The federal government has announced the establishment of a taskforce to combat threatened shortfalls in some ICT skills within the Australian Public Service (APS).

The group will comprise senior officials from the Australian Taxation Office and the defence, education, IT and veterans’ affairs departments.

The taskforce will work with educational institutions and industry bodies like the Australian Information Industry Association and the Australian Computer Society to address an emerging imbalance in the supply and demand of specialist ICT professionals within the public sector.

“As a significant employer and consumer in the ICT industry, it is vital that the APS work to ensure that it has the adequate ICT skills to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of projects and services,” Special Minister of State Senator Eric Abetz said in a statement.

Priority action areas will be established at its inaugural meeting today, Abetz said.