Australia’s digital competitiveness is growing but it still falls outside the top 10, according to a World Economic Forum report that analyses the ICT environments of different countries.

The Global Information Technology Report ranking is based on a combination of factors that fall into four broad categories: The regulatory and business environment; ICT affordability, skills and infrastructure; the use of ICT by individuals, business and government; and the economic and social impact of ICT.

In this year’s index Australia’s ‘ Networked Readiness Index’ (NRI) ranking climbed two places to 16. In the APAC region it trails Singapore (the top-ranked country globally), Japan (10th place), and South Korea (12th). It was also beaten by a number of other G-20 members: In order, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the US, the UK, Luxembourg, Canada and Germany.