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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 24 September 2015) . . Page.. 3469 ..

Thursday, 24 September 2015

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Digital Canberra

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events) (10.01): I present the following paper:

Digital Canberra—Ministerial statement, 24 September 2015.

For the information of members, I make the following ministerial statement on digital Canberra.

Canberra is a city full of early adopters of new technology, innovators and entrepreneurs. As a government, we have built on Canberrans’ embrace of change by focusing on agility and innovation in response to digital disruption.

Research released last year and developed in consultation with industry and the community through our digital Canberra action plan outlines our road map for how we lead, inspire and collaborate in the digital services age—how we identify, test and implement ideas and solutions that take advantage of digital technology.

The digital Canberra action plan focuses on five key areas: smart city, enhancing our sense of place and access via free public wi-fi, digital arts, a vibrant CBD and digital spaces; the digital economy, accelerating our digital economy to strengthen the workforce, boost productivity, build ICT capacity and facilitate collaboration; connected community, with new ways of engaging with democracy and participating in civil society through social media, more flexible working arrangements and social inclusion; open government, unleashing the economic power of big data, transforming health and education services, and delivering information how people want it; and digital services, faster and more efficient digital services delivered to citizens as they live, work, learn and play, improving efficiency and creating a digital government.

The ACT government has already delivered significant benefits for Canberrans in these areas. We have completed the rollout of wireless networks to all ACT government high schools and colleges, becoming the first jurisdiction in Australia to do so. Through the installation of over 2,000 transmitters, students can access their school learning materials, assignments, emails and calendar whenever they are in school.

This wi-fi network, combined with the schools digital backpack, provides an Australia-leading platform that will enable ACT schools to take advantage of a new generation of digital education technologies that is emerging. That is especially relevant to the learning of languages, mathematics and science.

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