26 September 2023

Action plan to focus on AI future

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The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) has released Australia’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) Action Plan.

DISER said Australia’s AI Action Plan set out a vision for the country to be a global leader in the development and adoption of trusted, secure and responsible AI.

“It includes actions the Australian Government is taking to realise this vision and ensure all Australians share the benefits of an AI-enabled economy,” DISER said.

It said the Plan identified four focus areas, to lift the development and adoption of AI to create jobs and boost productivity; grow and attract world-class talent and expertise; harness Australia’s world-leading AI capabilities to solve national challenges; and ensure AI technologies were responsible, inclusive and reflect Australian values.

“This includes progressing the work we have been doing to promote ethical approaches to AI,” it said.

DISER said the Plan was a key feature of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s whole-of-Government Digital Economy Strategy and would help deliver a modern and leading digital economy by 2030.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Christian Porter said that under the Plan a National Artificial Intelligence Centre would be created to coordinate the nation’s AI expertise and capabilities, and foster greater collaboration between industry and research institutions.

“AI could contribute more than $20 trillion to the global economy by 2030, and the AI Action Plan will help us leverage opportunities for AI to further strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of all Australians, while ensuring that the development and adoption of AI is guided by appropriate safeguards, privacy and ethical considerations,” Mr Porter said.

DISER’s 27-page Action Plan can be accessed at this PS News link.

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