Objective 3.1

Domestic workforce meets the needs of industry

Action 3.1D

In progress

The Government will help lift the digital capability of Australia’s business decision makers through Digital Directors Training to support organisational leaders with their digital strategy to drive digital transformation.

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Government response
Related Action/s

Develop leadership in digital technology within Australia to drive transformational change across the services sector.


Progress to date

The Government is helping to increase digital representation on boards and lift the digital capability of Australia’s business decision makers. This includes the Digital Directors training program to ensure more Australian boardrooms have the understanding and capability needed to drive the digital transformation and competitiveness of our economy and help industry lead a stronger economic recovery post-COVID-19.

In March 2022, the Australian Services Roundtable (ASR) launched a series of training videos which provide an Introduction to Digital Trade. This short course was developed and co-funded by one of ASR’S members, the Institute for International Trade (IIT) at the University of Adelaide and has been made available on the global commons, to improve general understanding of the concept of “Digital Trade”.

The online course consists of 12 video clips covering a broad range of topics including barriers to digital trade, digital regulatory cooperation, interoperability of digital standards and digital services taxation. The course can be undertaken here.

The course is a collaborative effort between IIT, ASR, Queen Mary University of London, Orebro University in Sweden and the Council on Economic Policies in Switzerland. Course development was co-funded by the European Union as an activity of the JM Network: Trade & Investment in Services, convened by IIT.