Background Information

Today we live, work, and play in a world of change and transition.


The rapid pace of change is opening up opportunities for whole industries to be transformed, for individual businesses to completely change their competitive focus and for new products and services to emerge. This is happening around us and it is happening within our region. As a region, we need to harness these opportunities, by staying competitive with other regions and engaged with the global digital economy, to ensure our economy and our community is enhanced.

The digital economy is defined by the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy as the global network of economic and social activities that are enabled by information and communications technologies, such as the internet, mobile and sensor networks.

The future economic success of the Hunter Region relies on our collective ability to attract and retain a talented workforce, new business investment, a sustainable environment and a connected and inclusive community. It is about jobs, financial security, maintaining our spectacular quality of life, and our sense of community.


The digital economy can drive new opportunities for business to develop via new products and services, methods of supply and distribution, and access to larger markets. The digital economy can provide improved society well-being by increasing access, and reducing inequity of access, to vital health and education services and entertainment. It can improve our environmental sustainability by reducing the need for fossil-fuel-driven travel by increasing telework, smart public transport systems and digital logistics.

The questions posed in this survey are designed to gauge the regional population’s understanding of, and support for, initiatives associated with growing our digital economy.

Seizing the digital economy as a region means taking control of our future competitive direction. We can choose to play catch-up or to take a lead. The Hunter Digital Industry Growth and Innovation Taskforce (DiGiT) wishes to see our region take a lead. This incorporated representational not-for-profit association has the mission “By 2020, establish the Hunter as a leading digital regional economy with a global reputation”.

The members of Hunter DiGiT have a view on the importance of the digital economy. This survey aims to validate and / or challenge those views. It is also designed to seek industry and community guidance on which initiatives Hunter DiGiT should focus on in order to help the region to maximise the opportunities and benefits associated with the digital economy.

We ask that you take 5 - 10 minutes to complete the survey and in particular, provide additional comments on each question. Hunter DiGiT members believe that the true power of our region lies in its collective wisdom and insight.


Thank you for participating.

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* 1. Please provide relevant demographic information to assist with the analysis of your responses.

Please note your information will not be shared with any third parties.

The only mandatory field below is the email address. We will only use this address to contact you if you provide consent in question 20.

* 2. The Hunter Region needs a strong digital economy?

* 3. How important is affordable high speed internet in the creation of a strong digital economy?

* 4. How do you rate the current speed / quality of your internet services at work?

* 5. How do you rate the current speed / quality of your internet services at home?

* 6. How important is Education and Training in the creation of a strong digital economy in our region?

* 7. Do you believe that Hunter tertiary institutions and training organisations are addressing / delivering relevant courses for the digital economy?

Please provide additional information in the comment box below.

* 8. How important is a co-ordinated, all of government approach in the creation of a strong digital economy?

* 9. Do you believe there is a co-ordinated all of government approach in the creation of a strong digital economy?

* 10. How important is a co-ordinated approach to non government initiatives in the creation of a strong digital economy?

* 11. Do you believe there is a co-ordinated non government approach in the creation of a strong digital economy?

* 12. How important is financial assistance and or tax incentives in the creation of a strong digital economy?

* 13. Do you believe there is financial assistance and tax incentives available to promote the growth of the digital economy in the Hunter?

* 14. How important is support for Small to Medium Enterprises (SME's) in the creation of a strong digital economy?

* 15. What support would you like to see for SME's?

* 16. How important is the creation of a coherent and comprehensive digital economy strategy for the Hunter Region?

* 17. Do you believe there is a coherent digital economy strategy for the Hunter Region?

* 18. How important is the formation of a digital economy Industry cluster and / or peak body to foster the digital economy in the Hunter Region?

* 19. Please add any other observations or insights you would like to provide with regard the digital economy in the Hunter.

* 20. Are you interested in participating in activities designed to enhance the Hunters digital economy? If yes we will contact you via the email address provided in question 1.

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