Sydney lands $35m start-up incubation hub14/07/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
The State will invest $35 million to build the “first of its kind” start-up hub, set to deliver 6,500 new jobs to NSW, according to a Government release.
The announcement comes one month after the Victorian Labor Government declared plans to establish a fintech hub in Melbourne port suburb of Docklands.
Industry leaders unimpressed by Govt’s e-services05/07/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
More than 1,500 Australian consumers and 130 digital opinion leaders were surveyed for the report, which drew insight from technology heads from the commercial and government sectors, according to EY.
The report revealed that nearly half (49 per cent) of digital opinion leaders disagreed with the statement ‘The Government is doing a good job in using technology to improve the services it provides’. Fewer than one in five thought leaders agreed with the statement.
VIC Govt inks exclusive deal with local eServices supplier28/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
Government departments and technology providers throughout Victoria will now use VendorPanel’s platform for government-based ICT services procurement, Gavin Jennings, Special Minister of State, announced.
The eServices Register is mandatory for all the inner budget departments and agencies covered by the Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB).
The Register processes the bidding for government work for suppliers helping the Government make informed purchasing decisions across a range of suppliers.
Aus Gov seeks public feedback on data agenda28/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
The request comes a month after the release of the Productivity Commission’s Data Availability and Use report, which urged the Government to improve individuals’ access to and control of their own data.
“Increasing availability of data can facilitate development of new products and services, enhance consumer and business outcomes, better inform decision making and policy development, and facilitate greater efficiency and innovation in the economy,” the report said.
$1B cash splash for NSW’s IT – Budget 2017-18 brief21/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
We review some of the key digital beneficiaries of the NSW Government’s $72.7 billion spending program.
Government Admin – iVote to be rebuilt
Hinting at a possible expansion of the state’s digital voting facilities, the NSW Electoral Commission will receive nearly $23 million over four years to enhance and secure their online systems, including “an end-to-end solution for the disclosure of political donations, expenditure and the lodgment of public funding claims.”
QLD Govt injects $40M to spur state’s digital transformation19/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
The funding boost is part of a broader scheme to digitise government services, as well as bolster the state’s digital security provisions for state records, according to Queensland's Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, Leeanne Enoch.
“Our challenge is to improve government service delivery against this backdrop of digital transformation, open up our data to provide the building blocks for the knowledge economy and make better use of government data to unlock Queensland’s full potential,” Enoch said.
Victorian Govt to build downtown fintech hub19/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
Set to be built in the Melbourne metro area of Docklands, the hub will create a congregation and collaboration point for investors, industry corporates, researchers, and budding fintechs, attracting investment to a fast-growing industry, according to a government release.
The hub will also provide “targeted mentoring services to help resident start-ups develop new business skills, connect with customers and bring new products and services to market,” the release said.
Govt announces $1.9M to address ‘critical cyber-security skills shortage’14/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
Allocated over four years, the money will be used to establish the Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE), an initiative headed by the University of Melbourne and WA’s Edith Cowan University, to provide research and training for Australia’s cyber security professionals.
According to Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, the ACCSE will fill the immediate skills gap and assist future job growth for the cyber security industries.
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.