The establishment of the Information Technology Industry Innovation Council (ITIIC) recognises the leading role that IT plays across all sectors of our economy and its potential to enable innovation which can transform existing industries, create new ones, enhance Australia's competitiveness, assist with solutions to environmental problems and enhance social inclusion. The Council acts as an advisory body to Minister Combet both in regard to innovation within the sector and IT's potential to foster innovation across the economy.
ITIIC takes leadership in building linkages with the IT sector's stakeholders and the Government's innovation policies and programs including Powering Ideas and the Enterprise Connect network. The Council plays an advocacy role and champions innovation. The Council also seeks to establish links on cross-cutting issues with the other Industry Innovation Councils established by the Minister.
The Australian Government announced the establishment of ITIIC - 5 May 2009 (filed copy).
Membership of the Council
Mr Ian Birks is Chair of the Council. He is the Managing Director and Founder of SKRIB Pty Limited an ICT research and advisory firm. He is also the immediate past Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA). Mr Birks replaces the inaugural Chair Mr John Grant, Managing Director of Data#3 Limited.
Members have been drawn from across the IT spectrum and include representatives of industry, suppliers, users, education, research, government and unions.
Council Work Program
The Council is currently re-evaluating its work program. While the strategic plan [PDF 60KB] developed following its establishment will continue to help shape its strategic direction, the Council has agreed to tighten both its focus and modus operandi. The Council is pursuing its agenda along three major themes – firstly ICT industry development (including commercialising innovative technology); secondly ICT Skills development and thirdly accelerating the transformation of business and government through the application of innovative technology. Alignment with the National Broadband Network and the Digital Economy White Paper initiatives will underlie the Council’s work program.
The Council’s work program has both proactive and reactive elements and it will fulfil its role to the Minister to:
- Provide strategic advice on innovation priorities
- Champion innovation in industry
- Build connections and collaborate across Councils and with other innovation initiatives.
Further information will be placed on this website when it becomes available.
Industry Innovation Council Projects, Activities and Reports
A summary of completed projects, activities and reports for the Industry Innovation Councils, including ITIIC, is available.
Cloud computing has emerged as the decade’s biggest shift in the way organisations use IT. The Cloud Computing - Opportunities and Challenges Paper [PDF 852KB] [RTF 2.77MB] is a summary of advice from the Council regarding the industry development opportunities and challenges presented by the growth of cloud computing.
IT Supplier Advocate
The Advocate's role is to assist Australia's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to continue to receive assistance in taking advantage of opportunities in the government IT market. Supplier Advocate, Mr Don Easter works closely with ITIIC to promote the interests of SMEs. Further details about the IT Supplier Advocate are available.
The Supplier Advocates initiative is part of the Australian Government's Boosting Australian Industry Participation program announced in July 2009. Further information on the Supplier Advocates initiative is available.
Australian Government Programs and Incentives Available to the ICT Industry
The Australian Government Programs and Incentives Available to the ICT Industry guide [PDF 85KB] [DOCX 3MB] provides a summary of Australian Government assistance programs that are available to the ICT Industry. The information includes a range of Australian Government programs which may help ICT companies to create, innovate, grow and compete globally.
The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education provides secretariat support to the Council. The Departmental contact is:
The Manager, ITIIC Secretariat
Mail: GPO Box 9839 CANBERRA ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6276 1708
Further information about other Industry Innovation Councils is available.