Tech Council of Australia welcomes 17 new member firms into its ranks

Kate Pounder, CEO of the Tech Council of Australia
Kate Pounder, Chief Executive Officer at the Tech Council of Australia

The Tech Council of Australia (TCA) announced a range of eminent new members joining the Tech Council of Australia, who each share a commitment to ensuring technology activity across all industries in Australia will contribute $250 billion a year to GDP by 2030.

Who are the new members of TCA?

The new members announced today include:

What do the new recruits mean for TCA?

Kate Pounder, TCA Chief Executive Officer believes these new members will bolster an already impressive membership group. “In joining the Tech Council of Australia, each of these members are demonstrating a commitment to the Australian technology sector,” she said.

“In addition to our GDP ambitions, we will work with members to ensure by 2030 we have 1.2m people in tech jobs, which we believe is absolutely crucial for our country’s future.”

“Our new members will also support our aspiration in making Australia the best place in the world to start and scale a tech company. Coming together as an industry and collaborating on some of the most crucial issues across our economy will ensure we have the right settings in place for a prosperous future. We also have the ability to hear from some of the most innovative companies as part of this group and bring those insights to policymakers.”

“As the TCA approaches its second birthday, we couldn’t be prouder of what we have achieved. There have been some real breakthroughs which make us proud. We welcome new members and look forward to working with them as part of our membership community.”

What achievements has TCA achieved to date?

Some achievements since launch include:

  1. Prime Minister the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP announcing the adoption of the TCA’s goal of 1.2 million tech workers by 2030 as part of official Government policy.
  2. $1 Billion for critical technologies as part of the Government’s National Reconstruction Fund.
  3. Reforms to Employee Share Schemes to reduce red tape, improve tax arrangements and help Australian tech companies compete for the best talent.
  4. Introduction of the $1 Billion Technology Investment Boost to increase tech adoption by small and medium enterprises.
  5. A commitment from the Government to work with TCA and other industry bodies to develop digital apprenticeships as part of the Digital and Tech Skills Compact.
  6. Political support for the Digital Employment Forum’s proposed National Virtual Work Experience Program, to allow secondary school students to try a career in tech, no matter where they are or what barriers they face.
  7. Additional funding to clear the skilled migration visa backlog, an expansion of post-study work rights for university graduates and a major review of the skilled migration system.
  8. Improved guidance material for software claims under the Research and Development Tax Incentive.
  9. More informed regulatory design, including the creation of a constructive tech industry voice on cyber security and privacy reform.