Australia’s connectivity lags behind NZ, Thailand08/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
Despite the ongoing rollout of the national broadband network, which spurred a 26 per cent boost in average speeds since last year’s survey (from 8.8Mbps in 2016 to 11.1Mbps today), Australia has dropped two places in the global average speed rankings – from 48th to 50th place.
The survey ranked Thailand and New Zealand sixth and eighth place respectively within the Asia-Pacific region, besting Australia eighth place.
Australian firms triumph at US blockchain hackathon05/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
The Australian team – consisting of members from NSW-based technology firms Block8, AgriDigital and Veredictum – was judged to have the “highest potential for commercialisation”, according to the adjudicating panel.
The Consensus hackathon, held last May, required teams to develop an application, utilising blockchain technology, to solve safety concerns in a future dominated by autonomous vehicles.
SA Govt announces $4.38 million Global Security Centre31/05/2017 Anonymous Government
The Centre will create an estimated 50 highly-skilled jobs and form part of NEC’s global cybersecurity network, accompanying similar security-focused facilities based in Japan, Brazil, Singapore, USA and Austria.
SA’s Investment and Trade Minister, Martin Hamilton-Smith, said NEC’s investment will complement the Government’s suite of Smart City initiatives for Adelaide, helping “South Australia achieve global prominence” in the field of cyber security.
Commonwealth to invest $130.8 million in analytics31/05/2017 Anonymous Government
The program, referred to as the Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA), will seek to deliver improved, evidence-based programs and policy based on Commonwealth data stores.
According to a Government release, the DIPA “will maximise [the] use of the Government’s vast data assets, allowing cost-effective and timely insights into data that is already available.”
DXC Technology gets $1.4 for Tassie jobs24/05/2017 Hope William-Smith Government
Following on from the 2015 relocation of DXC Technology from Sydney to Tasmania, the firm is receiving $1.36 million as an Industry Assistance Package from the Tasmanian Development Board to assist with attracting job-skilled candidates for full time roles.
Tasmanian treasurer, Peter Gutwein said over 50 new jobs were expected for creation which would significantly boost the company’s national profile.
NZ tech industry calls for ‘Ministry for the Future’24/05/2017 Hope William-Smith Government
New Zealand’s major technology organisations are calling for the creation of a Ministry for the Future focused on positioning New Zealand and its government agencies and society to take best advantage of a technologically-enabled future.
A digital copy of the tech giants’ report has been sent to members of the New Zealand parliament, where NZTech chief executive, Graeme Muller said it would face evaluation.
“As we approach the 2017 election, we strongly encourage all political parties to embrace this manifesto and commit to bringing life to its recommendations,” he said.
Commonwealth spends $75 billion on ‘game-changing’ infrastructure16/05/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
More than $75 billion has been earmarked by the federal government on infrastructure spending programs – with ‘game-changing’ projects being rolled off the aisles.
The commonwealth’s minister for infrastructure and transport, Darren Chester, flagged the 2017-2018 allocations as being one of the most ambitious infrastructure spending programs to date.
Privacy concerns on the rise, warns new report16/05/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
Australians are concerned about online privacy, but still not using options already available to protect themselves, warns a national survey released by the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner.
The 2017 Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey, released during Privacy Awareness Week (15th – 19th May) revealed that 69 per cent of respondents felt more concerned about their online privacy than they did five years ago.
Commonwealth earmarks $10.6 million on Cybersecurity12/05/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government has bulked up spending for cyber-security – with a four-year program being managed by a new advisory body at the Digital Transformation Agency.
This funding is designed to deliver more reliable and robust digital services, while building a cyber-security culture and practice. This investment would build on the $230 million the government had already committed through Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy.
WA spends $2.3 billion to modernise infrastructure09/05/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Turnbull and McGowan governments have reached an agreement to spend $2.3 billion on transport, road and rail infrastructure for Western Australia. This spending program, being finalised under the May 2017 federal budget, is intended to boost the WA economy, with 6,000 jobs expected to be created as a result of 17 new projects.
Among the upgrades, the infrastructure funding would modernise core transport infrastructure, as well as bridges, collector roads, and highways. Funding is also earmarked to upgrade facilities at the Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Australia leads the pack with open government data09/05/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
An annual benchmarking of open data access initiatives has placed the Australian government as leading the pack in the international arena, together with the sharing information with constituents and the industry.
The Global Open Data Index (GODI), published by The Open Knowledge Institute, is an annual global benchmark that ranked how well nations publish open government data against 14 categories. In this ranking, Australia finished equal top alongside Taiwan on the index that had assessed 94 countries.
AUSTRAC launches financial crime red flags guide for financial planners02/05/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
AUSTRAC has launched on online financial crime tracking tool that will enable financial planners to track the red flags around money laundering and financing for terrorism.
This online tracking tool, built around detailed poster, features the red flags to recognise and act on when tracking potential criminal activity.
AUSTRAC CEO, Paul Jevtovic, said financial planners were well-placed to detect possible criminal activity by customers. They were required to report suspicious matters to AUSTRAC under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006.
Cyber-risk an every-day reality, warns ASX report02/05/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
Cyber-security remains a top boardroom challenge for organisations – with proactive planning and risk management being catapulted to the top of the boardroom agenda.
A recent “ASX 100 Cyber Health Check” report has confirmed that the industry and government are taking action to strengthen the resilience to cyber-attacks.
A broader alliance of industry, government and regulators highlighted the critical importance of strong national cyber-security planning. This planning was reinforced by the The “ASX 100 Cyber Health Check.”
Commonwealth reinforces support for STEM24/04/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
Australian government minister for industry, innovation and science, Arthur Sinodinos, has reaffirmed a commitment to building the local science and technology sectors, against a backdrop of visa restrictions involving overseas workers.
Sinodinos noted that Australia continued to face a skills gap involving technical specialist roles. “Through the development of a strong STEM sector locally we can ensure our economy has the workers it needs for the future.”
New cyber-security node launch for Canberra24/04/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government has moved to strengthen its cyber-security capability – with a new hub being launched in Canberra on 1st July. This launch coincides with the release a “Cyber Security Centre Competiveness Plan” to build local capability across domestic and international markets.