26 September 2023

New design kit to guide tech policies

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A baseline for best practice in technology policy design is to be established in a partnership between the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) Digital Technology Taskforce, the Australian National University (ANU) and the Tech Council of Australia (TCA).

Announced by the Head of the Digital Technology Taskforce at PM&C, Michelle Dowdell, the partnership has its eyes on the development of a Tech Policy Design Kit.

Ms Dowdell said the Kit would be comprised of tech policy design principles and processes, as well as modules for Government, industry and civil society.

She said the project was an example of how Government was building partnerships to support its Digital Economy Strategy.

“Modern regulatory settings are a key foundation of the Strategy and are crucial to achieving the vision of Australia being a top 10 digital economy and society by 2030,” Ms Dowdell said.

Director of the Tech Policy Design Centre (TPDC) at ANU, Johanna Weaver said the decisions made about tech policy today, would shape the world of tomorrow.

“Given the consequentiality, we urgently need to mature the way we design tech policy in Australia,” Associate Professor Weaver said.

“TPDC is delighted to partner with PM&C and TCA, as a tangible demonstration of our joint commitment towards this objective,” she said.

The Director said the Tech Policy Design Kit would be developed in consultation with Government, industry and civil society.

“The first module will be released in the coming months,” Associate Professor Weaver said.

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