The Victorian Government is seeking your input into the development of a strategy to support Victoria’s digital economy. Many of the ideas in our Hume Region Digital Strategy are applicable statewide and we expect many will be represented in the Victorian strategy.
This initiative has been described and explained on www.digital-economy.vic.gov.au as follows:
“The Victorian Government is establishing a conversation with Victorian’s to inform and engage the government’s Digital Economy Strategy. This engagement program will inform the strategy and influence the strategy actions to build the digital capability of Victorian businesses.
The Digital Economy Strategy aims to position Victoria as a strong and innovative digital economy that can capture the substantial benefits and opportunities generated by digital technologies.”
We have discussed and written about many aspects of the digital economy on this blog and we encourage those of you who have contributed to and followed the digitalhume.com.au blog to submit ideas. This will ensure the views of businesses and the community in the Hume Region is well-represented.
You can submit your ideas and exchange views with others through the online portal. You will need to sign up to join the conversation, a process that takes about 60 seconds.
The strategy will be broken into seven key themes. You can have your say on each theme. The themes are outlined below:
“Digital inclusion refers to the extent to which all people and groups are able to use and benefit from ICT. It includes not only access to the internet, but also the availability of hardware and software, content and services, and training in digital literacy skills.”
This is a great chance for you to provide feedback on what you feel are barriers to entry for digital, whether it be in a personal or business capacity. As more services and social interactions move online, it’s important that everyone is kept involved and engaged to prevent large knowledge gaps.
Productive and Competitive SMEs
Research has shown that digital engagement is a key factor to success for SMEs and large business alike. Businesses who lack access to digital resources may find themselves falling behind in a digital economy.
Have your input about how digital has been affecting your business, what information and resources you need to keep up or voice your concerns.
“The Victorian Government is continuing to consider ways to support Victorians to access the telecommunications infrastructure and services they need. We want your views on issues that are affecting you and on some of the suggestions we’ve received about how to improve access to digital communications.”
Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Digital technologies provide a huge opportunity for Victorian businesses to change their business models, access wider customer markets and improve their offerings. What do you need as a business to improve through digital innovation? How can the Victorian Government encourage digital innovation and entrepreneurship?
A Skilled Workforce
The digital economy means that businesses must acquire new skills and expertise. Whether you are building skills internally, hiring new staff or outsourcing tasks, it is important that businesses have access to the knowledge they need. Have you had trouble finding the right expertise, need advice on where to look or what you need?
Digital technologies provide a great opportunity for businesses to reap the benefits of telecommuting or ‘teleworking’. Telecommuting is the ability of employees to work and communicate remotely from their work location, for example at home or on the move.
Many businesses are already utilising this opportunity to ensure they have a more flexible workforce and better retention of skills. For individuals living in a region like Hume telecommuting also provides great opportunities to work remotely for larger businesses based in the major cities.. Tell Business Victoria how you’re making the most of teleworking or what’s stopping you from getting started.
Leadership in Government
“Achieving these goals is a challenging task. In the coming decades, Victoria’s rapidly growing and ageing population means that our public sector will have to deliver more services to more people from a relatively smaller revenue base. We will have to be much smarter and more innovative about how we design and deliver these services. The substantial cost reductions and flexibility offered by cloud computing may provide the key to developing new, cost-effective delivery models that enable us to keep up with demand while matching customer expectations and safeguarding privacy.”
Provide feedback on how government can provide services to best meet your needs. Do you want to be involvement in improvements and initiatives? Tell them about your experiences.
You can also follow and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #DigitalEconomyVic