The government’s JobMaker Digital Business Plan is a critical plank in accelerating the shift to a digital economy and creating the dynamic new jobs we’ll need in the recovery, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.
“These changes help set us up for the future. They put Australia on track to be a leading digital economy by 2030 by enabling businesses to access modern digital infrastructure and locking in sensible regulatory reforms that make it easier to do business and create jobs.
“Today’s announcement updates outdated regulations that hold back common-sense changes, like letting businesses hold annual general meetings online.
“Crucially, the package will help drive the digitisation of businesses of all sizes, meaning they can take advantage of new technologies to work smarter.
“This is critical because we know that digitally enabled small and medium sized businesses are eight times more likely to create new jobs.
“The pandemic has taught us that many of the old ways of working are outdated, the government is rightly acting to position us for the future.
“Adopting new technology makes doing business easier, it means small and medium businesses can get paid faster and it gives people more choices.
“We look forward to working with the government to implement these reforms and continuing to develop more options to help more businesses get to the digital frontier, support digital inclusion and build the digital skills Australia needs.’’