The ACS, the trade association for the Australian technology sector, has given its endorsement to the federal government’s commitment to broaden the pool of talent available to the science and technology sectors.
Welcoming Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic’s announcement of the government’s commitment, Chris Vein, CEO of ACS said the Albanian government’s request that the Ministry of Industry, Science and Resources consider how existing government programs can be reformed to support greater diversity in Australia’s science and technology sectors “is an important and necessary step for the industry”.
“ACS has long advocated for measures to address industry imbalances in areas such as gender, age, race, neurodiversity and sexual orientation. Including more Australians in the industry must be a priority.
“Our annual Digital Pulse report has long highlighted these issues and the 2021 survey found that gender parity in Australia’s tech sector over twenty years would see 5,000 more workers enter the industry each year and bring an $11 billion boost to the economy over the two decades.
“However, diversity is about more than gender, and ACS looks forward to working with Minister Husic, the Albanian government and the Department to ensure programs engage more diverse groups such as neurodivergent workers and indigenous employees. .”
The 2022 Digital Pulse report, prepared for ACS by Deloitte Access Economics, found that 31% of IT workers were women, 14% were over the age of 55, and only 0.66% identified as First Nations. The full Digital Pulse report can be downloaded at https://www.acs.org.au/insightsandpublications/reports-publications/digital-pulse2022.html.
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