Digital Dividend or Digital Divide?
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Cisco’s Digital Readiness Index explores how ready each state and territory in Australia is to reap the benefits of future digitisation. The results will help inform the investment decisions of governments and policy makers to ensure every Australian benefits from the digital economy.
Global digital readiness is placed amongst three stages: Activate, Accelerate, and Amplify.
Australia’s digital readiness score places it in the highest-ranked ‘Amplify’ stage, alongside the USA, Canada and most Western and Northern European nations.
The ACT has the highest score in Australia, testament to its portfolio of high performing research institutions, active adoption of new technologies and strong start-up community.
States and territories with lower scores will fall behind in the digital world. They need to invest in upskilling the population and supporting early technology adoption.
See which states are leading the charge when it comes to digital readiness.
Overall, scoring 17.34 out of a possible 25, Australia is in a strong position to reap the benefits of a digitised business arena and community of the future. However, more work needs to be done to harness the power of digitisation to create economic opportunites for all, and thrive in an increasingly digital world.
ACT is the highest-ranking state, with a digital readiness score of 21.14, first in almost every category assessed. This can be attributed to its large portfolio of high performing research and education institutions and ease of building infrastructure and doing business.