[LINK] new IT council
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stephen at melbpc.org.au
Mon May 11 21:57:20 EST 2009
Innovation Minister > Senator the Hon Kim
Media Release 05 May 2009
Senator the Hon Kim Carr
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY INNOVATION COUNCIL ESTABLISHED
A new Information Technology Industry Innovation Council will be
established to support Australia's $98 billion information technology
(IT) industry, employing over 400,000 Australians.
The council will be chaired by Mr John Grant, Managing Director, Data#3
Pty Ltd. It will promote the IT sector in its own right and as an enabler
of innovation, productivity and sustainable development for the economy
as a whole.
Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, said the new IT council, the
fourth Industry Innovation Council established by the Rudd Government,
will champion IT-enabled innovation for economic, social and
"The IT revolution has fuelled our nation's productivity and will make an
even greater impact in the years ahead," Senator Carr said.
"IT is a pervasive enabling and transforming technology for all
"IT underpins logistics chains and is increasingly embedded in goods such
as cars and home appliances. IT supplies enterprise software, has
applications in medical, spatial, transactional and other spheres, and is
fundamental to data management.
"As with the other Industry Innovation Councils, the IT council will
create links with stakeholders to identify opportunities for innovation,
wealth creation, IT capability and entrepreneurialism.
"The council will mobilise talented industry, education and research
representatives to advise the Government on innovation issues and will be
a champion of IT innovation in the wider community.
"It will work closely across Government on issues of common interest to
ensure we realise the benefits that will flow from Australia's new
National Broadband Network."
Council members will be appointed from a broad and highly talented group
of candidates across business, unions and government, and will meet for
the first time before the end of the financial year.
Further information on Innovation Industry Councils is available at
Patrick Pantano, Minister's Office, 0417 181 936
Mike Lawson, Department, 02 6213 6490 or 0419 416 816
BIOGRAPHY Mr John Grant Managing Director, Data#3 Pty Ltd
John was a director of Data#3 from its foundation in 1984 and then
Managing Director from 1996. He stepped down from the board as a director
in November 2000 along with all other executive directors and took the
position of Chief Executive Officer. He was reappointed as Managing
Director in July 2004. From 1980 until he joined Data#3 in 1982, John
worked with IBM in sales. John has a degree in Engineering with Honours
from the University of Queensland and worked as a civil engineer with the
Brisbane City Council from 1970 until 1980. John is Chairman of the
Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the ICT industry's
peak representative body; a member of the Queensland Government's
Ministerial Advisory Group whose charter is to provide advice to the
Minister for Tourism, Regional Development & Industry on Queensland ICT
industry development policy; a member of the Queensland Government's
Smart State Council and a member of Hewlett Packard's Asia Pacific
Partner Advisory board whose charter is to provide advice and input to HP
on its relationship with its distribution and reseller partners in Asia
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