fraser.
It will be complimented by a series of workshops to be held in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and the Wide Bay-Burnett region.
In a release, AIIA CEO, Ian Birks, said the Queensland state is focused on creating a genuine digital economy.
“This level of recognition from the Treasurer of the significant role that technology will play across all areas of the economy demonstrates a strong understanding of the real issues. Broadband initiatives are not about faster email and movies," Birks said in the release.
“The ICT industry delivers the chance to compete in a global environment, stimulate job growth, attract Foreign Direct Investment and spawn entirely new industries. This represents enormous opportunities for Queensland.”
The AIIA will develop a range of initiatives to stimulate digital productivity across three main focuses: awareness, education and realisation. The engagement between Government, industry and the community will be a core concern.