The Digital Economy Strategy
Digital Economy Strategy 2022 update
Late last month, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet released . The update tracks how we’re doing against the strategy, focusing on the five foundations and emerging tech (a key component of the strategy).
For digital infrastructure, the 2022 update focuses on the NBN and 5G. It outlines the $4.5 billion investment plan for gigabit capability, which will be completed in 2023. Of the $4.5 billion, more than $2 billion is being invested in regional areas.
Cybersecurity, safety and trust
There’s been a lot of activity in this area, especially in cybersecurity. Some of the plans/progress include:
The Cyber Security Best Practice Regulation Taskforce
Skills and inclusion
The goal for skills and inclusion is to improve digital skills across Australia. Some of they key initiatives covered in the 2022 update include:
An additional $43.8 million for the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund
$18.6 million for digital and data training and employment opportunities for regional areas
Systems and regulation
Systems and regulation focuses on rules and laws to drive digital innovation. Progress highlighted in the 2022 update includes:
Consultation started on modernising the Payment Systems (Regulation) Act 1998
Work started on crypto asset regulation
Continued investment in digital identity
Trade and international engagement
The goal in this area is to improve digital trade. Some areas covered in the 2022 update are:
Investing $18.6 million in critical and emerging technologies standards
Emerging technologies are a key focal point of Australia’s Digital Economy Strategy 2030. Progress highlighted in the 2022 update includes:
Salsa Digital’s take
It’s great to see a report that tracks progress so soon after the initial strategy document. A lot of work has happened in the digital space in a short time, especially across cybersecurity and emerging tech. This work will help keep us on track to be a top 10 digital economy and society by 2030.
Many of the areas also align with Salsa’s work and interests in digital transformation in government. For example:
- Digital infrastructure — whole-of-government platforms such as and Victoria’s can help with the 2030 digital infrastructure goal of making people’s lives easier through integrated data and technologies
- Cybersecurity — we’re currently doing a lot of work in the cybersecurity space and have been involved in IRAP certification for platforms ().
- Systems and regulation — Salsa is giving back to the open source community by donating Salsarians’ time (24 hours per week) to help with the GovZero Aotearoa rules as code project led by .
The 2022 update provides a lot of detail and documentation, and we’re keen to cover some of the newer documents in future editions of DTIG…so keep an eye out for upcoming DTIGs!