Why software outsourcing matters
The Software and IT outsourcing bill passed the Senate on Thursday and is set to pass the House of Representatives before the end of the year.
The bill will give a $1.9 billion boost to the Australian Government’s digital services industry, and it aims to streamline the recruitment process for IT jobs.
It is expected to also create a new category of software outsourcing jobs, and allow the Government to set a new minimum wage for companies, instead of the current $60,000.
It also includes measures to protect consumers and businesses from online and mobile fraud.
The Government says the changes will ensure Australians can “stay up to date and stay connected, whilst ensuring that Australian businesses remain financially sustainable”.
“The Government has a number of innovative and effective new measures that will improve the way that Australian companies recruit and retain skilled workers,” Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said.
“The Government will also invest in our IT sector and deliver greater accountability, so that Australians can stay up to time and keep up to speed with the latest IT news, technology developments and best practices.”
Senator Nick Xenophon said the bill was an “important step forward” to strengthen Australia’s digital economy.
“It’s important that we give Australians the certainty that comes with being a digitally-savvy nation, and that we’re not just following the lead of China, which is a big threat to our economy, but we’re going to be a leader in the digital world,” Senator Xenophon told the ABC.
‘The Australian dream’ Senator Xenophones claim that it will create jobs is backed by many industry groups, who have long argued that the country needs more IT jobs and they will see an impact on the economy.
Mr Xenophon is also backing the bill to create a “digital Australia” that will include a “new category of IT jobs”.
“This bill will provide more certainty and certainty for Australian businesses to hire and retain talent and ensure that Australian jobs are secure and not just being thrown out the window, but are supported,” he said.
Opposition leader Mark McGwayne has previously said the Government needs to invest in IT and digital jobs, but Mr Xenophone says the bill will help with the job creation. “
[The bill] is an important step forward to ensure that we don’t lose the Australian dream to the Chinese and other countries.”
Opposition leader Mark McGwayne has previously said the Government needs to invest in IT and digital jobs, but Mr Xenophone says the bill will help with the job creation.
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