Australia to unlock $224bn digital transformation

  • A $224bn digital dividend is the economic uplift Australia will unlock by fast-tracking investments in productivity-boosting, next-gen software as a service
  • GDP to grow by additional 1.3% by eliminating spending on redundant technology, which is more than six times the economic output or GDP benefit the Olympic Dam Expansion was expected to deliver for Australia
  • The ground-breaking economic analysis released today quantifies for the very first time the economic benefits of accelerating Australia’s digital transformation over the next decade


BRISBANE, 2 August 2021 – New economic analysis published for the first time today has revealed a massive $224bn economic dividend for the Australian economy by turbo-charging investments in digital transformation.

This is the headline finding of a landmark report prepared by IBRS and Insight Economics which quantifies for the very first time the $224bn economic opportunity that can be unlocked if the public and private sectors embrace new innovations and replace redundant IT platforms with next-gen Software as a Service (SaaS) technology.

Every year more than $70bn of the $98bn spent in Australia on software is directed towards legacy on-premise platforms, which costs the economy billions and has a detrimental environmental impact through higher emissions.

Alternatively, Australian GDP will grow by 1.3% over a decade by embracing this $224bn digital transformation dividend, which is more than six times the GDP boost Australia was expected to realise from the Olympic Dam Expansion. This transformation will be driven by SaaS, with substantial cost savings from eliminating the cost of software ownership, along with productivity benefits driven by the automation, scalability and security of SaaS.

The $224bn economic savings can be redirected to other productivity enhancing infrastructure and services. For example, the $62bn economic opportunity for federal and state governments over a decade is the equivalent of being able to build more than 11,500kms of new roads or four new Sydney Harbour tunnels. Alternatively, it’s funding an additional 11 million Australian hospital services, 90,000 registered nurses, 883,000 residential aged care places or 87,000 teachers over a decade.

TechnologyOne CEO Mr Edward Chung said: “The $224bn digital dividend ready to be unlocked by government and business is simply too big to ignore. With the research quantifying the economic benefits for the first time, it should spur action at every boardroom and for governments at all levels in Australia around how they think about their technology priorities “While this transformation is already underway for many in Australia, for some it’s still happening too slow. “As a nation, we have a choice. We can continue to waste money on redundant on-premise technology, or we can fast-track the digital transition to SaaS where a $224bn economic windfall can be reinvested back into Australia.

“The reinvestment of these funds could transform the lives of Australians for generations.”

According to the “The Economic Impact of SaaS” report, the economic benefits of accelerating cloud technology investments and innovation will be felt nation-wide. Victoria’s economy will receive a $60bn economic benefit over a decade due to the scale of opportunities available to the state’s higher education, retail, manufacturing and asset and project intensive industries. This is followed by New South Wales ($50bn), Queensland ($31bn), West Australia ($30bn), ACT ($20bn), South Australia ($18bn), Tasmania ($11bn) and the Northern Territory ($4bn).

These headline numbers would be accelerated by $9.7 billion if Australian providers secured just 10% more of available contracts. Currently, 85% of all SaaS sales go to foreign entities, coming at the expense of local jobs, local taxes and the local Australian technology industry.

Mr Chung said “This research highlights the enormous potential that technology has to futureproof our nation’s economic interests and to build much-needed sovereign capabilities. Build-it-here technology capability would rapidly shift the balance of power towards domestic providers who currently win only 15% of SaaS contracts.

“The research also clearly highlights the substantial costs savings and other business benefits of SaaS including
increased productivity, an enhanced customer experience and reduced cyber security risks. We also know SaaS will reduce Australia’s carbon footprint and is one of the most efficient and rapid pathways of achieving net zero.

“However, we understand the challenge for businesses and government agencies when it comes to digital investments, especially when the economy is still in recovery mode. To navigate this, the industry needs to step up and do more to support business and government to simplify this transition.

“TechnologyOne has made significant investments and will continue to invest to reduce cost pressures and to simplify the transition process. We are doing this because we know this is the answer to kicking this digital transition into a higher gear and I encourage other business leaders to do the same,” he said.

The $224bn of economic benefits contained in the report – which was produced by IBRS and Insight Economics and commissioned by TechnologyOne - have been validated using the Monash Multiregional Forecasting (MMRF) model, which is frequently used by Federal and State Governments in the evaluation of new policy proposals and investment.

The research is the first detailed analysis to explore the direct savings, productivity impact and broader national interests of SaaS across federal, state and local governments, and large industries including health and aged care, higher education, asset and project intensive, and corporate and financial services.

View the findings and download the full report here: https://toobigtoignore.com.au/

Media contact
Amity Sturwohld
Public Relations & Investor Relations Manager
0439 646 389

About TechnologyOne

TechnologyOne (ASX: TNE) is Australia’s largest enterprise software company and one of Australia’s top 150 ASX-listed companies, with locations across six countries. We provide a global SaaS ERP solution that transforms business and makes life simple for our customers. Our deeply integrated enterprise SaaS solution is available on any device, anywhere and any time and is incredibly easy to use. Over 1,200 leading corporations, government agencies, local councils and universities are powered by our software.

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02 Aug 2021

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