Govt legislates privacy protections for COVIDSafe app19/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
According to Federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, the legislation more clearly defines the limited circumstances under which the COVIDSafe data can be collected, used, or disclosed.
The legislation also prescribes significant criminal and civil penalties for any misuse of data collected through the app.
“That includes jail terms of up to five years or a fine of $63,000 per offence,” Porter said.
Service NSW breach: agency launches investigation into staff email hacks18/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
In an official advisory, the state’s chief frontline service delivery agency said the attacks appeared to be the result of criminal activity rather than state-sponsored actors.
This was confirmed by Service NSW’s chief executive, Damon Rees, during a follow-up interview with Channel 9.
“The indications are it looks like it’s organised crime-related rather than [a] state-sponsored [actor],” Rees said.
“We were disappointed and upset this had happened.”
Fears of govt supplier collapse during Covid prompts procurement guideline release12/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
Fears have grown that suppliers to Commonwealth entities, under mounting financial pressures from sustained social distancing shutdowns, may struggle to fulfil their contractual obligations, the Department said in its recently released Covid-19 procurement guidance statement.
“The outbreak of Covid-19 is unprecedented,” it said, noting that global shutdowns have adversely affected companies big and small.
NSW ePlanning hub to get $10m refurb12/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The upgrade will deliver a significant expansion of the state planning department’s digital services offering, with backend enhancements to its analytics and reporting functions, as well as an array of frontend systems to enable online payments processing and digital document lodgements.
Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello said the upgrade will help prepare the Department for an expected surge in demand for ePlanning services, with the state’s 128 councils mandated to migrate to the new platform by July 2021.
ABS data release to aid post-Covid recovery06/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The data, available from May, offers a snapshot of Australia’s health, safety, and social trends, together with trading, retail data, and economic-labour market analyses.
Quantifying the impact of Covid-19 is critical to economic recovery, said Dr David Gruen, the Bureau’s chief statistician.
Movers & Shakers, Government Sector | April–May, 202005/05/2020 Anonymous Government
The Federal Government has appointed Neville Power to chair its National Covid-19 Coordination Commission (NCC). The Commission will advise the Prime Minister on non-health aspects of the pandemic response. Power is a former Fortescue chief executive and current Perth Airport Chairman.
Hot demand for digital professionals in public service: Aust Govt outlines upskilling pathway05/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
By 2024, another 100,000 technology workers will be needed to fulfil tech roles across the Australian Public Service (APS), according to official estimates.
Presently, 10,000 people work in digital and ICT roles within the public service, covering cybersecurity, programming, software engineering, digital media and data science, among a host of others.
Aus Govt introduces privacy law for COVIDSafe tracing app05/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Government will introduce its new Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Bill 2020 into Parliament next week, providing additional privacy and data protection safeguards for COVIDSafe users, according to Porter.
DFAT to update cybersec engagement strategy for Aussie trade partners04/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
In an official statement, DFAT said it will update the Government’s original International Cyber Engagement Strategy (ICES), released back in 2017, drawing on submissions from industry, non-government organisations, academia, and individuals in Australia and overseas.
Vic tribunal invests $5.2 million on ‘tele' upgrade to bypass Covid shutdowns29/04/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The upgrades, scheduled over the next 12 weeks, will include the sourcing of project management software, an inventory of new hardware, software programming and licensing, and the digitisation and scanning of paper files.
VCAT said the upgrades would enable wide-ranging matters to be heard digitally.
Audit Office flags database security flaws at Births, Deaths & Marriages28/04/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The concerns were highlighted in a report released earlier this month by the state auditor warning that the BD&M – an agency under the remit of the state’s Customer Service department – lacks sufficient controls to fully protect its LifeLink database.
LifeLink, launched in 2014, houses Registry data and provides a customer-facing search facility to access BD&M records. Agency staff are able to access, add to, and amend the Register through the LifeLink application.
OAIC sues Facebook over Australian privacy breaches28/04/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The OAIC's case has entered the next phase of litigation this month, with Commissioner Angela Falk’s office serving additional legal documents, via Australia’s Federal Court, to Facebook operations in the US and Ireland, where the company is registered, but not tax domiciled.
Aus Govt to force tech giants to pay media for digital news content22/04/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The mandatory code is currently being drafted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) under moves to redress the perceived dominance of digital news aggregators, including Facebook and Google, over news creators – a situation which, over the past decade, has seen critical revenue streams siphoned away from online news publishers.
Queensland Govt launches Covid-19 data tracking site22/04/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The website offers a detailed snapshot of active and recovered Covid-19 cases, together with analysis of case rates across hospitals and regions, sources of infection, and cases under investigation.
In an official statement, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the website provides communities better oversight of local case rates, with a visual display breaking down regional data by local government area.
Covid-19 cyber scams surge in March-April as threat actors rapidly adapt22/04/2020 Nanda Lakhwani Government
ACSC head, Abigail Bradshaw, said that malicious foreign cyber actors were adapting their techniques within days – sometimes even hours – of government announcements such as relief payments or public health advice.
Since 10 March, the ACSC has seen more than 95 reports (approximately two per day) of Australians losing money or personal information to coronavirus-related scams, while also receiving 115 cybercrime or security incident reports from individuals and businesses.