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Driving Digital Connectivity Across Regional Victoria

The Victorian government is investing in digital projects to help businesses and communities be better connected to create jobs and drive economic growth. The Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy recently announced the full list of digital projects from the Labor Government’s AUS$3.5 million Regional Digital Fund. The Fund supports a broad range of small-scale digital projects identified as priorities by the local Regional Partnership, investing up to $390,000 in each partnership region.

Projects are rolling out across the state including Strengthening Care for Children which provides telehealth access for those in the Wimmera Southern Mallee to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. In Gippsland, the fund is supporting around 120 local tourism businesses to access digital skills training and a one-on-one online or onsite mentoring service from a digital tourism expert.

Barwon, Central Highlands, Great South Coast, Goulburn, Loddon Campaspe, Mallee and Ovens Murray regions also have projects underway addressing digital connectivity skills helping residents and businesses move beyond geographical and social barriers to economic growth.

The Regional Digital Fund projects will help build digital technology infrastructure, skills and capability in regional Victoria, supporting the ongoing competitiveness of regional businesses, emerging industries and helping to create local jobs.

The Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy stated that improving access to digital technology creates jobs and connects communities. She added that investing in digital infrastructure and providing training for residents and businesses across regional Victoria sets up local communities for the future.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Regional Development stated that these projects are crucial for regional Victoria. Having access to reliable digital technologies helps communities stay connected and businesses adapt to new ways of doing things. She noted that where a person lives should not be a barrier to participating in the digital world.

The AUS$ 3.5 million Regional Digital Fund aims to support a broad range of important small-scale digital projects boosting digital technology infrastructure, skills and capability across regional Victoria. It is helping businesses and the community in regional Victoria by funding projects identified as priorities by each local Regional Partnership.

Many of these projects were shared as part of the Regional Growth Showcase, held during the Digital Innovation Futures (DIF) Festival in August-September 2021. The objectives of the Regional Digital Fund are to:

  • act as a flexible grant program to support a broad range of small-scale digital projects – all projects are in, or for the benefit of, regional Victoria.
  • help build digital technology infrastructure, skills and capability in regional Victoria, support ongoing competitiveness of regional businesses, emerging industries and help to create local jobs.
  • help residents, communities and businesses move beyond geographical and social barriers to gain skills and build capability and economic growth.
  • address digital objectives, priorities and gaps identified in the Regional Digital Plans.

31 different projects were funded by the Regional Digital Fund and are underway across Victoria. They fall into the categories of:

  • Connectivity and infrastructure projects
  • Digital capability and inclusion projects
  • Digital hub projects
  • Digital health projects

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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