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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 23 June 2020
The ACT Government’s Community Services Directorate (CSD), which assumes a broad remit of client services for the Territory’s human services functions, lacks adequate protections for data used across its front-line services, warns ACT Auditor-General Michael Harris. The concerns were highlighted...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 23 June 2020
The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has warned state agencies to tackle procurement fraud against a backdrop of overcharging, poorly defined supplier relationships, and unmonitored contracts. An investigation by ICAC, which culminated in the Commission’s recently released Supplier Due Diligence:...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 17 June 2020
New Zealand’s Ministry of Education will invest $28 million to upgrade primary and secondary schools to Wi-Fi 6 capability, deploying up to 38,000 new Wi-Fi access points and 12,000 multi-gigabit switches.   The project is being rolled out under the...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 17 June 2020
Queensland-based irrigators have been given exclusive access to sensor and analytics data for water management following a partnership announced by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Queensland-based agtech company Goanna Ag.   The partnership will provide irrigators access...
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  • FST Media
  • 10 June 2020
Social Services Minister calls for IT funding model reform, Reserve Bank to develop ‘data bunker’, and the national broadcaster ABC seeks wireless upgrade. Tracking the week that was in tech and digital innovation across Australia and New Zealand’s government sector. Australia...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 8 June 2020
The Australian Government has moved to strengthen the agriculture sector’s biosecurity provisions, assessing a raft of new technology propositions designed to help prevent the spread of biological pests and diseases. The projects, funded under the Government’s $25.2 million Biosecurity Innovation...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 8 June 2020
A newly released cybersecurity review of the Federal Government’s largest agencies reveals that only one has so far applied the Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) ‘Essential Eight’ criteria to their financial management and HR systems. The security gaps were highlighted in...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 8 June 2020
The Department of Home Affairs has gone live with its $44 million fingerprint and facial recognition system, with the initial rollout already commenced across Australia’s airports.  The Enterprise Biometric Identification Services (EBIS) project, being deployed within immigration gates across Australia’s...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 3 June 2020
The Defence Science Institute (DSI) is seeking nationwide expertise to supercharge artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and analytics capability across the public sector and industry, presenting a set of “challenges” for experts to tackle.   Expertise is being sought from...
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  • FST Media
  • 3 June 2020
The Federal Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has taken its regional online portal idea to market, seeking outside expertise to design, develop, and manage a new tech information Hub for regional communities. The all-encompassing Digital Technology...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 3 June 2020
The NSW Police Force lacked strategic direction in managing its six-year, $100 million ICT upgrade, with the program receiving mixed marks in a performance review by the NSW Audit Office. In a just-released audit report, the Office revealed that, in hindsight,...
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  • FST Media
  • 3 June 2020
Federal agencies under fire for lacklustre cybersecurity controls and algorithm bungle forces Government to refund $721m to welfare recipients. Tracking the week that was in tech and digital innovation across Australia and New Zealand’s government sector. Australia NSW Police has received a mixed...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 2 June 2020
The Australian Government is set to issue $721 million in refunds to welfare recipients caught up in its abortive data-matching and automated debt recovery scheme, widely – and derisively – known as ‘Robodebt’. Under the cloud of a class action...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 28 May 2020
Cyber-attacks against the government and technology sectors have escalated as international threat actors exploit Covid-19 lockdowns and organisations’ increasing reliance on virtual communication and remote access technologies, a new report reveals. These attacks were highlighted in a new Threat Intelligence report by...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 28 May 2020
Australia’s critical infrastructure has been outed as a key target for hackers during the Covid-19 pandemic, with essential services, including water, power and communications grids, potentially exposed to malicious cyber adversaries, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has warned in...
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