Growing Jobs and Business
Digital technology is changing the Northern Territory's business environment and opening up opportunities in growth and emerging sectors of our economy.
Digital knowledge and innovation is key to keeping business operations efficient, developing new products and finding new markets. Harnessing opportunities from digital technologies requires a connected business sector, a proactive digital industry and a smart workforce.
The Territory has an experienced, capable and active local ICT industry which primarily services government and the small business sector. There is also a growing and diverse local digital industry that extends from digital design and communications through to tech start-ups using drones, sensors and apps. The ICT Industry Association advocates on behalf of the local ICT industry to increase opportunities to supply services to government, including custom-building and maintaining ICT systems, which will assist local industry to deepen its skills base and improve commercial outcomes.
With small business owners' increasing reliance on digital technology to effectively conduct their business, the local ICT and digital industry is well placed; going beyond traditional ICT support roles and becoming valuable and trusted business partners, providing expertise and digital know-how that can transform small business. A dynamic and innovative digital services sector will underpin local businesses enabling economic growth across sectors.
To be able to take their place in an increasingly digital world, Territorians will need skills in areas such as robotics, sensors, data science, virtual reality and mobile technology. These jobs of the future will not be restricted by geographic location and the constraints that we have today which means digital technology presents extraordinary potential for remote and regional Territorians.
The government will work to support and encourage the business sector to capitalise on digital opportunities through appropriate policy settings including making government data openly and freely available for businesses and individuals to reuse. Government will continue to focus on increasing transparency, building trust and creating job opportunities.
The escalating threats to cyber security are a global concern and the NT is not immune. Cyber safe practices in the business and non-government sectors will be supported through education and awareness programs such as the NT Government Cyber Safety Awareness Program.
We will achieve this by...
Using emerging digital technology to drive business growth, reach new markets and create new jobs for Territorians.
Encouraging businesses to mature their digital capability and compete effectively in a digital marketplace with guidance and support from the local digital industry.
Developing the digital workforce and assisting businesses to identify digital requirements.
Leveraging digital innovations to increase business productivity and ensure sustainability.
Enabling digital innovators to use government data in new ways through creating value add services.
Protecting digital data and staying secure online to maintain business viability and reputation.
Key Focus Areas
Identify digital requirements
Assist businesses to identify digital requirements for jobs and plan to enable Territorians to take up the jobs of the future.
Adopt digital capbailities
Encourage Territory businesses to adopt digital capabilites through ICT industry leadership, advice and support.
Encourage new digital solutions
Enable business innovation development of new digital solutions through making many government datasets open, accessible and free to reuse.
Support local industry
Support the local digital industry through working cooperatively to expand opportunities, share knowledge and attract digital specialists to supplement existing capacity in the Territory's dynamic digital sector.
Promote cyber smart practices
Promote proactive cyber smart practices so NT businesses can better protect their reputation and viability.
What you said:
Digitally enabling Aboriginal businesses and the creative, cultural and environmental industries to enhance their capabilities to develop new products and markets.Ngukurr Community
Government assistance is needed to ensure there is appropriate digital infrastructure and education programs for regional business to capitalise on digital marketing and operational tools.Australian Hotels Association NT
Partnerships must be created that actively look for differentiation and excellent offerings in more targeted markets. The NT is at the gateway to our North and can carve a niche as accessibility specialists.Higher Education Consulting Group
We must maintain an open approach to skilled migration while ensuring it addresses genuine skill shortages and avoids exploitation of migrant workers.Australian Computer Society
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