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  • FST Media
  • 1 October 2020
Federal Government commits $800 million to post-Covid digital business recovery plan; WA unveils inaugural Cyber Security Centre; and QLD Auditor-General flags “significant issues” with health department’s new finance and supply chain management system. The Federal Government has committed $800 million...
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  • FST Media
  • 25 September 2020
When confronted with the future unknowns of a socially transformative technology, it’s human nature to muse on the worst-case what ifs.  For the doomsayers among us, automation is a technology that often invites apocalyptic visions of mass robot armies replacing...
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  • Megan Andrew
  • 24 September 2020
For the Queensland Government to “remain relevant” and citizen-focused into the 21st century, Chris Fechner, the Sunshine State’s first chief customer and digital officer, has called for the creation of a “digital roadmap” to clearly define state agencies’ digital priorities...
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  • FST Media
  • 23 September 2020
Federal Government unveils $4.5 billion nbn investment to boost network speeds, but backtracks on proposed last-mile fibre upgrade; security flaw uncovered in myGovID; and NZ releases new privacy guidance for agencies in lead up to new Privacy Act. The Federal...
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  • Megan Andrew
  • 17 September 2020
Technology has been instrumental for the public sector as it adjusts to life in the Covid-19 era. The pandemic has proved a catalyst for change and greater resilience within public agencies, forcing organisations to grow, adapt, and extend their citizen...
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  • FST Media
  • 17 September 2020
Review concludes hackers made off with more than 700 gigabytes of Service NSW data; Fed Govt announces a public consultation into Data Availability and Transparency Bill; and ASD’s security remit extended to support newly classified ‘critical infrastructure’.  Tracking the week...
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  • Megan Andrew
  • 16 September 2020
NSW businesses have been encouraged to make use of new patron ‘check-in’ service embedded within the Service NSW app, giving state health authorities a valuable new data source for coronavirus contact tracing. User data, including names, contact details as well...
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  • FST Media
  • 2 September 2020
National auditor uncovers potential instance of fraud within DTA; NSW license data exposed on cloud storage; and Victoria’s Health and Human services agency to establish new CISO role. Tracking the week that was in digital innovations and developments across Australia...
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  • Megan Andrew
  • 2 September 2020
Despite worldwide renown as a centre of bushfire research and digital innovation, NSW appears to be failing to effectively apply its data wellspring to dampen the bushfire threat, with a recent inquiry finding a lack of consolidation of data resources...
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  • FST Media
  • 1 September 2020
August saw a number of noteworthy appointments and departures across Australia’s public sector, with key additions to Services Australia and the DHA, as well as a major recruitment drive at Cyber Security NSW. Cyber Security NSW’s team is set to...
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  • Megan Andrew
  • 26 August 2020
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has launched a new grants program for smaller-scale cyber innovators, inviting small businesses to develop “game-changing” capabilities and “visionary projects” to combat cyber threats targeting Defence. Eligible business will have access to a $6 million...
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  • FST Media
  • 24 August 2020
The Federal Court hands out massive fine to online health ‘marketplace’ for illicit data sharing; ACSC warns of spike in phone and remote access scams during lockdown, with scammers appearing to impersonate government officials. Tracking the week that was in...
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  • Megan Andrew
  • 24 August 2020
A new survey has found that nearly half of all Australians are willing to use mobile facial recognition apps to access a range of online government services – this, despite a significant proportion still reluctant to share their personal data...
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  • Megan Andrew
  • 21 August 2020
The Department of Home Affairs is canvassing industry feedback into proposed reforms that could give the Federal Government powers to directly intervene to protect “critical infrastructure” – potentially including banks, communications infrastructure and food providers – from cyber threats. Under...
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  • FST Media
  • 17 August 2020
NSW’s upper house launches parliamentary inquiry into the Government’s data handling and cyber readiness; recently formed NZ ministry seeks brand new enterprise data and analytics platform. Tracking the week that was in digital innovations and developments across Australia and New...
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