Date posted: 29/05/2019

Urgent need for skills underpins Fourth Industrial Revolution

Seventeen game changers in six core areas sounded out by ACS.

in brief

  • Expediting technology/knowledge transfer through the development of human capital
  • Establishing Australia as a world leader in technology talent
  • STEAMing ahead through education

ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, has released its 2019 Federal Election Manifesto. It is entitled ‘17 #gamechangers to ensure Australians attract higher paying jobs’ and called out six key areas: 

  • An urgent need to ignite skills development underpinning the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Doubling down on the capital flow available for early stage high-growth tech companies
  • The need to establish artificial intelligence as a national priority, taking an ecosystem development approach and focusing on the D side of R&D
  • Establishing Australia as a world leader in technology talent
  • STEAMing ahead through education
  • Establishing smart cities for a smart country.

ACS President Yohan Ramasundara said: “The best way to expedite technology and knowledge transfer is through the development of our nation’s human capital. If we want to ensure Australians attract higher-paying jobs in the future, these are the high-impact policy levers that need to be addressed.”

The six areas contain 17 recommendations, with the ACS calling on the incoming Federal Government to adopt all 17 game changer policy initiatives.

“The best way to expedite technology and knowledge transfer is through the development of our nation’s human capital.”
Establishing Australia as a world leader in technology talent.