Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Increasing productivity is the only way to improve our living standards. Embracing the digital economy is the best way to drive innovation to increase productivity, according to peak ICT industry bodies at the launch of the annual Australia 3.0 Forum.

Australia 3.0 is a unique opportunity for all sections of industry and commerce to debate how the Australian economy can best be transformed to significantly increase productivity and competitiveness to secure a prosperous future. Through working with the major sectors in our economy to identify their critical issues and work with the ICT industry can we remove barriers to innovation that is so vital for Australia's future.

This thought leadership summit brings together experts and senior representatives from the ICT industry and Australia’s major economic sectors, to discuss and debate how the digital economy can lift national productivity through the use of innovative technology. Australia 3.0 will prepare the key issues and identify the major barriers and obstacles facing Agriculture, Mining, Infrastructure, Health and Services in Government sectors of our economy using the online collaboration tool Yammer. This will make best use of busy people’s time during June and July so that the symposium on Thursday 8 August will be able to work quickly and effectively through the prepared issues to agree on a practical way forward to drive governments to work collaboratively with industry and commerce to achieve these important objectives.

Due to the pace of digital transformation, the effects will continue more aggressively into the future, accelerated by ubiquitous high-speed broadband and ever improving smart phone devices “The forum is analogous to having a vote in any election, participation is critical to a successful outcome for an ambitious program like Australia 3.0” said Wayne Fitzsimmons, Co-convener “I urge those concerned about Australia's digital future to get involved."

“With most of us connected to each other through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ ideas are shared faster than ever before, the pace of innovation is accelerating and the power of our collective brains never ceases to amaze us all, so Australia must embrace the digital economy and invest in research, education and entrepreneurship or our standard of living will fall dramatically. Australia 3.0 is a great forum for industry to get industry and commerce to join with the ICT industry to build a better future for all Australians.” Said Russell Yardley, Chair iAwards 2013.

During the months of June and July, Australian industry can raise their voice at the Australia 3.0 Virtual Roundtable. After consolidating the online discussion in late July the results will be collated for presentation at the single day Australia 3.0 Forum in Melbourne held the day of the national iAwards Gala Dinner on 8 August.

As one of the key ICT events which forms part of the 2013 iAwards program each year, the Australia 3.0 Forum is a joint initiative between iAwards host partners ACS, AIIA and The Pearcey Foundation and is hosted in conjunction with DIISRTE. Foundation Partners NICTA and CSIRO are actively supporting and participating in the online virtual round table and forum. Australia 3.0 provides the opportunity for industry representatives to play an active role in the driving of the future productivity and competitiveness of Australia’s economy, Industry cannot afford to miss out on the opportunity to be part of this process.

Register your interest now and join in the debate to have your say in Australia's future.

To find out more about Australia 3 0 and sponsorship opportunities, visit

About Australia 3.0

Over Australia 3.0 is a thought leadership summit for experts and senior representatives exploring the future of the Australian economy and how we can react to the age of digital transformation, in particular digital productivity.

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AIIA iAwards

Over 17 years, the iAwards has become the premier technology awards platform in Australia delivering the most comprehensive awards program in the technology industry today. From 2011 the iAwards are open to both the companies at the cutting edge technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the industry. The iAwards are judged by industry, for industry and provide achievements with public recognition that extends across the ICT sector to government, community and beyond. They are strongly focused on promoting essential relationships between the ICT industry and vertical business sectors in every field to promote the value of our industry where it counts most. More information
Kylie Inserra
P: +61 (0)409 119 101

Wayne Fitzsimmons

P: 0418 382 625


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