It is vital the
Queensland ICT industry and ICT workforce has the size, skills and experience
to remain globally competitive and contribute to Queensland’s economic and
that over 50% of Australia’s ICT workforce is employed outside traditional
ICT-related industries. Jobs of the future will require different skills that
can respond to advances in technology.
This priority seeks
to address forecasted ICT skills shortages, plan for emerging and future ICT
and capabilities requirements, and support the development of opportunities for
the ICT workforce to adapt as technologies and jobs change by:
- identifying current and future in-demand ICT
skills and capability requirements for the Queensland ICT industry
- partnering with VET, higher education and
training organisations to influence pace of change and the prioritisation of
ICT courses that respond to Queensland’s future ICT labour market priorities
and to ensure students training leads to real jobs
- exploring opportunities to develop place-based
workforce development opportunities across the ICT industry and Queensland
- driving improved access to ICT lifelong learning
and mid-career development opportunities.
- Increased ICT workforce size and skills in
- Increased VET and higher education ICT
- Better matched skills to the labour market.
It is acknowledged
that technological, social and demographic changes will have skills
implications for the ICT industry. Queensland needs to increase its take-up of
traditional and non-traditional ICT roles to avoid skill shortages.
The ICT labour
market requires support to broaden its career pathways to attract, retain and
grow the industry and its workforce. Over the next three years, we will support
the attraction and growth of the ICT industry by:
- identifying current perceptions and barriers
impacting the uptake of ICT careers in Queensland
- strengthening the quality of ICT career
information and advice to increase attraction and retention
- considering additional support, intervention and
guidance to improve retention in VET/higher education through to employment in
traditional and non-traditional ICT roles
- partnering to target ICT re-skilling pathways
options for individuals impacted by workforce changes such as automation.
- ICT is a career of choice.
- Reduced ICT skills and capability shortage in
- Broader pathways to cater for Queensland’s
future and existing labour market.
diversity of the Queensland ICT industry is a shared commitment and key area of
focus of MICTAC. The council will seek to increase participation of women,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and
linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability. To achieve
this, over the next three years we will:
- drive increased ICT employment and ICT education
uptake of target groups
- facilitate the sharing of resources and tools to
support diversity and inclusion awareness and understanding in the ICT industry
- champion targeted recruitment programs and
resources to increase employment of target groups
- investigate establishing diversity and inclusion
networks across the ICT industry to foster a supportive environment
- communicate the benefits of diversity and
inclusion in growing the ICT industry.
- Increased employment of target groups in the
Queensland ICT industry.
- Increased awareness and support of diversity and
inclusion initiatives and benefits.
Australia’s most decentralised state. The Queensland government is investing in
key infrastructure projects such as Fibre Co and the Submarine Cable to improve
regional Queensland’s participation in the global digital economy. Developing
and increasing regional Queensland’s ICT industry and workforce is important to
the state’s economic and social prosperity. We will work with regional
Queensland communities to support and grow the ICT industry and workforce by:
- partnering with regional Queensland communities
to identify current and future in-demand ICT skills and capability requirements
- strengthening partnerships between industry,
business, and state and local government to improve engagement with regional
- targeting skills development, place-based-training,
professional development and networking opportunities in regional Queensland to
meet regional Queensland community labour market requirements
- championing and promoting the benefits of work
from anywhere positions to increase ICT career participation of regional
- Increased employment in regional Queensland
- Increased professional development and
networking opportunities in regional Queensland.
ICT is a key
enabler of all industry sectors, providing opportunities for businesses to
improve productivity and reach global markets. Globally, ‘digital’ is one of
the fastest growing industries. It underpins all other sectors, with ICT skills
a requirement in the majority of job roles.
Over the next three
years we will strengthen the ICT industry and government’s partnership and
- providing advice to government on ICT technology
and skills to support achievement of the government’s priorities including
advanced manufacturing; aerospace; biofutures; biomedical; defence; METS
- improving information sharing in relation to
emerging technologies and ICT disruptors including Artificial intelligence (AI)
and Data Science
- sharing data, analysis and insights to inform
planning and policy development, where possible
- strengthening the relationship and coordination
of activities between government and the ICT industry.
- Increased ICT skills to support Queensland’s
economic development priorities.