ICT to Benefit From Whole-Of-Government Approach

Tasmanian Liberals Media Statement 20.03.24

Under our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future – Tasmania’s established Advanced Technology Industries can continue to go from strength-to-strength.

Minister for Science and Technology, Madeleine Ogilvie, said that only the Liberals have a Strong Plan to harness the exponential growth of Tasmania’s respected Advanced Technology Industries.

“Tasmania has already demonstrated that we are a force to be reckoned with on the world-stage, producing cutting edge tech and advancements right here,” Minister Ogilvie said.

“In order to harness this growth and to give the sector confidence we will develop a whole-of-government Advanced Technology Industries Strategy.

“This Strategy will allow us to amplify Tasmania’s strategic southern advantage, increase research capabilities and accelerate the growth of the industry for the benefit of all Tasmanians, further strengthening our economy, industries and infrastructure.

“This whole-of-government approach will be coupled with strong support for the Information and Communication Technology sector in order to keep our homegrown cutting edge industries moving forward at a rapid pace.”

A re-elected majority Rockliff Liberal Government will:

  • Establish an Advanced Technology Industries Strategy to assist industry to leverage the rapid advances in science and technology.
  • Support TasICT with $30,000 to help deliver its cyber security conference, workforce development and student engagement.
  • Deliver our $3.3 million Cyber Hubs Initiative to bolster our cyber defences through a new whole-of-government shared operating model and a sustainable cyber security operating model required to ensure the Tasmanian Government data and systems are kept safe.
  • Continue our $11.5 million work to improve Tasmania‚Äôs digital connectivity and deliver an additional subsea cable link landing in Southern Tasmania to underpin economic and social benefits to the State into the future.
  • Continue to deliver the $12.9 million Project Unify, which will upgrade a number of disparate, disconnected and ageing ICT systems that support policing operations and external clients.
  • Deliver our $475 million, 10-year Digital Health Transformation Program to allow for increased care at home or in the community across Tasmania’s geographically-dispersed population.
  • Continuing the Fisheries Digital Transition Project, Stage 2, to support the ongoing transition of Tasmanian commercial wild-capture fisheries to digital platforms, and supporting digital licensing.
  • Update the Tasmanian Development Act to further encourage development and jobs, removing the $10 million limit which constrains the Board’s ability to invest in projects and enabling the State to co-invest in strategic projects that benefit Tasmania, including advanced manufacturing and technology and research.
  • Deliver a $1 million grant program to support small businesses across Tasmania to thrive, adapt and innovate in their local communities, with grants of up to $10,000 for capital purchases, such as new technology, or update cybersecurity.
  • Help more local Tasmanian ICT businesses win Government work by increasing the Buy Local economic and social benefit test test to 30 per cent.
  • Introduce a single form tendering process specifically designed for small businesses for all projects valued up to $250,000.

Only a re-elected majority Rockliff Liberal Government has a 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future and will deliver the confidence needed for our ICT and Advanced Technology Industries to continue to grow.All policies costed elsewhere.