Governments vulnerable to cyber-attacks, warns report07/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Despite the mantra of cyber-awareness, cyber-security is not high on the list of priorities for government, a recent report by the Australian National University (ANU) has warned.
This report, Weakest links and the Threat to Medium-sized Enterprises, has noted that knowledge of cyber risks is still inadequate.
The report was prepared by the ANU’s Dr Tim Legrand, National Security College, together with the Macquarie Telecom Group.
Queensland partners with Amsterdam on smart city07/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
An Australian-first agreement has been finalised between Ipswich City Council and the Netherlands to fast-track smart city strategies.
This initiative enables the sharing of smart city strategies between Ipswich and five Dutch cities. These are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Eindhoven.
Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale and chair of a Global Smart Cities and Communities Coalition, Bram Reinders, signed off this agreement.
Productivity Commission canvasses data access for consumers07/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian Productivity Commission is calling on government and industry to give consumers more control over their personal information. This recommendation is outlined in a just-released “Data Availability and Use” report.
This report has canvassed a new data framework offering consumer better control over personal data. A major overhaul of data-sharing arrangements is sought across the public and public sectors.
Under its review, the commission is holding public hearings on 21 November in Melbourne and on 28 November in Sydney.
Regtech to solve compliance07/11/2016 Jassmyn Goh Government
The collaboration between regulation and technology, regtech, can help overcome the financial services sector's heavy reliance on the use of disclosure as a regulatory tool, Treasurer Scott Morrison believes.
In an address at the Fintech Australia Collab/Collide summit last week, Morrison said regtech could provide enhanced regulatory compliance by building it into an organisation's key business practices and operations.
"In the online and digitised world, de-risking and de-regulating an environment actually go hand-in-hand," he said.
South Australia spends $250 million on STEM training01/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
South Australia is fast-tracking STEM training with more than 100 schools receiving their share of $250 million to build technology, science and math skills.
This science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) funding underscores moves to modernise learning facilities across public and non-government schools.
Minister for education, Susan Close, said that STEM funding is a major investment in children’s future. For many schools, new hubs will complement their existing STEM-focused programs.
Commonwealth launches rebadged digital agency01/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government has formally established a new Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) to guide, oversee and drive the administration’s high-profile digital and ICT agendas. This follows approval by the Governor General of the agency’s establishment and remit.
Angus Taylor, assistant minister for digital transformation, said this agency will integrate digital delivery across government, while offering greater transparency involving ICT and digital projects, as well as transparency around procurement.
Governments tackle ‘revenge porn’ in the digital space01/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Turnbull Government has announced the development of a new online reporting tool enabling victims to report the non-consensual sharing of intimate images. This sharing of online and mobile images is commonly called revenge porn.
This reporting tool, to be available in the New Year, is supported by $4.8 million in funds. The funding goes towards developing a national online reporting channel.
The initiative underscores moves to tackle violence against women and children, and is supported by $100 million in funding.
Adelaide joins global giga-city hub24/10/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The South Australian government has teamed with the Washington-based Gig City Network to embrace high-speed, fast-access gigabit communications.
This alliance galvanises the City of Adelaide and the US Ignite initiative. The plan is to develop next-generation apps, while transforming Adelaide into gigabit communications hub.
The gig city model uses the power of pure fibre infrastructure to future-proof critical services. These include transport, energy or communications hubs.
South Australia embraces mobile apps to manage traffic24/10/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has launched an award-winning mobile that relays data about traffic bottlenecks in real-time.
More than 10,000 motorists have signed up to slash travel time, plan for unexpected delays, and use detours away from affected roads.
This Addinsight app uses real-time Bluetooth traffic data to generate verbal warnings through a vehicle’s hands-free phone network.
This technology is being trialled by five road authorities in Australia and New Zealand. Commercial agreements are expected in 2017.
Commonwealth fast-tracks investments in big data18/10/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Data-driven innovation is adding new value to the Australian economy. In government, the power of public data will deliver the best outcomes, according to Helen Owens, principle advisor, data policy, at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
ATO ups the ante on mobile apps for tax returns18/10/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The future of tax returns is marked by an expanded use of mobile apps – with the turnaround time now being slashed, according to the Australian Taxation Office’s CIO, Ramez Katf.
Katf was a speaker at the Annual FST Government Australia conference held on thw 22nd September in Canberra.
Future of government marked by the Internet-of-Everything12/10/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The internet of everything (IoT) will have a profound impact on our working and private lives – with a direct impact on government service delivering, according to Glenn Archer, a former GCIO, and industry analyst with Gartner.
Archer, a keynote speaker at the Annual FST Government Australia conference, held 22nd September in Canberra, said government and industry is experiencing the single biggest change that reaches beyond the birth of the web.
New Zealand leverages the ‘power of one’ for procurement12/10/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NZ Government is targeting savings of NZ $100 million over five years from its ICT rationalisation and a more astute use of its purchasing muscle.
This agenda is marked by leveraging the ‘power of one,’ as agencies band to negotiate better deals with solutions providers, according to Dave Jackman, the lead for all-of-government ICT, Department of Internal Affairs.
Jackman told delegates at the Annual FST Government Australia conference, held in Canberra 22nd September, that New Zealand’s ICT blueprint offers a single coherent system to support the public service.
Department of Defence spends $5 billion on ICT modernisation04/10/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
In a show of support for ICT modernisation, the Australian Department of Defence has added $5 billion to its coffers, while enabling this mega organisation to deliver change at all levels of business.
According to Mathew Smorhun, assistant secretary, ICT Strategy Realisation, defence’s ICT modernisation spending agenda runs over the next 10 years. The spending across platforms will top $20 billion, when fully up and running.
US reveals action plan for digital government04/10/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Digital government is about responding to fast-changing consumer trends, and adapting to the fickle world of fashion, according to the Washington-based US GCIO, Tony Scott.
Scott, the high-profile CIO for the Office of Management Budget, was a keynote speaker at the Annual FST Government Australia Conference held 22nd September in Canberra.
As the key technology and digital government advisor to President Barack Obama, Scott said that digitisation fundamentally changes everything, especially around frontline customer-facing services.