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18 May

StartupAUS hails startup investment incentives a ‘rare feat’ for government and a ‘triumph’ for startups

by launch-admin May 18, 2016 0 News

Australia, 03 May 2016: StartupAUS, Australia’s peak advocacy group for startups, today warmly welcomed the Senate passing the government’s world-leading early-stage startup investment tax incentive measures.

 

CEO of StartupAUS Alex McCauley, said:

Last night was a quiet night for startups, but there has been some fantastic work going on behind the scenes over the last few months to finalise tax incentives for startup investments. Today the legislation enacting those incentives passed the Senate, with bipartisan support, and became law.

 

This is a huge win for Aussie startups – it will rapidly increase the amount of capital available to them, and the sources of capital they can call on. It’s also a huge win for anyone interested in investing in startups – they now have the world’s most generous incentive to explore the investment opportunities available in this exciting space.

 

“There has been a Herculean effort by government at all levels to get this legislation right, and to get it across the line as soon as possible. There was a real risk that if it wasn’t ready in time, this measure would be lost in the chaos of an early election. Thanks to lots of hard work, and the support of the opposition, that hasn’t happened – startups will see the effect of this from 1 July.

 

“The fact that the government has kept working hard on this through the turmoil of an early budget and an early election is gratifying. This reaffirms the centrality of startups to the Turnbull government’s national economic agenda.

 

“This scheme is a game-changer for startups. In the UK, where they have a similar scheme, research by Deloitte suggests the number of angel investors increased by 58% within a very short time after the scheme was introduced. If we see those kinds of numbers, Australian entrepreneurs will enjoy substantial improvements to their ability to access early-stage capital and investor talent.

 

“We commend the Government for getting this important piece of legislation moving well in advance of the budget. We should celebrate it as a triumph for the sector, and look to build on this success and momentum in the upcoming election campaign. Both parties have great ideas in this space. We’re looking forward to working closely with them to help refine them into policies to help make Australia a wold-leader in startups and innovation.

 

 

StartupAUS has been actively promoting adoption of early-stage tax incentives for startup investors for some time. The StartupAUS Board met Christopher Pyne in October 2015, listing an incentive scheme such as this as their number one priority for the sector. StartupAUS has also worked closely with Treasury and the government since the policy was announced in December to help get the scheme right.

 

Current StartupAUS board members are: Peter Bradd (Chair), Alan Noble, Bill Bartee, Glenn Smith, Andrew Larson, Wayne Gerard, and Teresa Engelhard.

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Media:

 

Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1003 / 0452 574 244

 

About StartupAUS

 

StartupAUS is a not-for-profit entity with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS believes a strong home-grown tech sector is vital to future Australian jobs and wealth. But getting there will require a national imperative to create the right environment, with a supportive culture and more entrepreneurs with the right skills.http://www.startupaus.org

 

StartupAUS will expand its efforts to bring financial partners on-board to help corporates have a bigger voice in the emerging innovation conversation and assist StartupAUS in increasing its resources and activities ahead of this year’s election, as both sides of politics vie for innovation traction. The organisation’s current organisation-level corporate partners include Salesforce and Google Australia. It is doing project-based work with KPMG, Commonwealth Bank, Twitter, and the QLD Government. It also has a growing list of philanthropic benefactors including successful tech entrepreneur, Steve Baxter, Co-Chairman of CHAMP’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee, Bill Ferris, and Director and Co-Founder of Allen & Buckeridge, Roger Allen.

 

For more information visit: www.startupaus.org


18 May

StartupAUS’ tax recommendations introduced to Parliament; huge win for Australian startups

by launch-admin May 18, 2016 0 News

Australia, March 17 2016: StartupAUS, Australia’s peak advocacy group for startups, welcomed the Federal Government’s early-stage investor tax incentives introduced to Parliament this week, saying the measures were arguably the most generous startup investor scheme in the world.

 

StartupAUS has long been an advocate for the measures, which include up front tax incentives and CGT exemptions for early-stage investors. The incentives are aimed at encouraging further investment in early-stage startup ventures and are expected to have an immediate, positive impact.

 

CEO of StartupAUS, Alex McCauley, said: “This is a huge win for startups in Australia. We’ve been working towards this for a long time, based on the needs of startups around the country to access early stage capital – and now we have one of the most generous tax incentives in the world. The new tax incentives will allow innovative, high-growth Australian companies to grow and scale locally and the flow­-on effects of this will be substantial.

 

“This incentive does it all – up front income tax offsets will encourage investment, and CGT exemption will keep investors motivated to help entrepreneurs succeed. The UK has had a similar scheme for some years, and it has been a huge success. This has been our number one priority for some time – it could be a real game changer for Australia’s startup sector.

 

“The increased funding flowing from these incentives will attract more entrepreneurial talent, both local and international. Faster growing companies will lead to speedy, large­ scale job creation and economic growth. We will also likely see an increase and diversification in seed investment, ultimately leading to a more experienced, sophisticated pool of Australian angel investors, which will in turn lead to a proliferation of experienced mentors for startups,” Mr McCauley said.

 

StartupAUS has been a key driver in the development of early-stage investor tax incentives. A scheme such as this was listed as an action item in StartupAUS’s April 2015 Crossroads report.

 

StartupAUS board of directors presented their recommendations to The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, in a special board meeting in Adelaide on Friday 9 October. At the top of the list was a tax incentive for early stage startup investors. Since then the organisation has been working closely to help government implement the measures.

 

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Media: Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1003 / 0452 574 244

 

About StartupAUS: StartupAUS is a not-for-profit entity with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS believes a strong home-grown tech sector is vital to future Australian jobs and wealth. But getting there will require a national imperative to create the right environment, with a supportive culture and more entrepreneurs with the right skills. www.startupaus.org


18 May

StartupAUS to deliver new insights into entrepreneurial ecosystem

by launch-admin May 18, 2016 0 News

Australia, 18 May 2016: StartupAUS, a not for profit organisation with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship, today announced that it had been commissioned by the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to conduct a series of research projects to explore areas of key interest in the sector. 

 

As part of the project, StartupAUS is in the process of producing a report on cultural drivers for entrepreneurship in Australia. This report is expected to be released in mid-October 2016. StartupAUS intends to work with corporate and research partners to deliver this report.

 

Alex McCauley, Chief Executive Officer of StartupAUS, said it was a very positive sign that policy makers around the country were seeking to commission this sort of credible, independent research from the industry to inform their approach in this important area. 

 

“StartupAUS is in productive discussions with a range of partners including corporates and academic institutions with an interest in technology entrepreneurship. These research partnerships allow us to build credible, independent research which more closely examines key areas of Australia’s innovation ecosystem. This will ultimately help build on Australia’s strengths and maximise economic opportunities for the startup sector,” Mr McCauley said. 

 

StartupAUS is already working with partners to produce leading research of this kind. A report into agricultural technology and its significance for the Australian economy is currently being produced in partnership with KPMG, the Queensland Government, and the Commonwealth Bank. Later in the year, StartupAUS will release its third annual Crossroads Report – the most detailed review of the Australian startup ecosystem ever undertaken – which includes a comprehensive analysis of the environment that affects startups both in Australia and overseas, as well as key recommendations to help our nation get to where we need to be. 

 

“The Crossroads Report is a particularly exciting project this year – we’re putting together a cohort of the most innovative companies in Australia to help us produce a document of national importance and international quality. It’s fantastic to see so much interest in supporting this vital research – we’re now partnering with corporates, universities, startups, and governments at all levels,’ Mr McCauley said.

 

StartupAUS will also shortly release a report on the future of work in Australia, titled ‘Economy in Transition: Startups, innovation, and a workforce for the future’ with partners including Expert360, CodeCamp, and LinkedIn.

 

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne and Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy said that the research would help to ensure that future policy decisions effectively supported entrepreneurship.

 

ENDS

 

StartupAUS media contact: 

Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1003 / 0452 574 244

 

Minister Pyne’s media contacts: 

 

Rory Grant: 0439 764 809, pynemedia@industry.gov.au

Eleisa Hancock: 0427 981 990, pynemedia@industry.gov.au

Department media: media@industry.gov.au

 

About StartupAUS

StartupAUS is a not-for-profit entity with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS believes a strong home-grown tech sector is vital to future Australian jobs and wealth. But getting there will require a national imperative to create the right environment, with a supportive culture and more entrepreneurs with the right skills. 

StartupAUS will expand its efforts to bring financial partners on-board to help corporates have a bigger voice in the emerging innovation conversation and assist StartupAUS in increasing its resources and activities ahead of this year’s election, as both sides of politics vie for innovative traction. The organisation’s current corporate partners include Salesforce and Google Australia. It also has a growing list of philanthropic benefactors including successful tech entrepreneur, Steve Baxter, Co-Chairman of CHAMP’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee, Bill Ferris, and Director and Co-Founder of Allen & Buckeridge, Roger Allen.

For more information visit: www.startupaus.org


3 May

Media Release: StartupAUS, says Budget a ‘missed opportunity’ to advance startup agenda

by launch-admin May 3, 2016 0 News

MEDIA RELEASE

 

StartupAUS says 2016 Federal Budget a ‘missed opportunity’ to advance startup agenda

 

Australia, 03 May 2016: StartupAUS, Australia’s peak advocacy group for startups, today welcomed support for Fintech and expansion of the New Enterprise Investment Scheme (NEIS) in the Federal Government’s 2016 budget, but said overall this budget was a disappointment for startups with few advances on previous measures.

 

CEO of StartupAUS Alex McCauley, said: This is an election year budget, and the first real opportunity for Malcolm Turnbull to outline his vision for the country’s economic future. This budget was a chance for the Government to make good on its rhetoric about continuing to build momentum on innovation and Australia’s economic transition. But, from that perspective, it is a disappointment.

 

“We welcome the limited support for Fintech in this budget, as well as the extension of the NEIS. Support for young people exploring entrepreneurship is important. But these are small, niche measures in an area that still requires bold, substantial action.

 

“The Treasurer tonight said that ‘harnessing the power of innovation and entrepreneurship, to create our own ideas boom, lies at the heart of our plan to support jobs and create growth’. But there is little in this budget to advance the government’s support for innovation and entrepreneurship. Almost all the measures relevant to startups that the Treasurer alluded to in his budget speech had already been announced, six months ago, as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. None of those measures have come into effect yet, although some have made encouraging progress recently.

 

“The government is making much of its support for Australia’s transition to a ‘new economy’. But ‘new economy’ spending in this budget has taken the form of billions of dollars spent on old economy industries, like ship-building and traditional rail. R&D spending doesn’t feature prominently. This is a disappointing and outdated approach. Australia needs to substantially boost its R&D spending if it wants to measure up to its international competitors – we are well outside the top 10 countries globally both in terms of absolute R&D expenditure, and as a percentage of GPD.

 

“The reality is that there is more new money in this budget to help mining companies prospect for resources ($100m) than to help create a supportive environment for our best entrepreneurs to build a high-growth technology company in Australia.

 

“It’s hard to see Australia as genuinely committed to transitioning to a ‘modern economy’ if its key spending priorities are shipbuilding, rail, and un-targeted business tax cuts. That won’t be lost on those watching our progress closely, both here and overseas.

 

“Since the announcement of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) six months ago, the government has been telling startups that the NISA was just the beginning. It has been describing the NISA as a platform from which it will be able to deliver bold, decisive action in this space. This budget was a missed opportunity to make good on that promise.

 

“Startups didn’t expect any game-changing announcements in this budget. Implementing the NISA agenda items is still the top priority. But it’s critical that we don’t lose sight of the importance of genuine high-growth technology companies as a critical driver of Australia’s emerging economy.

 

“We see the upcoming election campaign as a key opportunity for both the government and opposition to outline their vision for startups and innovation in this country. We can’t rest on our laurels here – our competitors are acting decisively. We can’t afford to be left behind. We look forward to working with both parties in the lead to the election to make sure Australia has a credible plan to capture some of the extraordinary value that technology is delivering to leading economies around the world.

 

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Media:

 

Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1003 / 0452 574 244

 

About StartupAUS

 

StartupAUS is a not-for-profit entity with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS believes a strong home-grown tech sector is vital to future Australian jobs and wealth. But getting there will require a national imperative to create the right environment, with a supportive culture and more entrepreneurs with the right skills.

 

StartupAUS will expand its efforts to bring financial partners on-board to help corporates have a bigger voice in the emerging innovation conversation and assist StartupAUS in increasing its resources and activities ahead of this year’s election, as both sides of politics vie for innovative traction. The organisation’s current corporate partners include Salesforce and Google Australia. It also has a growing list of philanthropic benefactors including successful tech entrepreneur, Steve Baxter, Co-Chairman of CHAMP’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee, Bill Ferris, and Director and Co-Founder of Allen & Buckeridge, Roger Allen.

 

For more information visit: www.startupaus.org

 




3 May

StartupAUS hails startup investment incentives a ‘rare feat’ for government and a ‘triumph’ for startups

by launch-admin May 3, 2016 0 News

Australia, 03 May 2016: StartupAUS, Australia’s peak advocacy group for startups, today warmly welcomed the Senate passing the government’s world-leading early-stage startup investment tax incentive measures.

 

CEO of StartupAUS Alex McCauley, said:

Last night was a quiet night for startups, but there has been some fantastic work going on behind the scenes over the last few months to finalise tax incentives for startup investments. Today the legislation enacting those incentives passed the Senate, with bipartisan support, and became law.

 

This is a huge win for Aussie startups – it will rapidly increase the amount of capital available to them, and the sources of capital they can call on. It’s also a huge win for anyone interested in investing in startups – they now have the world’s most generous incentive to explore the investment opportunities available in this exciting space.

 

“There has been a Herculean effort by government at all levels to get this legislation right, and to get it across the line as soon as possible. There was a real risk that if it wasn’t ready in time, this measure would be lost in the chaos of an early election. Thanks to lots of hard work, and the support of the opposition, that hasn’t happened – startups will see the effect of this from 1 July.

 

“The fact that the government has kept working hard on this through the turmoil of an early budget and an early election is gratifying. This reaffirms the centrality of startups to the Turnbull government’s national economic agenda.

 

“This scheme is a game-changer for startups. In the UK, where they have a similar scheme, research by Deloitte suggests the number of angel investors increased by 58% within a very short time after the scheme was introduced. If we see those kinds of numbers, Australian entrepreneurs will enjoy substantial improvements to their ability to access early-stage capital and investor talent.

 

“We commend the Government for getting this important piece of legislation moving well in advance of the budget. We should celebrate it as a triumph for the sector, and look to build on this success and momentum in the upcoming election campaign. Both parties have great ideas in this space. We’re looking forward to working closely with them to help refine them into policies to help make Australia a wold-leader in startups and innovation.

 

 

StartupAUS has been actively promoting adoption of early-stage tax incentives for startup investors for some time. The StartupAUS Board met Christopher Pyne in October 2015, listing an incentive scheme such as this as their number one priority for the sector. StartupAUS has also worked closely with Treasury and the government since the policy was announced in December to help get the scheme right.

 

Current StartupAUS board members are: Peter Bradd (Chair), Alan Noble, Bill Bartee, Glenn Smith, Andrew Larson, Wayne Gerard, and Teresa Engelhard.

-ENDS-

Media:

 

Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1003 / 0452 574 244

 

About StartupAUS

 

StartupAUS is a not-for-profit entity with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS believes a strong home-grown tech sector is vital to future Australian jobs and wealth. But getting there will require a national imperative to create the right environment, with a supportive culture and more entrepreneurs with the right skills.http://www.startupaus.org

 

StartupAUS will expand its efforts to bring financial partners on-board to help corporates have a bigger voice in the emerging innovation conversation and assist StartupAUS in increasing its resources and activities ahead of this year’s election, as both sides of politics vie for innovation traction. The organisation’s current organisation-level corporate partners include Salesforce and Google Australia. It is doing project-based work with KPMG, Commonwealth Bank, Twitter, and the QLD Government. It also has a growing list of philanthropic benefactors including successful tech entrepreneur, Steve Baxter, Co-Chairman of CHAMP’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee, Bill Ferris, and Director and Co-Founder of Allen & Buckeridge, Roger Allen.

 

For more information visit: www.startupaus.org

26 Apr

Cyber Security strategy is a good start for education says peak professional body

by launch-admin Apr 26, 2016 0 News

Sydney, 21 April 2016: The ACS – The professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – has welcomed the release of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy, launched by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning.

 

The Strategy is built around five pillars – a national cyber partnership, strong cyber defences, global responsibility and influence, growth and innovation, and a cyber smart nation – which will help improve the overall cyber security capability of the digital economy.

 

ACS CEO Andrew Johnson attended the launch at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, and welcomed the focus on education.

 

“Cyber security is perhaps the biggest roadblock for Australia before we can fully embrace the opportunities of the digital age,” Johnson said. “We need the policies and infrastructure in place to engender confidence in online platforms. Without this confidence, we place economic growth and productivity at severe risk. Cyber security must be a top priority for all stakeholders in the digital sector – government, business, academia and professional bodies. Only a collaborative approach will deliver the solutions we need.

 

“It is no secret that we suffer from a lack of skilled cyber security professionals in Australia, and ACS is keen to play a role in addressing this shortage. Our strong and growing relationships with employers and the academic sector, as the accrediting body for ICT degrees, see us in a pivotal position to be a part of the solution. Extending cyber security education to all levels of the workforce will also help us realise the skills potential right through to the senior executive level.”

 

Last month the ACS and Deloitte Access Economics released its annual report, Australia’s Digital Pulse 2016, which found that whilst the digital economy will grow from 5 per cent to 7 per cent of GDP by 2020, there is a major skills shift underway in our economy.

 

“Our research points to the need for a broad range of skills in the modern workforce, and cyber security skills form an important part of that. We are pleased to see that workforce training is included as part of the action plan for building a cyber smart nation,” Mr Johnson said.

 

Further information

 

Thomas Shanahan, ACS, 0449 902 130 Thomas.shanahan@acs.org.au

Louise Proctor, Launch Group, 0452 574 244 louise@launchgroup.com.au

 

 

About the ACS

The ACS (Australian Computer Society) is the professional association for Australia’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.


26 Apr

ACS welcomes Foundation for Young Australians’ report; depicts major skills shift underway in our economy

by launch-admin Apr 26, 2016 0 News

Sydney, 20 April 2016: The ACS – the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – has welcomed the release of a report by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) titled, The New Basics: 4.2 million job ads reveal the skills young people need for the new work order, which shows a mix of enterprising skills and digital literacy skills are the most critical skills young Australians will need for the jobs of the future.

 

ACS President, Anthony Wong, said the findings of the Report reinforce that a major skills shift is underway in our economy.

 

“Australia’s digital economy is expected to grow significantly over the coming years, fuelled by new waves of technological innovation that will disrupt many of our traditional sectors.

 

The FYA Report analysed 4.2 million job advertisements between 2012 and 2015 and found digital skills, critical thinking, creativity and presentation skills are the top skills demanded by employers. This directly correlates to our own data that found that ICT employers are increasingly demanding workers possess broader and more general skills.”

 

Australia’s Digital Pulse 2016 a report released in March by the ACS and Deloitte Access Economics – found that for ICT specialists, 6 out of the top 10 skills now sought after are non-technical such as project management, sales, and customer service, and for 2.5 million Australians in non ICT roles digital literacy skills are an increasingly important part of their job. 

 

Mr Wong continued: “Australia’s Digital Pulse included never before seen data from LinkedIn. It showed that of the most popular 25 skills in Australia the most sought-after are technology-related, as more mainstream organisations integrate technology into their core business. This is encouraging as it means many employees in the wider workforce already have the necessary skills to perform a variety of IT-related jobs.”

 

The ACS Report also revealed the contribution of digital technologies to the Australian economy is forecast to grow to $139 billion in 2020, up from $79 billion in 2014, with demand for IT workers set to dramatically increase. However, IT graduates currently represent only 1% of new IT workers needed each year.

 

“The ACS backs the FYA’s call to action – Australia must take immediate action to ensure our youth are equipped to drive Australia’s economy forward. This includes reforms to the current education system, from primary school right through to tertiary education, further to this we must encourage better leaders and mentors our children, particularly for our girls, and we support and encourage collaborative research between business and universities.

 

We applaud the work of the FYA and look forward to working collaboratively in the future,” Mr Wong said.

ENDS

 

Media contact

Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au M: 0452 574 244 | T: 02 9492 1003

 

About the ACS

The ACS (Australian Computer Society) is the professional association for Australia’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.

18 Apr

Launch Group appoints Christine Kardashian Group Account Director, announces new client wins

by launch-admin Apr 18, 2016 0 News
MEDIA RELEASE

Launch Group appoints Christine Kardashian Group Account Director, announces new client wins

Sydney, Australia, 18 April 2016 – Full service boutique communications agency, Launch Group, today announced the appointment of a new Group Account Director, Christine Kardashian, to provide strategic direction, oversee client relationships and account performance, and offer guidance and support to the team.

Christine has extensive experience in public relations and communications and has worked in-house and at agency level. She joins Launch Group as Group Account Director after running her own public relations business, Dash PR, for eight years working across a broad range of technology, business and lifestyle clients from start ups, small business and global corporations. Prior to that, Christine worked with Mark Communications and Recognition Public Relations, following seven years at IBM Australia.

Specialising in the technology, start-up, entertainment, media and marketing sectors, the Sydney based agency is accelerating its growth in Australia with plans to also expand into the United States.

Fleur Brown, CEO at Launch Group, said, “Christine brings valuable know-how to Launch Group and we are thrilled that she has joined the team. We look forward to her implementing key strategies and creative ideas to boost the brands that we work with, as well as helping shape the team structure. Christine’s deep understanding of communications, along with strong relationship building skills will help further develop the Launch Group business and team and reinforce our position in the market.”

Christine Kardashian, new Group Account Director, said, “After so many years running my own operation, I am ready for the next step in my career and am so excited to join Launch Group. Fleur has built an impressive business with a stellar reputation and I am proud to be working alongside Launch Group’s talented team. I look forward to sharing my expertise, helping to nurture the team’s capabilities and assisting with the growth of Launch Group.”

Additionally, Launch Group is pleased to announce it has been appointed to manage communications for six new clients including leading Australian digital commerce platform Neto, Australia’s leading creative accelerator and investment fund Creative Enterprise Australia, Australian IT services company Unico, and Queensland-based financial services organisations, Quill Group and Elstoncorporate innovation specialists Fusion Labs and trust economy startup Meeco.

Some of Launch Group’s current clients include pioneering sales house Multi Channel Network (MCN), Australia’s leading taxi app and mobile payment provider ingogo, technology entrepreneurship support board StartupAUS, investor membership group Sydney Angels, flexible workplace provider Regus, peak body for the technology sector, Australian Computer Society and Not For Profit Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA).

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Media Contact:

Sarah Bond sarahbond@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1041 or 0449 543181

About Launch Group:

Launch Group is an award-winning, boutique global communications agency helping innovators, market disruptors and change agents tell their story. Headquartered in Sydney, our clients span Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, The United States & the Middle East.




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14 Apr

AUSTRALIA’S DIGITAL CHALLENGE: ICT IS PIVOTAL & SKILLS MIX MUST CHANGE

by launch-admin Apr 14, 2016 0 News

·      ICT workforce to grow 2% annually from 628,000 in 2015 to 695,000 in 2020

·      6 out of the top 10 skills sought after for ICT specialist are now non-technical

·      2.5million Australians now require ICT skills as part of their role.

 

Australia, 16 March 2016: The ACS – the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – today launched its 2016 “Australia’s Digital Pulse” report.  The Report, prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, shows that whilst the digital economy will grow from 5% to 7% of GDP by 2020, new LinkedIn data highlights that a major skills shift is underway in our economy.  For ICT specialists, 6 out of the top 10 skills now sought after are non-technical skills such as project management, sales and customer service skills, and for 2.5million Australians in non ICT roles digital literacy skills are an increasingly important part in their job. 

 

A key finding in the Report is that with tertiary graduates currently representing only 1% of the ICT workforce of 628,000, satisfying the skills mix now being demanded by employers requires a far stronger focus on retraining and reskilling the existing workforce.  This must include a focus on encouraging more women and mature age workers to pursue ICT careers.

 

Commenting on the findings, ACS President, Anthony Wong, said: “LinkedIn’s data highlights that a significant and rapid skills transformation is happening in our economy.  Responding to this challenge will require governments, employers and the education and training sector to work collaboratively and, importantly, to reassess current approaches to both training and recruitment.   The ACS has an important role to play in this skills transformation task. A clear message from the Report is that our economy now needs ICT specialists with creativity, entrepreneurship and strategic business skills whilst non ICT workers increasingly require a base level of digital competency.”

 

Deloitte Access Economics partner, John O’Mahony, said: “The contribution of digital technologies to Australia’s economy is forecast to grow by 75% to 2020 and, needless to say, there is going to be strong demand for a workforce equipped to support this growth, and the opportunities that will come with it.

 

“The biggest driver of digital growth will be the greater use of digital technologies such as cloud computing, data analytics, and other such developments in all aspects of business by people traditionally considered non-ICT workers. But our analysis also shows that there is significant demand for technical roles, including in areas that only emerged in recent years, such as cloud computing specialists and cyber security.”

 

Managing Director for LinkedIn in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, Clifford Rosenberg, said: “We are already seeing widespread digital disruption across key Australian industries which is leading to skill shifts. It is imperative that businesses train their employees with both tech skills and soft skills required for the digital economy.

 

“Analysis of 25 hottest skills in Australia shows that 17 of the most sought-after are technology related as more mainstream businesses integrate technology into their core business. Our data also shows that eight of the top 20 skills demanded by employers hiring new technology workers are broader than core technical skills such as relationship management, customer service, strategic planning and contract negotiation.”

 

Mr Wong continued: “The Report highlights how information technology is becoming embedded in all our products and services. It forecasts strong growth in the digital economy to $139 billion by 2020, an increase of 75% since 2014. ICT employment is also expected to grow at 2% annually to 695,000 by 2020. However, whilst this strong growth is welcome, the Report provides a timely reminder that as we seek to transition the Australian economy to one based more on services and knowledge and less on mining investment, we will only be able to achieve that if we urgently address the skills mix in our workforce. ICT skills and digital literacy have never been more important to our economic success.  And an important dimension of this challenge, and one which is a high priority for the ACS, is to encourage more women and mature age workers in to the ICT workforce.”

 

The Report notes that only 28% of the ICT workforce are women, compared to 43% across all professions, and only 11% are mature aged workers compared to 15% across the total workforce.

 

Australia’s Digital Pulse is a comprehensive analysis of the ICT sector and the digital economy. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/digitalpulse2016

 

Australia’s Digital Pulse 2016 will be launched at the National Press Club, on Wednesday 16 March at 5.30pm by Mr Trent Zimmerman MP, Federal Member for North Sydney. Other speakers will include John O’Mahony from Deloitte Access Economics, The Hon Susan Ryan AO, Age & Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and Nick O’Donnell from LinkedIn.

 

-ENDS-

 

Further information

Louise Proctor, Launch Group, 0452 574 244 louise@launchgroup.com.au

Thomas Shanahan, ACS, 0449 902 130 Thomas.shanahan@acs.org.au

 

About the ACS

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14 Apr

ASCA unveils new name and rebrands as Blue Knot Foundation

by launch-admin Apr 14, 2016 0 News

National childhood trauma organisation officially launches new corporate identity to reflect expanded role

Sydney, Australia, 11 April 2016Blue Knot Foundation, formerly known as Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA), the leading national organisation working with adult survivors of childhood trauma including abuse, today announced its new name. Blue Knot Foundation’s revamped corporate identity aligns more closely with the organisation’s expanded brief as well as its vision for the future.

In rebranding to Blue Knot Foundation, the change signals the maturing of community awareness around trauma and parallels the organisation’s growth and leadership in this area. Blue Knot Foundation delivers a comprehensive range of critical services including its specialist Blue Knot Helpline, educational workshops, professional development training, supervision, consultancy and other services.

President of the Blue Knot Foundation, Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, said,Blue Knot Foundation more rightfully reflects our core mission, which is to support the recovery of adult survivors of all forms of childhood trauma, not only childhood abuse.”

Further to this, the rebrand encapsulates the powerful resonance of Blue Knot Day – the organisation’s national awareness day – within the Australian community,” Dr Kezelman said.

The organisation’s specialist Blue Knot Helpline number remains the same and offers help and support from 9.00am – 5.00pm AEST, Monday through to Sunday.

Blue Knot Foundation’s artwork is harmoniously aligned with its previous logo, which features a tangled knot, symbolising the complexity of childhood trauma. Blue Knot Foundation helps adult survivors who have experienced all forms of childhood trauma to recover and ‘untangle’ this knot.

Help and support is available from the Blue Knot Helpline on 1300 657 380, 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Sunday, or visit the Blue Knot Foundation website: www.blueknot.org.au

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About Blue Knot Foundation

Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse) is the leading national organisation supporting the estimated five million Australian adults who are survivors of childhood trauma, including abuse, their families and communities. Blue Knot Foundation provides hope, optimism and pathways to recovery for those affected.

At the forefront of pioneering trauma-informed policy, practice, training and research, the organisation has been instrumental in supporting the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and people engaging with it. This includes the training of key workers and practitioners.

In 2012 Blue Knot Foundation released Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery, a global first in setting the standards for clinical and organisational practice. In 2015 the organisation released an Economic Report, The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia, leading the conversation around the economic imperative of providing the right services for adult survivors.

Formed in 1995, Blue Knot Foundation provides a range of services including specialist short-term phone counselling, support, information, and referral pathways extensive resources including fact sheets and videos, educational workshops for survivors and family members, partners and loved ones, and professional development training, supervision, consultancy for personnel and professionals from diverse services and sectors, including community, health, legal and justice sectors.