The establishment of the Information Technology Industry Innovation Council (ITIIC) recognised 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 acted as an advisory body to Ministers both in regard to innovation within the sector and IT's potential to foster innovation across the economy.
ITIIC took 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 played an advocacy role and championed innovation. The Council also sought 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 was Chair of the Council. He is the Managing Director and Founder of SKRIB Pty Limited an ICT research and advisory firm and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Services Roundtable. He was also a past Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA). Mr Birks replaced the inaugural Chair Mr John Grant, Managing Director of Data#3 Limited.
Members were drawn from across the IT spectrum and include representatives of industry, suppliers, users, education, research, government and unions.
Council Work Program
The Council pursued 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. The National Broadband Network and the National Digital Economy Strategy initiatives supported the Council’s work program.
The Council’s work program had both proactive and reactive elements in 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.
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 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 worked 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 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 provided secretariat support to the Council. The Departmental contact is:
The Manager, ICT Industry Development Section
Mail: GPO Box 9839 CANBERRA ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6276 1708
Further information about other Industry Innovation Councils is available.