The Australian Broadband Advisory Council (ABAC) has been established to provide advice to the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts on ways to maximise the benefits of high speed networks in key sectors of the economy. The Council is made up of eminent Australians with expertise in innovation, connectivity and key sectors of the economy.
The Australian Broadband Advisory Council (the Council) is working to explore and promote ways the NBN and other high-speed networks can be used to lift Australia's economic output and the welfare of Australians more generally. The Council's work includes identifying opportunities and barriers to realising the full potential of high speed networks and developing strategies to support Australians and Australian businesses as they recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initial focus of the Council will be to consider the impact of COVID-19 on broadband use, including in key sectors of the Australian economy. The Council will also focus on trends in how Australians are now using connectivity to learn, work and connect with services and their communities, and how these can be leveraged to achieve longer term benefits.
Two expert working groups have been established to assist with the uptake of new digital approaches which could significantly increase productivity and service offerings. The following working groups are now consulting with industries:
- Agriculture: The Agri-tech Expert Working Group will consider how digital services can enhance productivity, identify barriers and encourage greater uptake of technology.
- Health: The Health Expert Working Group will look at the digital ecosystem across the health sector, with a specific focus on how connectivity, technology and data can support new models of care, including the accelerated use of telehealth during COVID-19.