Aus Gov seeks public feedback on data agenda28/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
The request comes a month after the release of the Productivity Commission’s Data Availability and Use report, which urged the Government to improve individuals’ access to and control of their own data.
“Increasing availability of data can facilitate development of new products and services, enhance consumer and business outcomes, better inform decision making and policy development, and facilitate greater efficiency and innovation in the economy,” the report said.
$1B cash splash for NSW’s IT – Budget 2017-18 brief21/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
We review some of the key digital beneficiaries of the NSW Government’s $72.7 billion spending program.
Government Admin – iVote to be rebuilt
Hinting at a possible expansion of the state’s digital voting facilities, the NSW Electoral Commission will receive nearly $23 million over four years to enhance and secure their online systems, including “an end-to-end solution for the disclosure of political donations, expenditure and the lodgment of public funding claims.”
QLD Govt injects $40M to spur state’s digital transformation19/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
The funding boost is part of a broader scheme to digitise government services, as well as bolster the state’s digital security provisions for state records, according to Queensland's Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, Leeanne Enoch.
“Our challenge is to improve government service delivery against this backdrop of digital transformation, open up our data to provide the building blocks for the knowledge economy and make better use of government data to unlock Queensland’s full potential,” Enoch said.
Victorian Govt to build downtown fintech hub19/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
Set to be built in the Melbourne metro area of Docklands, the hub will create a congregation and collaboration point for investors, industry corporates, researchers, and budding fintechs, attracting investment to a fast-growing industry, according to a government release.
The hub will also provide “targeted mentoring services to help resident start-ups develop new business skills, connect with customers and bring new products and services to market,” the release said.
Govt announces $1.9M to address ‘critical cyber-security skills shortage’14/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
Allocated over four years, the money will be used to establish the Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE), an initiative headed by the University of Melbourne and WA’s Edith Cowan University, to provide research and training for Australia’s cyber security professionals.
According to Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, the ACCSE will fill the immediate skills gap and assist future job growth for the cyber security industries.
Australia’s connectivity lags behind NZ, Thailand08/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
Despite the ongoing rollout of the national broadband network, which spurred a 26 per cent boost in average speeds since last year’s survey (from 8.8Mbps in 2016 to 11.1Mbps today), Australia has dropped two places in the global average speed rankings – from 48th to 50th place.
The survey ranked Thailand and New Zealand sixth and eighth place respectively within the Asia-Pacific region, besting Australia eighth place.
Australian firms triumph at US blockchain hackathon05/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
The Australian team – consisting of members from NSW-based technology firms Block8, AgriDigital and Veredictum – was judged to have the “highest potential for commercialisation”, according to the adjudicating panel.
The Consensus hackathon, held last May, required teams to develop an application, utilising blockchain technology, to solve safety concerns in a future dominated by autonomous vehicles.
SA Govt announces $4.38 million Global Security Centre31/05/2017 Anonymous Government
The Centre will create an estimated 50 highly-skilled jobs and form part of NEC’s global cybersecurity network, accompanying similar security-focused facilities based in Japan, Brazil, Singapore, USA and Austria.
SA’s Investment and Trade Minister, Martin Hamilton-Smith, said NEC’s investment will complement the Government’s suite of Smart City initiatives for Adelaide, helping “South Australia achieve global prominence” in the field of cyber security.
Commonwealth to invest $130.8 million in analytics31/05/2017 Anonymous Government
The program, referred to as the Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA), will seek to deliver improved, evidence-based programs and policy based on Commonwealth data stores.
According to a Government release, the DIPA “will maximise [the] use of the Government’s vast data assets, allowing cost-effective and timely insights into data that is already available.”
DXC Technology gets $1.4 for Tassie jobs24/05/2017 Hope William-Smith Government
Following on from the 2015 relocation of DXC Technology from Sydney to Tasmania, the firm is receiving $1.36 million as an Industry Assistance Package from the Tasmanian Development Board to assist with attracting job-skilled candidates for full time roles.
Tasmanian treasurer, Peter Gutwein said over 50 new jobs were expected for creation which would significantly boost the company’s national profile.
NZ tech industry calls for ‘Ministry for the Future’24/05/2017 Hope William-Smith Government
New Zealand’s major technology organisations are calling for the creation of a Ministry for the Future focused on positioning New Zealand and its government agencies and society to take best advantage of a technologically-enabled future.
A digital copy of the tech giants’ report has been sent to members of the New Zealand parliament, where NZTech chief executive, Graeme Muller said it would face evaluation.
“As we approach the 2017 election, we strongly encourage all political parties to embrace this manifesto and commit to bringing life to its recommendations,” he said.
Commonwealth spends $75 billion on ‘game-changing’ infrastructure16/05/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
More than $75 billion has been earmarked by the federal government on infrastructure spending programs – with ‘game-changing’ projects being rolled off the aisles.
The commonwealth’s minister for infrastructure and transport, Darren Chester, flagged the 2017-2018 allocations as being one of the most ambitious infrastructure spending programs to date.
Privacy concerns on the rise, warns new report16/05/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
Australians are concerned about online privacy, but still not using options already available to protect themselves, warns a national survey released by the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner.
The 2017 Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey, released during Privacy Awareness Week (15th – 19th May) revealed that 69 per cent of respondents felt more concerned about their online privacy than they did five years ago.
Commonwealth earmarks $10.6 million on Cybersecurity12/05/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government has bulked up spending for cyber-security – with a four-year program being managed by a new advisory body at the Digital Transformation Agency.
This funding is designed to deliver more reliable and robust digital services, while building a cyber-security culture and practice. This investment would build on the $230 million the government had already committed through Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy.
WA spends $2.3 billion to modernise infrastructure09/05/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Turnbull and McGowan governments have reached an agreement to spend $2.3 billion on transport, road and rail infrastructure for Western Australia. This spending program, being finalised under the May 2017 federal budget, is intended to boost the WA economy, with 6,000 jobs expected to be created as a result of 17 new projects.
Among the upgrades, the infrastructure funding would modernise core transport infrastructure, as well as bridges, collector roads, and highways. Funding is also earmarked to upgrade facilities at the Fiona Stanley Hospital.