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Wheatbelt Digital Action Plan

RDAW-Digital-Action-PlanIn September 2012 RDA Wheatbelt appointed a consultant to develop the Wheatbelt Digital Action Plan. The primary aim of undertaking this work was to identify strategies to maximise the uptake and utilisation of NBN infrastructure when it is rolled-out to the region and to highlight niche social and economic opportunities for a digitally enabled Wheatbelt.

A regional Steering Committee was formed to guide the development of the Plan and consisted of representatives from RDA Wheatbelt, the Wheatbelt Development Commission, Local Government and the WA Department of Commerce, Digital Economy Branch. This Steering Committee then evolved into the Implementation Committee as priorities from within the Plan were identified and actioned. In May 2015 the Implementation Committee sought to broaden its scope and invite thought leaders in the region to form part of a digital Reference Group to continue to drive the key focus areas within the Plan.

The Digital Action Plan identifies five focus areas:
  1. Digital Learning – overcoming learning gaps with relevant, local demonstration of benefit and outcomes, followed by practical support to get more online and develop the regions capabilities.
  2. Connectivity and Access – further research and active problem solving into key areas of service need, technology options and investment capacity will be required to overcome this key business productivity issue.
  3. Leadership and Advocacy – generating a high degree of collaboration and cooperation between all key organisations and amongst communities.  A governance model for the action plan has been proposed to achieve this.
  4. Building Community and Services online – support key service providers and communities to move online to drive and grow demand, and to capture new residents choosing to work, live or invest in the region.
  5. Building Digital Innovation – work with the exemplars and inspire and promote digital technology uptake, and support key sectors where adoption is already high and benefits well understood.

Approximately 320 people were engaged in the process of developing the plan, through workshops and an online survey. This extensive consultation has enabled us to develop a plan with achievable and practical goals and actions.

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Digital Development Opportunities

One of the cornerstone initiatives coming out of the Wheatbelt Digital Action Plan is the idea of a Digital Flying Squad, which has been successfully fulfilled in the transformation of the initial Steering Committee to the current regional digital Reference Group. The flying squad has and will continue to bring ideas, inspiration, demonstration and skills development to the Wheatbelt community to improve people’s knowledge of and capability to use digital technology and online applications.


Social Media

Want to stay up-to-date with all the news and happenings in the Wheatbelt? Connect with @RDAWheatbelt via Twitter and network with people from all over the region. Social Media enables like-minded people to communicate instantaneously and share relevant, local updates to an engaged online audience.

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RDA Wheatbelt supports the Australian Government’s aim to increase the number of people who Telework to 12 per cent by 2020. To highlight the benefits of Telework RDA Wheatbelt participated in a case study that can be viewed on this YouTube video.