"Small businesses will be critical to the strategy's success, because they make up 95 percent of private sector employment in Tasmania's food processing and agriculture sectors, and 90 percent in tourism," Bartlett said.
The premier said initiatives to support the innovation strategy, including those in the 2010-11 State Budget, included, for the digital economy:
- $5.85m over two years for the sector to increase awareness of the opportunities provided by the digital economy;
- $0.6m on a number of strategies to grow awareness levels, including establishing a hands-on digital coaching pilot and a digital tool kit for small businesses;
- $0.25m on research into the impact of the NBN deployment on business engagement in the digital economy and the effectiveness of government programmes;
- $0.4m to migrate key business websites to the Government 2.0 model for online information sharing and service delivery;
- $3.6m for a Digital Futures Capital Fund to fund the development and delivery of digital content, applications and services that add value to businesses and the community engaging in the Tasmanian digital economy;
- a Digital Futures Advisory Council "to bring together world-class expertise to ensure Tasmania capitalises on its digital opportunities;"
- collaborating with industry and TasICT to develop a Digital Economy Industry Strategy (DEIS).
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The new Government 2.0 model for online information sharing and service delivery is being adopted by governments across Australia and the Tasmanian Government's $0.4m will be used to migrate key websites, starting with the government's business services sites, to this model.
The migration will incorporate the Council of Australian Governments' Business Online Services initiative, which will interconnect the three levels of government business services from a single web portal.
The Digital Advisory Council will "bring together the experience of world-class practitioners, end-users, and analysts to provide a whole-of-economy perspective on the most beneficial opportunities for the government to pursue in developing the Tasmanian digital economy."