Australia and New Zealand sign first-ever science and innovation pact20/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
In the first treaty of its kind, Australia and New Zealand have teamed up to build the Trans-Tasman collaboration on science, innovation and research programs.
This pact was finalised by Arthur Sinodinos, Australian minister for industry, innovation and science, and Simon Bridges, New Zealand’s minister for economic development, transport and communications.
The agreement was finalised this month at the high-profile Leaders Meeting in Queenstown, also attended by the two countries prime ministers, Malcolm Turnbull and Bill English.
Australian government reviews $6.2 billion annual ICT spending program20/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Commonwealth’s high-profile ICT procurement program will be under the microscope during a comprehensive review that seeks greater transparency and accountability for high-profile spending programs.
This review, unveiled by the assistant minister for digital transformation, Angus Taylor, will be led by a recently-established Investment Management Office with the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).
Australian government introduces online safety law for groups at risk14/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Turnbull Government has introduced new legislation that strengthens online safety for Australians that remain vulnerable to online bullying, or the sharing of offensive content. This law extends the powers of the e-safety commissioner to investigate complaints, apart from those impacting children at risk.
Queensland appoints new chief to drive e-health agenda14/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The delivery of e-health services in Queensland has received a major boost with the appointment of Dr Richard Ashby as the chief executive for e-Health Queensland. This role will involve the supervision of ICT and e-health services across the state, together with leading a team of senior executives.
Dr Ashby’s appointment was announced by the peak body, Queensland Health, under moves to fast-track e-health services, and deliver on the leadership for healthcare reforms.
Victoria finalises $126 million telco contracts06/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Victorian government has moved to upgrade its ageing telecommunications infrastructure under a $126 million upgrade program that involves seven key players and niche service providers.
This upgrade, foreshadowed by FST Government last year, will fast-track the modernisation of core agencies’ voice, data, mobile, internet and unified communications infrastructure.
Queensland refreshes digital strategy06/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The future of digital government comes one step closer under an “Advancing our Digital Future” action plan that was unveiled by Queensland’s minister for innovation, science and the digital economy, Leeanne Enoch.
This plan coincides with the creation of a new Data Analytics Office. These initiatives bring the state into lock-step with similar reforms in NSW, Victoria, and more recently, South Australia.
Queensland drives digital transformation with new team01/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
In a show of support for digital transformation, Queensland’s peak organisation, eHealth Queensland, kicks off the New Year with five senior executive appointments to tackle digital transformation in healthcare.
These appointments coincide with healthcare reforms that come under the spotlight at the FST Government Queensland conference being held 16th March in Brisbane.
PM Turnbull spearheads Cybersecurity briefings30/01/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
Australia’s cyber-defence planning comes under scrutiny during a briefing planned for political parties in Canberra next month. This briefing will be held when Federal Parliament resumes on 7th February. The briefing participants will include Alastair MacGibbon, cyber-security advisor to the Prime Minister, as well as the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
NSW government finalises new-look Cabinet30/01/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a new-look Cabinet that takes a fresh approach to governance, and enables communities to gain a fair share of the state's economic success.
Among the portfolio changes, Matthew John Kean will move in as the minister for innovation and better regulation. This role was previously held by Victor Dominello, a key supporter for digital government and open data for NSW.
Commonwealth spends $12 million on positioning technology23/01/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian Government will invest $12 million in a two-year program to test the potential of positioning technology for transport, agriculture, construction, and resources.
Research indicates this technology could generate upwards of $73 billion of value to Australia by 2030 where used to its maximum potential.
Among the functionality, positioning technology supports Google Maps on smartphones, as well as emergency management and farming.
NSW rolls out contactless technology for commuters23/01/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The future of transport in NSW is marked by contactless technology that integrates with credit card payments. This technology is currently being trialled by Transport for NSW in partnership with a solutions provider.
Transport has awarded a $10.2 million contract to Cubic Transportation Systems Australia to design, build and operate the contactless transport payment solution for the trial.
Treasurer to meet with world counterparts on fintech promotion23/01/2017 Hope William-Smith Government
As part of the government's agenda for fintech development and reform, Treasurer Scott Morrison is meeting with ministers, banking representatives and leaders across Western Europe to discuss innovation in the finance sector and issues surrounding housing affordability.
Morrison said the opportunity to meet with British and German officials as part of the G20 Summit would see discussion on the future of financial innovation and trade and investment issues, along with issues around social housing and housing policy.
NSW Premier Baird to resign19/01/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Premier for NSW, Mike Baird, has announced plans to resign under a move away from politics and open the field for fresh leadership.
In an official statement, released 19th January, Baird said it has been a tremendous honour to carry the reigns in NSW.
“But I have made clear from the beginning that I was in politics to make a difference, and then move on. After 10 years in public life, this moment for me has arrived.”
NSW offers free wi-fi for bus commuters17/01/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NSW State Transit Authority has unveiled plans to offer free wifi for up to 50 buses on designated routes. This service, currently being trialled, will support mobile phones on public transport.
If the trials are successful, up to 1000 buses across Sydney could be fitted with the wifi and supporting technology by year’s end.
Andrew Constance, minister for transport and infrastructure, said many people rely on being connected to their smartphone.
NSW launches environmental planning portal17/01/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NSW government will open up online access to planning data with the launch of a dedicated portal. This Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data (SEED) portal contains 70 sets of data from nine different NSW agencies.
The online data incorporates information about soil, air and water quality, mining activities and some vegetation. More data sets will be added in the next stage of the portal’s development.