NSW opens up geospatial data for renewable energy29/07/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NSW government is weighing in behind renewable energy, while galvanising investors and project leads for clean energy. This latest initiative sees an expanded use of geospatial data, together a map that tracks core projects across the state.
The administration has just launched the state’s first Renewable Energy Map, together with a GreenPower Connect project that links up industry, government and investment stakeholders.
NBN bridges digital divide for regional Australia26/07/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The National Broadband Network is launching a second satellite in space under moves to fast-track high-speed, fast-access services for regional Australia.
A second Sky Muster satellite is due for launch on 5th October from the French Guiana Space Centre in South America. This satellite will orbit 36,000km above earth, while strengthening the communications capacity for the outback.
The NBN’s two satellites offer a combined capacity of 135 gigabits per second. These deliver expanded services to more than 400,000 homes and businesses across regional and remote Australia.
Commonwealth builds cyber-security capability26/07/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Federal MP, Dan Teham, takes up the reigns as Australia’s first cyber-security advisor to PM, Malcolm Turnbull. This appointment builds on the Commonwealth’s cyber-security capabilities.
Teham, also re-appointed Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, is assisting the PM on cyber-security policy. This role fast-tracks the Commonwealth’s high-profile cyber-defence agenda cyber security reforms that were released in April.
Appointing an advisor on cyber-security is one recommendation of a comprehensive cyber-security review. This move streamlines governance involving cyber-reforms.
ATO supports tax returns with mobile apps26/07/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian Taxation Office’s e-tax tax return system is being replaced with a simpler, internet-based myTax service. This offering supports returns using smart phones and mobile apps.
More than 25 million returns were filed using the e-tax since its launch in 1999, according to the ATO’s assistant commissioner Graham Whyte.
He said this service had become “quite old” and could only be downloaded as software onto a PC. The ATO is phasing out e-tax with myTax, offering a more personlised interface.
ATO creates high alert for on-line tax scams18/07/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Facing a flurry of tax returns during July-August, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is alerting citizens to be on the look-out for online scams, unusual emails, phone calls or other suspicious activity.
The ATO’s Assistant Commissioner, Graham Whyte, has warned that scammers are especially active during tax time. This stems from the larger number of people lodging their tax returns during a busy period.
Australia expands ICT exports to Singapore18/07/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Under moves to expand the foothold in regional markets, the Australian government has announced a new strategic alliance partnership with Singapore. This alliance, unveiled by PM Malcolm Turnbull, builds the trading partners innovation, science and technology export capabilities.
PM Malcolm Turnbull said the latest alliance will boost collaboration, while further cementing the countries long-established defence and trade links.
Australia’s National Innovation and Science Agenda is further enhanced through collaboration between key government agencies, noted Turnbull.
Victoria ramps up wi-fi capability for tech-savvy citizens11/07/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Bendigo is the latest city to benefit from the Victorian government’s free wi-fi service offerings. Latest figures show that more than 8, 000 locals and visitors tapped into this service, more recently in Bendigo.
NSW makes full-scale migration to Opal ticketing04/07/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NSW government is fast-tracking the uptake of its high-profile fully-integrated Opal electronic ticketing system. From 1st August, paper tickets will not be sold or accepted.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance says customers are embracing Opal more readily. So far, nearly 2 million customers are taking 13 million journeys a week.
La Trobe University gears up for high-performance computing30/06/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
La Trobe University is weighing in behind high-performance computing under an alliance that galvanises an 11-member consortium across key states. This alliance leverages high-performance computing (HPC) work that is being pioneered at the eResearch consortium, Intersect Australia.
Peter Nikoletatos, La Trobe’s chief information officer and executive director, said Intersect Australia is a pivotal part of Australia’s research infrastructure.
NSW Family and Community Services tracks childrens' stories online21/06/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NSW Family and Community Services is upgrading its online ChildStory program to share real-time information between carers, families, and others in the network. This project builds on a $100 million ChildStory initiative. This program is enabling caseworkers to spend more time in the field, with access to mobile apps, and on-line case tracking features.
NSW spends $15 million to improve mobile phone coverage21/06/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NSW government is spending $15 million to improve mobile phone coverage across cities, towns and regional areas. This funding is one key focus of the state’s 2016-17 budget for round 2 of the program.
Minister for Regional Development and Small Business John Barilaro said NSW has already committed $24 million to round 1 of this program. This helps fix 795 mobile phone black spots, and delivers 144 new or upgraded mobile base stations. This coverage spans more than 14,000 square kilometres.
NSW earmarks $241 million to streamline ICT shared services21/06/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NSW government has moved to streamline shared and ICT services under an ambitious $241 million funding package unveiled by the Minister for Innovation and Regulation, Victor Dominello. This funding supports shared corporate and ICT services to a number of government agencies. These include procurement, ICT, human resources, finance, as well as business services. Private providers are being targeted to obtain higher service quality at lower cost.
NSW launches digital licenses for motorists14/06/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
NSW’s Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet, has announced a new digital service, enabling motorists to gain license renewals online. This is without having to visit a Service NSW centre, in person. Eligible customers can renew their licence online for up to 5 years using their existing photo. This can be done by logging on to the Service NSW website or using mobile apps.
Commonwealth appoints Australia’s first cyber-security adviser03/06/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Alastair MacGibbon, a former e-safety commissioner and security expert, has taken up a new role as Australia “first Special Adviser on cyber-security” at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. In this capacity, he advises the PM Malcolm Turnbull on cyber-defence strategies. This also involves closer collaboration with the private sector, non-governmental organisations, the research community and international partners.
Turnbull announces $15 million funding for start-ups01/06/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ramped up support for startups under a $15 million funding package unveiled during the lead-up to the 2nd July election. This funding is part of the Coalition’s $1.5 billion National Innovation and Science agenda that seeks to foster innovation across government, industry and higher education.