Date:
9 May 2022
Author:
Phillipa Martin

AI Action Plan and the Digital Economy Strategy

In our April DTIG on the Digital Economy Strategy 2022 Update, we looked at a variety of actions that had taken place since the Digital Economy Strategy was first released. One of those milestones was the release of Australia’s AI Action Plan mid last year.

Artificial intelligence (AI) will play an important role in Australia’s overarching goal of being: “a leading digital economy and society by 2030.”

The AI vision

The government’s vision for AI is simple: “Our vision is to establish Australia as a global leader in developing and adopting trusted, secure and responsible AI.”

The AI plan

The AI plan formalises some of the work that’s already been happening in the AI space. It’s also the result of nearly 90 submissions to the AI discussion paper. 

The plan highlights four focus areas:

  1. Using AI to transform businesses
  2. Attracting and building the world’s best AI talent
  3. Using AI to solve national challenges
  4. Using AI responsibly and inclusively 

AI to transform businesses

This focus area includes the following actions:

AI talent

This focus area includes the following actions:

Solving Australia’s challenges

This focus area includes the following actions:

  • $33.7 million to set up the AI Solutions to Build a Stronger Australia program, which will focus on AI solutions that help solve Australia’s economic, health, social, infrastructure and environmental challenges

  • CSIRO’s Machine Learning and AI Future Science Platform, which brings AI into a variety of science-based areas

  • $19 million to medical research that uses AI, through the Medical Research Future Fund

  • AI for defence across cyber, maritime, air, space and land 

  • The Digital Atlas of Australia to bring together a wide variety of datasets

Responsible and inclusive AI

This focus area includes the following actions:

Salsa Digital’s take

The Australian Government is doing a lot of work across many areas of digital transformation, and AI is just one example. AI provides exceptional potential to change the way we live our lives, and it’s great to see the government providing the framework and driving advances here in Australia. It’s definitely a key area for digital transformation and one we’re following. We're looking forward to what AI technologies or processes eventuate in the digital government space.