First restaurants, now financial, architecture, engineering, IT consulting, legal services businesses are getting an information "kit" about how they can make best use of the Internet and the NBN.
A half-million dollar government grant is aimed at helping the professional services sector adapt to the digital economy.
Announced this morning by Senator Kate Lundy, the Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, the $500,000 grant to the Australian Services Roundtable will fund the development of a Digital Business Kit to help financial, architecture, engineering, IT consulting, legal services businesses get online and use the NBN to drive productivity.
It will include a suite of online and real-time training tools such as cloud based applications, business case studies, interactive small group training sessions and webinars, the Senator explained, and will be updated regularly.
This follows similar $500,000 grants to Restaurant & Catering Australia to develop a similar kit for restaurants and cafes and to the Australian Industry Group for a kit for manufacturing businesses.
Earlier this year the Commonwealth Government announced the $5 million Digital Business Kit program that would fund national industry bodies to develop kits for ten sectors including building, farming, retail, manufacturing, and restaurants and cafes.
The plan calls for the kits to made available via the Government's Digital Business site.