Data61 seeks industry input on AI ethics framework15/04/2019 Anonymous Government
CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall, said the framework will prepare for the rapid influx of AI into Australia’s “homes, workplaces, and communities”, highlighting key ethical concerns in Australia arising from this as-yet-unregulated technology.
"The draft framework contextualises these age-old ethical considerations in the light of new technology, so everyone can have a say in inventing the future we need so our children can keep pace with emerging technologies like AI," Marshall said.
WA Health inks $23m systems upgrade deal with NEC15/04/2019 Anonymous Government
Part of WA Health’s $409 million HealthNext ICT infrastructure overhaul, this latest deal will see NEC deliver a Wide Area Networks (WAN) service spanning 500 regional health sites across the state.
HealthNext, led by the WA’s Health’s shared services centre Health Support Services (HSS), is part of the WA Government’s wider GovNext-ICT whole-of-government program tasked with accelerating the adoption of ‘as-a-service’ platforms and cloud infrastructure across state agencies.
Dept of Education appoints new tech chief12/04/2019 Anonymous Government
Girvan previously served as Acting Program Manager for Technology and Security at the Australian Bureau of Statistics for two years before his latest appointment as the education department’s tech head.
After a one-and-a-half year stint in the position, former Dept Ed CIO Mark Sawade left the role in January this year following his promotion to Group Manager of the department’s schools and youth division. Peter Rundell served as acting CIO until Girvan’s appointment.
South Australia to host Defence supercomputing centre12/04/2019 Anonymous Government
The Defence Science and Technology (DST) precinct in Edinburgh, South Australia – 25km north of the Adelaide CBD – is the chosen site for new supercomputing Centre. The precinct also boasts defence contractors Lockheed Martin Australia and BAE Systems on site.
The Budget’s big winners in tech05/04/2019 Anonymous Government
Australian Electoral Commission (AEC)
AEC will receive $10.8 million over two years to investigate new polling place technology and upgrades to the AEC’s "ageing core ICT infrastructure".
NSW Gov creates new Customer Service ministry led by Victor Dominello02/04/2019 Anonymous Government
Former Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, will head the new ministry, which will now take charge of the Government’s centralised digital service delivery strategy. The Government has also announced the abolition of the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI), with all staff to be transferred to the Customer Services department.
DHS boosts AI cred with ‘next level’ chatbot development01/04/2019 Anonymous Government
Dubbed PIPA – or the Platform Independent Personal Assistant – the DHS’s Augmented Intelligence (AI) Centre of Excellence, launched at the end of last year, was assigned to develop the bot.
While PIPA is expected to be embedded within several customer-facing government service platforms, its first known deployment will be on the DHS's own Centrelink Express Plus mobile app.
WA Gov delivers much-needed funding boost for digital transformation31/03/2019 Anonymous Government
The much welcome funding boost will give the ODG enough fuel to support its operations beyond the end of this financial year, something it would have struggled to fulfil on its existing budget – receiving just $7.4 million last year following an extended review of the Office's funding model.
The ODG is expected to use the funds to deliver on its an extensive reform program, including improvements to online service delivery, implementation of higher cybersecurity standards, revised data protection and sharing protocols, as well as further support for ICT procurement reforms.
WA Health inks ICT transformation deal with Atos20/03/2019 Anonymous Government
Atos said it will leverage GovNext-ICT infrastructure – WA’s whole-of-government, cloud-backed ICT transformation program – to deliver its digitisation program, transitioning WA Health’s largely centralised ICT infrastructure into a fully managed hybrid digital cloud service.
“A modern and contemporary cloud-based ICT system will enable us to respond better to innovation that will help improve patient care and reduce unnecessary duplication,” said Chief Information Officer at WA’s Health Support Services, Holger Kaufmann.
myGovID receives $67m funding boost19/03/2019 Anonymous Government
Announced as part of the Government’s forthcoming budget, the multi-million dollar funding allocation will support ongoing tests of the digital ID service, as well as supporting the remaining seven of eight pilot programs.
The $67m cash injection brings the total spend on the myGovID project to $190 million, following an additional $92 million allocation in last year’s budget.
Govt sets sights on a blockchain-ready future19/03/2019 Anonymous Government
The Government has offered a modest $100,000 to support the national blockchain strategy which it hopes will put the country “on the front foot in exploring how government and industry can enhance the long-term development" of the technology, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said.
Beyond regulation, the blockchain roadmap will focus on key policy and governance areas including skills and capacity building, innovation, investment, and international competitiveness and collaboration.
Data Commissioner releases five-point data sharing rules for gov agencies19/03/2019 Anonymous Government
The new guidelines will serve as an interim measure until the legislation of the government’s Data Sharing and Release Act, which is currently being drafted.
Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation Michael Keenan said the new digital governance code will deliver for public sector agencies “a more consistent and comprehensive approach to data sharing."
Fast relief: Centrelink delivers instant payments via NPP06/03/2019 Anonymous Government
After a successful six-month trial on the fast payments network, which included $2.2 million in emergency response funds processed during the Townsville floods, the welfare agency was able to slash payment transfer times from two days to just seconds.
Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation Michael Keenan acknowledged the stress faced by citizens in waiting for payments to process through the banks' existing clearing and settlement system.
ACSC puts out call to build whole-of-gov DNS shield06/03/2019 Patrick Buncsi Government
The protective DNS layer will block known and likely malicious domains, filtering multiple “threat feeds” through an analytics engine.
The service will also provide up-to-date reports to the ASCS and select external partners, with the overarching goal of “[uplifting] the whole of Australia (sic) security posture by reducing the volume of known and likely malicious intrusions,” tender documents state.
Dubbed WINTEROSE, the DNS project has been declared a “strategic priority” by The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), the ACSC’s parent agency.
Digital.nsw unveils new finance model for Digital Restart Fund06/03/2019 Anonymous Government
The Digital Restart Fund will adopt agile as a guiding philosophy for digital projects funding, shifting away from a predetermined funding mechanism (largely driven by finance) to a more iterative model based on the agile methodology – the widely embraced software development model which encourages incremental, evolutionary and continuous improvement to solutions.
“As many agile practitioners know, the biggest inhibitors to widespread digital adoption are the traditional funding and governance processes over projects,” digital.nsw said in a statement.