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Ministerial ICT Advisory Council Communique

December 12, 2018

Today, the inaugural Queensland Ministerial ICT Advisory Council (MICTAC) met in Brisbane to discuss the critical challenges and opportunities facing the state’s ICT industry.

As representatives of ICT industry leaders, Council members bring with them extensive collective experience and a diverse range of backgrounds.

The Palaszczuk Government thanks the Council members for accepting their positions, members of the Council are:

  • Claire Brereton, IT Service Management Forum (ITSMF)
  • Ralph Croker, Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA)
  • John Egan, Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSco)
  • Peta Ellis, CEO, River City Labs
  • Joanna Field, Women in Technology (WIT)
  • Sam Kennedy, Information and Communication industry executive
  • Katrina Lawrence, Regional Sales Director, Dell EMC
  • David Manfield, Australian Information Security Association (AISA)
  • Mark Nicholls, Australian Information Industries Association (AIIA)
  • Daniel Newby, Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Chris O’Halloran, Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)
  • Hugh Peterken, International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA)
  • Nicky Tallentire, Queensland State Manager, Oracle
  • Nick Tate, Chair, Council of ICT Associations (CICTA) and Australian Computer Society (ACS)
  • Graham Williamson, IT Forum Gold Coast (ITFGC)

Chaired by Minister for Digital Technology Mick de Brenni, MICTAC brings government and industry together to work on optimising the industry and keeping Queensland at the forefront of global ICT trends.

Matters of national significance

 The Council discussed the establishment of the Australian Digital Council and reviewed its workplan and outcomes from its second meeting in Adelaide on Friday, 7 December.

The Council identified the role of the MICTAC in providing a voice for the Queensland ICT sector to the Australian Digital Council and the importance of two-way communication back to industry.

Advancing Queensland Priorities

The Council was advised of the Queensland Government’s Our Future State: Advancing Queensland Priorities plan, and how underpinning technology will be critical to the delivery of its six priority areas.

In particular, as the Queensland Government moves towards its priorities of delivering more responsive government services, the role the local ICT industry in working alongside government will become a crucial component of improved service delivery.

Workforce planning

The first meeting established a sub-committee to examine and report back to the council on a roadmap for future workforce capability in Queensland.

In Queensland our ICT workforce represents roughly 14 per cent (95,000) of the national workforce.

Research shows that in the coming decade Queensland will need to more than double the current forecast growth of ICT professionals.

The sub-committee will bring forward a comprehensive plan for continued skills growth and expertise development over the next five years.

Forward focus

In addition to workforce capability, the Council discussed further focus areas for MICTAC to consider at future meetings.

These areas include cybersecurity and digital transformation.

The Council will meet again in early 2019.