Posted on 13. Oct, 2010 in Victoria

Victoria is set to capitalise on securing the hub of the $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) and create a new era of economic prosperity with a $110 million Information and Communication Technology (ICT) action plan to create jobs and keep Victoria ahead of the pack.

Information and Communication Technology Minister John Lenders said Victoria had become the nation’s ICT capital and the delivery of the Victorian ICT Action Plan means there is no better time to be working in Victoria’s exciting ICT sector than right now.

“The Brumby Labor Government’s strong leadership is keeping our economy heading in the right direction and Victoria is creating more jobs than any other state,” Mr Lenders said.

“We have actively embraced new technology giving Victoria the opportunity to capitalise on the world-wide recovery from the Global Financial Crisis.

“New technology will deliver a new era of economic prosperity for our state, building on our agricultural, mining, manufacturing and services phases.

“As Australia’s technology hub, Victoria needs a strong and innovative plan for our broadband future. This new plan includes investment into 160 new highly skilled research jobs at the NICTA Victoria Research Laboratory.

“Victoria’s strong ICT capabilities provide the state with the foundation we need to capture the future economic, productive and social benefits from the NBN and the benefits that flow on from it.

This new plan continues Victoria’s leadership in ICT policies and programs and will ensure ICT continues to play a key role in the development of a prosperous, sustainable and liveable Victoria.

Mr Lenders said the Victorian ICT Action Plan focuses on six key actions: increasing the ICT industry’s global profile, establishing Victoria as Australia’s ICT R&D centre, using ICT to foster innovation, building skills, and broadband leadership.

Key parts of the Victorian ICT Action Plan include:

  • $33 million in extra funding for NICTA to help create a further 160 research jobs;
  • $20 million VicFibreLINKS program will establish competitive fibre optic cable backbone links in key regional markets, including routes to Mildura and Warrnambool in combination with the Australian Government’s Regional Backbone Blackspots Program;
  • $14 million for the second round of the $28 million pilot Smart SMEs Market Validation Program. The program is a pre-commercial R&D initiative that gives SMEs the opportunity to develop technology solutions for government through to proof-of-concept;
  • $9 million to implement the Re-Innovate Broadband Program to develop and pilot projects that use high-speed broadband to improve regional services and lifestyles – positioning Victoria to capture early benefits from establishment of the NBN;
  • $8 million for the Smart SMEs Innovation Commercialisation program to help take Victorian ICT goods to market;
  • $5 million to help develop the next generation of ICT applications that use high-capacity broadband environment through the Collaborative Internet Innovation Fund;
  • $4.1 million for a new Online Media and Digital Publishing Strategy;
  • $2 million for a suite of digital media programs through Film Victoria; and
  • $14.9 million for a range of other programs.


“The Victorian ICT industry is transforming the way we live, work, play, interact and learn and unlike other places around the world it is growing with more than 2000 jobs created so far this year,” Mr Lenders said.

“This plan will help our economy become more productive and even more resilient to international economic downturns in the future.”

Mr Lenders said the plan is a key part of the Victorian Government’s economic statement Victoria: Innovation State, launched yesterday by Premier John Brumby which set out the state’s economic priorities.

“The Brumby Labor Government is investing in the strongest resource we have – the ideas of the Victorian people to keep our State’s reputation as the economic engine room of the nation,” Mr Lenders said.

Mr Lenders said over the past decade, the Victorian Government has invested more than $4 billion in innovation and technology initiatives, more than any other state in Australia.

To download a copy of the Victorian ICT Action Plan go to www.mmv.vic.gov.au


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