New portal offers free access to business services

A new portal has been unveiled by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), offering access to free business services for those affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The portal will facilitate access to teleworking technologies such as tele- and video-conferencing, virtual meetings and events, as well as other remote business services that can be deployed out of the traditional office environment. These technologies can also support medical consultations if required.

The landing page of the portal also offers information for Australians on services available to meet their specific remote working needs. The landing page will then enable people and businesses to link to the relevant offer or platform to access the service from that company. Free offers available on the site include those from Telstra, Google, ServiceNow, Cisco, Facebook, Microsoft, Adobe, Salesforce and SAP have joined the initiative led by AIIA by providing a complimentary suite of service and product offerings available through this website. More companies are expected to join in the coming days.

The portal will help ensure people within the business to stay in touch as well as collaborate with colleagues and clients without being exposed to close contact that poses greater risk at this time, a critical requirement of many businesses.

It is envisioned that the portal will become a critical online resource for both government and business in ensuring the viability of remote work operations and continuity of work as necessitated by the current pandemic outbreak.

The portal also serves to complement the broad suite of Government support and advice available to Australian business owners at www.business.gov.au.

The Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP and the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology the Hon Karen Andrews MP welcomed the launch of the portal which will help facilitate continuity of operations.

“The technology industry, through the Australian Information Industry Association and working closely with Australian Federal and State governments, has created the Australian Business Continuity online resource centre designed to support the economy during these difficult and unprecedented times,” Ron Gauci, CEO of AIIA said.

“AIIA would like to thank the companies who have already signed on for their support in assisting Australian businesses, schools, students, governments and workplaces for contributing to this online resource in what is proving to be a challenging time for all businesses.”

The free services can be accesses by visiting www.australianbusinesscontinuity.com.au.

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