Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, 16–18 November 2021 2021

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Technology transforming regional Australia

Technology has the potential to develop new products, access new markets, work more efficiently and improve the bottom-line, better target consumer preferences, and deliver safer working environments. For example, drones and sensors will be used to collect real time data, particularly in dangerous or inaccessible locations, and this will be used to support better planning and management. Technology results in a constant re-imagining of how business, government, societies and individuals organise, operate and strategise.

In 2020 the top emerging technologies were:

  • AI
  • 5G
  • IoT
  • Serverless Computing/ Function as a Service (FaaS)
  • Biometrics
  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
  • Blockchain including cybersecurity
  • Robotics including natural language processing
  • Quantum Computing


A number of new industries are flagged for regional Australia on the basis of emerging technology including biotech, cleantech, health care, Agtech.

These technologies will lead to an increased need for access to software and applications programmers, management and organisation analysts, advanced modelling software and 3D printing.

This action agenda will look at how regions are planning for an increasingly digital future, driving the uptake of new technologies and emerging service opportunities (health, education and government) investing in the development of their region’s digital skills.