Fewer "cops on the beat” monitor corporate wrong-doing, warns new report06/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Australia’s front-line industry regulators and watchdogs may be losing their muscle, as “corporate malfeasance” runs amok in the corporate world, warns a report by the The Australia Institute. This report, Corporate malfeasance in Australia says that there is no consolidated database that offers a comprehensive overview of corporate wrong-doing.
Minister Skinner launches 10-year e-health strategy04/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Health Minister Jillian Skinner has launched a 10-year eHealth strategy to deliver smart, safe, sustainable and digitally-enabled care to patients. She launched the ambitious eHealth Strategy for NSW Health 2016-2026 in Sydney this week. The administration has allocated more than $400 million during its first term to support advances in technology and streamlined healthcare.
Federal budget endorses ideas boom and ICT innovation04/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Victoria joins the ranks of digital government28/04/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Victoria is embracing the mantra of digital government under an $81 million funding package that builds Service Victoria, and streamlines hundreds of confusing online channels and contact centres. This latest funding, announced by Premier Daniel Andrews, mirrors Service NSW and is part of the state’s policy reforms to improve frontline services.
NSW spends $63 million to modernise critical comms network26/04/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet, has unveiled a $63 million investment package to enhance critical communications infrastructure servicing emergency, law enforcement and essential services agencies. This investment fund is slated for 2016-2017. This allocation foreshadows the design of a single, state-wide radio network. When fully operational, this network will integrate and enhance more than 70 separate government agency networks.
Australia join Paris Agreement to tackle climate change26/04/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government has moved to combat climate change under a Paris Agreement that was signed off in New York this week. This agreement sees Australia ramping up its investments in clean energy sources, and tackling concerns that the country’s C02 footprint is one of the highest for an industrialised economy. The impact of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef also comes under the spotlight.
UNSW demystifies the science of quantum computing22/04/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The University of NSW has joined the race to build one of the world’s first super-powerful quantum computers. This work is being carried out under a $26 million grant provided by the Australian government and industry partners.
The quantum computing work is being done at the university’s Sydney Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology. Together with Australian goverrnment funding, work at the centre is supported by $10 million each from Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Commonwealth earmarks $230 million for cyber-defence21/04/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has unvelied a $230 million funding package to build Australia’s cyber-defence capabilities in the lead-up to the 2nd July elections. This funding is designed to ensure that cyber-space does not become a “lawless domain,” while protecting Australia's national interests in cyber-space and for internet and mobile communications.
Transport for NSW fast-tracks next-gen infrastructure19/04/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Transport for NSW has signed a major contract to transform its back-of-house IT systems under moves to modernise its massive transport infrastructure. The department's secretary, Tim Reardon, said this IT upgrade lays the foundation for a more collaborative, efficient and agile workforce.
Australia spends $5.95 million on R&D with China18/04/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government is building its alliances with China under an ambitious $5.95 million funding package that fast-tracks innovation, research and commercialisation with leading educational institutions.
Australia-China commercialise technologies under new agreement15/04/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government is partnering with China to build six new research hubs that leverage the countries technology and industry innovation capabilities. These new centres were announced by PM Malcolm Turnbull during his visit to China.
Among the initiatives, six new joint research centres are being set up to build collaboration between government, industry and educational stakeholders.
Digital Transformation Office teams with UK to share technology know-how14/04/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian Digital Transformation Office (DTO) has finalised a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the UK’s Digital Government Service under moves to fast-track digital services across all levels of government.This MOU runs for five years and is being reviewed annually by both organisations. This agreement helps the signatories strengthen collaboration in the digital space.
South Australia joins Uber ranks14/04/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
South Australia is the latest state to join the Uber ranks under a raft of transport reforms announced by Premier, Jay Weatherill. From 1st July, commuters can tap into ride-sharing services using mobile apps. Entrants joining the ranks will include Ingogo, GoCatch, UberX and Oiii.
Top industry chiefs join NSW Data Analytics Board12/04/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
In a show of support for NSW’s Data Analytics Centre (DAC), the government has announced a new advisory board that will provide strategic advice around big data and analytics. The centre, headed by chief executive officer, Dr Ian Oppermann, can draw on a board of influential advisers just announced by the Minister for Innovation and Regulation Victor Dominello.
FST Government spotlights outlook for digital services at May conference08/04/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Victor Dominello, is delivering a keynote address at the FST Government NSW conference being held Wednesday 18th May in Sydney. He offers fresh insights into the state’s Digital + 2016 strategy and outlook for NSW. This presentation examines core technologies that are driving the future of digital government, together with the investment outlook for digital technologies.