Senate debates

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Questions without Notice

Economy: Digital Economy Strategy

3:49 pm

Photo of Jane HumeJane Hume (Victoria, Liberal Party, Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy) Share this | Hansard source

The Morrison government understands the importance of digital technology to Australia's economic recovery, and that's why we have announced this $1.2 billion package to ensure that we have the right infrastructure, skills, services and settings in place to assure Australia's ongoing prosperity. For example, we're investing $124 million in AI initiatives to grow the next generation of AI experts and help small and medium enterprises leverage technology to boost productivity. We're investing $12.7 million in the expansion of the hugely successful and oversubscribed ASBAS program to ensure that 1,700 businesses get access to services that will help them grow and leverage digital technologies. These are just a handful of the initiatives put into place to ensure opportunity, growth and jobs for all Australians now and into the future.


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