Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Australian Broadband Advisory Council working groups


The Agri-Tech Expert Working Group (AEWG) will consider how connectivity can support productivity and encourage greater uptake of digital technologies across the agricultural sector as well as identifying the barriers and ways to overcome these.

A project brief has been released identifying AEWG's initial focus, key issues and current strategic thinking.

Members of the AEWG are:

Ms Andrea Koch Principal, AgTech
Mr Peter Waters Consultant, Gilbert + Tobin
Ms Nicole Curtis CEO, Grower Group Alliance
Mr Leighton Wilksch Director & AgTechnologist, Agbyte
Dr Michele Allan Chair, Wine Australia
Mr Peter Thompson Farmer, Echo Hills Farming Company
Mr Richard Heath Executive Director, Australian Farm Institute
Ms Christine Mulhearn Assistant Secretary, Innovation and Consumers Branch, Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment


The Health Expert Working Group (HEWG) will examine 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.

The HEWG is looking at ways to improve virtual and digitally enabled health care for patients, and training for health workers through smart technologies. To find out more about the HEWG, you can read the Terms of Reference.

Members of the HEWG are:

Adjunct Associate Professor Christine Giles Strategic Health Policy Advisor
Mr Luke Baxby National Healthcare Leader—Deloitte
Dr Dawn Casey Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Professor Adam Elshaug Professor in Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
Dr Gabrielle O'Kane Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Health Alliance
Ms Tania Rishniw Deputy Secretary for Primary and Community Care, Department of Health
Professor Anthony Smith Director, Centre for Online Health, University of Queensland
Mr Michael Walsh Chair, Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre
Ms Leanne Wells Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Health Forum of Australia