Agile Australia: Will Malcolm Turnbull lead a tech revolution? | ALC Training News

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Over the past few years, political leadership in Australia has been rather volatile. Prime ministers have come and gone (and come again), each with their own vision for the future of the country.

Like any other new leader, this new head is bringing something a little different to the parliamentary table. As former Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull has been hailed as a technology minded PM and his focus on IT has caused excitement amongst many Australians.

Will his reputation and background help Australia become a leader in IT?

An “agile” government

In his first media address, Turnbull’s words harkened to IT project management training terms as he framed his speech around the terms “agile” and “disruption”.

“The Australia of the future has to be a nation that is agile, that is innovative,” he said, according to a September 15 Sydney Morning Herald article.

“We have to recognise that the disruption that we see driven by technology, the volatility in change is our friend if we are agile and smart enough to take advantage of it.”

The NBN will reach most Australians by 2020.The NBN will reach most Australians by 2020.

One of Turnbull’s most notable campaigns during his time as Minister for Communication was the rollout of high-speed broadband. This was hailed by Senator Mathias Cormann as one of the biggest infrastructure projects that Australia has ever seen and is budgeted at $49 billion through to 2020.

So far, one in 10 Australians are on the national broadband network (NBN) and the recently updated plan is set to connect 2.6 million premises by the end of July 2016. As an increasing number of businesses get on the high-speed grid, gaining an ITIL certification is becoming a key way to stay on top of  these new opportunities.

Australians ready for a change

The new prime minister already seems to have resonated with the wider Australian population.

70 per cent of respondents named Malcolm Turnbull as their preferred leader.

According to a September 15 leadership survey conducted by Roy Morgan, 70 per cent of respondents named him as the preferred prime minister. Only 24 per cent highlighted Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as their first choice and 6 per cent were unsure or named another candidate.

“Turnbull leads clearly amongst both genders, across all States & Territories and leads Shorten across supporters of both major parties,” said Gary Morgan, CEO of Roy Morgan.

As technology continues to become a major part of the wider population’s lives, having a like-minded leader is a good step for the IT industry as well as businesses in general. If Malcolm Turnbull can meet these expectations, Australia may see a significant boost to innovation and technology in the coming years.

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