Northern Territory ICT businesses will benefit from a $1 million grant over two years in a move to drive innovation, build capacity in the local ICT industry and create jobs.
The Digital Partnerships grant will be available to local businesses in matched funding to develop digital innovations in partnership with other industry sectors in the NT, with the program to start in early 2019.
This is part of the Northern Territory Digital Strategy released by minister for corporate and information services Lauren Moss.
The program aims to support the local ICT industry to build capacity and create jobs, foster partnerships between the Territory’s IT sector and other local industries, plus encourage the development of innovative digital solutions to meet local challenges and support economic growth.
“The Digital Partnerships grants program will support local technology-focused innovations with growth potential and build stronger collaborative ties between the local ICT industry and other key industry sectors to create jobs and grow the economy," Moss said.
The strategy focus on five areas including growing jobs and business, connecting Territory communities, building digital skills, enabling smarter communities and improving public services for Territorians.
The strategy was developed following a public consultation and took into consideration 40 received submissions. It will work through collaborations between individuals, businesses, community, industry and government.
The digital strategy is underpinned by an Action Plan that presents the first published set of over 60 digital actions including co-investment in the expansion of telecommunications infrastructure in remote areas, automate workflow to transfer data in real time between police, justice and corrections and commission the new Government data centre, currently in delivery phase.
Guidelines for the Digital Partnerships grant program will be developed over coming months in consultation with the ICT industry and other stakeholders.
"The Digital Strategy is the first of its kind for the Territory and sets out a framework that will enable Territorians to make the most of digital technology to create and take on the jobs of the future, to build connections, to reach their potential and to thrive in a digital economy," Moss said.
"Digital technology presents enormous opportunities for us to find new solutions to long-standing challenges, including how we deliver quality services to Territorians across vast distances and business enterprise development in even the most remote parts of the Territory."