Australia - Digital Economy - Trans-sector concept


The plan for the national broadband network (NBN) allows the government to use this infrastructure as a catalyst for a range of new services that will transform both the economy and Australian society in general. These include e-health, e-education, smart grids, digital economy and digital media. However at present the funding arrangements for these sectors are silo-based, and trans-sector policies need to be developed to maximise the transformational opportunities of the NBN.

To build a sound business model for the NBN these other sectors need to be taken into account as key areas in the delivery of social and economic benefits to the country. The government indicates that the NBN is a nation-building project and that it has a clear national purpose – it will become a social highway.

This report provides the background information needed to properly develop the government policies and business strategies needed to reap those social and economic benefits. With the right vision this will see Australia taking a global leadership role in the development of new businesses – and indeed a new industry – based on the combined features of the NBN: affordable, ubiquitous, robust, high capacity and low latency. This will involve both connected people and other connected elements (Internet of Things).

Hot topics in this report include:

Digital economy; trans-sector; Internet of Things; e-health; e-education, e-government; smart grids

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. The need for NBN-based trans-sector policies
    • 2.1 Trans-sector approach to broadband
    • 2.2 Parliamentary commission calls for trans-sector policies
    • 2.3 Productivity Commission wants to see trans-sector policies
  • 3. The key sectors
    • 3.1 Background information
    • 3.2 Telecommunications
    • 3.3 Media
    • 3.4 Government services
    • 3.5 Healthcare
    • 3.6 E-education and e-science
    • 3.7 Smart grids
    • 3.8 Business
    • 3.9 NBN Art grants
  • 4. Introduction to trans-sectoral thinking
    • 4.1 Fragmented society requires cohesive leadership
    • 4.2 Problems in most silos
    • 4.3 National welfare depends on new ways of thinking
  • 5. A matter of leadership
    • 5.1 The need for vision
    • 5.2 industry cooperation leading the way
    • 5.3 Work in progress: political leadership
    • 5.4 Trans-sector thinking at highest levels in Australia
    • 5.5 Towards trans-sector government
  • 6. Related reports
  • Exhibit 1 - Trans-sector vs. Cross-sector

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Digital Economy
Regulations & Government Policies
Strategies & Analyses (Industry & Markets)

Number of pages 12

Status Archived

Last updated 7 Feb 2012
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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As usual, you’ve done a splendid job of bringing an industry well and truly into the spotlight.

I think that without your input and passion, Australia would have barely scratched the surface of the benefits that can and will be achieved with the wholesale adoption of Smart Grid and Smart City concepts.


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