The Australian Government announced it will develop a national Digital Economy Strategy to be launched in 2018. As a first step, the Government has released a consultation paper which outlines the scope of the Strategy and invites business and the community to submit their views on Australia's digital needs. In its announcement, the Government acknowledged that digital technologies are a key driver of competition, innovation and productivity and that adopting a strategy to better integrate digital technologies into the Australian economy may facilitate growth by up to $250 billion by 2025. The consultation paper seeks comments in respect of Australia's existing digital infrastructure and suggestions to improve its protocols around communication services, privacy and data management. The Paper also invites recommendations on the development of standards and regulations to ensure that Australia's digital technologies are integrated and interoperable with the rest of the world. Written submissions are due by 30 November 2017. The Digital Economy Strategy Consultation paper is available here. For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Allgrove, Toby Patten, Grace Loukides, Candice Colman or Rowena Baer.