With the election results in, Anthony Albanese’s Labor Party will now lead the federal government, following nine years of Coalition rule.
While Labor’s campaign policies were considerably less ICT-centric than the Coalition’s, there were nonetheless several big announcements that point towards direct public sector ICT implications. Alongside these were digital initiatives aimed at boosting the technology industry more broadly and other initiatives likely to have strong ICT components.
It remains unclear how many, if any, of the initiatives announced by the Coalition may be continued in some form by a Labor government, e.g. the announcement of a ‘digital skills passport’, smart device cyber security standards, expansion of the ‘birth-of-a-child’ pilot, and a multitude of AgTech announcements from the Nationals.