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Broadening the debate

August 2011

© Commonwealth of Australia 2011
ISBN 978-0-642-79544-1 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79545-8 (HTML version)

View the report as a single document - (PDF 3418KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Preliminary Pages (PDF 129KB)
Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 66KB)

Scope and conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 Government services (PDF 170KB)

Current services
Services under development and future services
Efficiency in service delivery
Efficiency in government operations
Gov 2.0
Committee conclusions

Chapter 3 Health - Improved service in regional areas (PDF 195KB)

Why is e-health important?
Tele-health applications
Remote consultations, diagnostics and treatment
Electronic storage and transmission of medical data
In-home monitoring
Rehabilitation and preventative health
Aged Care
Mental health
Health professional in regional areas
E-health records
Medical education
Government leadership
Committee conclusions

Chapter 4 Education (PDF 209KB)

Enhanced classroom-based education
More educational institutions connected
Richer online resources available
Remote linkage to experts and institutions
Sharing and interacting with other schools and campuses
Access to more curriculum options
Increasing student and teacher retention in rural areas
Enhanced education outside the classroom
The benefit of ubiquity
Richer, more interactive online educational services
Education at home
Education in the workplace
Education in the community
A more efficient education system
Committee conclusions

Chapter 5 Infrastructure and the environment (PDF 168KB)

Reducing energy use and carbon emissions
Direct energy savings through more efficient networks
Supporting green data centres and consolidated ICT provision
Reducing the costs of travel
Smart grids to reduce energy waste
Managing infrastructure using sensor networks
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)—reducing traffic congestion
Smart infrastructure to manage assets and water resources
Agricultural applications
Environmental monitoring applications
More accessible spatial data, satellite and aerial observation services
Committee Conclusions

Chapter 6 Economic development and diversification (PDF 217KB)

Improving business efficiency
Cloud computing
Supporting business growth
Opportunities for high technology industries
Home-based businesses
Australia’s geographic advantage
NBN impacts for regional development
Constraints on business by current service
Regional service hubs
Attracting and growing businesses
Economic diversification
Exporting to other markets
Supporting tourism
Supporting agriculture
Committee conclusions

Chapter 7 Research and innovation (PDF 175KB)

ICT investment, innovation, R&D and productivity improvement
Attracting foreign ICT investment in Australia
Research in more locations and improved collaboration
Research in remote locations
Research collaboration
Increased public engagement in science
Promoting application development
Committee conclusions

Chapter 8 Community and social - Enabling new methods of community interaction (PDF 211KB)

Improving social inclusion and interaction
Australians in rural and remote areas
Indigenous Australians
Older Australians
Australians with disabilities
Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
New entertainment possibilities
Better access to arts and culture
Better access to information and digital media
Crime and safety considerations
Committee conclusions

Chapter 9 Network capacity and technology (PDF 169KB)

Drivers of demand for speed
Scalable and future-proof technology
Other broadband technologies
Beyond the NBN fibre footprint
International backhaul capacity
National wholesale arrangements
Committee conclusions

Chapter 10 Government coordination (PDF 130KB)

A national digital economy strategy
Leading by example
Regional development

Chapter 11 Encouraging uptake and developing skills (PDF 218KB)

Promoting ubiquitous connectivity
Opt-in or opt-out?
Engaging with consumers
Assisting disadvantaged groups
Outside the fibre footprint
Applications and content
Skills development
Digital Literacy
Professional ICT skills development

Dissenting report—Mr Paul Neville MP, Mr Paul Fletcher MP, Mrs Jane Prentice MP (PDF 422KB)
Appendix A – Background (PDF 641KB)


Appendix B – Glossary of Terms (PDF 120KB)
Appendix C – Submissions (PDF 42KB)
Appendix D – Exhibits (PDF 63KB)
Appendix E – Public hearings (PDF 73KB)
Additional Correspondence Relating to Dissenting Report (PDF 230KB)

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