myGov upgrade to usher in ‘personalised’ citizen services16/03/2020 Anonymous Government
The upgrade, which will eventually see the complete replacement of the seven-year-old myGov platform, is expected to provide government services “across portfolios and jurisdictions”, the DTA said, offering a single view of users’ interactions with the Government.
Eventually, the DTA said the new platform should offer some level of personalisation and adaptability to citizens’ individual life circumstances.
Services Australia appoints new chief13/03/2020 Anonymous Government
The appointment comes just three months after the rebadging of the Department of Human Services (DHS) as Services Australia, resulting in the departure of Renée Leon as DHS secretary. Cattermole served as interim CEO over this time.
On announcing Skinner's appointment, Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert said she “will bring critical capability to the role of the CEO at an important time in the transformation journey of Services Australia".
ACSC warns of critical vulnerability in Microsoft OS13/03/2020 Anonymous Government
The “wormable” remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability, which effectively allows hackers to run code on exposed machines with system-level privileges, has the potential to cripple government systems.
Christened by cyber researchers as EternalDarkness, the flaw exposes a protocol called CVE-2020-0796, potentially giving attackers arbitrary code execution in both SMB Server and SMB Client.
QLD Crime Commission exposes systemic misuse of public data, urges creation of mandatory data breach notification scheme26/02/2020 Anonymous Government
Among the recommendations, the CCC has urged for the creation of a state-based mandatory notifiable data breaches (NDB) scheme to be overseen by the Queensland Office of the Information Commissioner.
The report comes after a six-month investigation by the CCC – dubbed Operation Impala – triggered by a spike in allegations relating to the misuse of confidential information within public agencies – from 713 allegations in 2015/16 to 1,060 in 2018/19, a 32 per cent jump in four years. The CCC also noted the possibility of “significant underreporting” of data misuse.
Penrith Council doubles down on cloud transformation25/02/2020 Anonymous Government
Following last year’s successful deployment of Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Customer Service, the council will now add Microsoft’s complementary Dynamics 365 Field Service management software – a dedicated platform to support field staff with mobile access to data and information systems.
The Council has also enlisted Velrada, a management consultant and Microsoft partner, to guide the design and development of the Dynamics environment.
DTA inks whole-of-gov sourcing agreement with Rimini Street25/02/2020 Anonymous Government
VSAs provide standard terms, pricing, and licensing conditions for a signed vendor’s products and services, effectively simplifying the purchase and reducing the cost of software (and software support services) for government agencies.
Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) chief executive Randall Brugeaud said the new agreement will simplify the engagement process between government agencies and Rimini Street as a whole-of-government provider.
Digital twin launch set to transform infrastructure planning in Western Sydney25/02/2020 Anonymous Government
The Data61-developed digital twin project presents 3D and 4D (“3D plus time”) visualisations of the Western Sydney area, with detailed representations of both built and natural environments, displaying buildings, strata plans, terrain, property boundaries, utilities including power, and water and sewer pipes.
Auckland dams to install IoT seismic monitoring tech12/02/2020 Anonymous Government
Viotel, a data services company which specialises in large-scale engineering projects, will provide earthquake ground motion monitoring solutions based on the company’s Smart Box Internet of Things (IoT) technology and backed by Amazon Web Services.
The Auckland region, like much of the country, is subject to frequent seismic shocks which can severly impact critical infrastructure. On average, the Auckland region experiences at least one perceptible earthquake tremor every three to five years.
Finance Dept announces whole-of-gov ERP initiative10/02/2020 Anonymous Government
Dubbed GovERP, the initiative will be developed in partnership with the government’s Shared Services Provider Hubs, and will comprise “the design, development and trial of a common whole-of-government platform [to] deliver a range of standardised corporate and financial services,” an announcement on AusTender states.
The ERP would effectively consolidate HR and financial data from across federal public service.
The first tranche of the initiative will prototype a foundation ERP platform for trialling across the Provider Hubs that already operate an SAP-based ERP.
Gov CIOs struggling with digital disruption10/02/2020 Anonymous Government
Government IT leaders also reported greater levels of organisational disruption and funding shortfalls than their private sector counterparts, the Gartner survey revealed.
Fifty-eight per cent of surveyed CIOs said they had experienced organisational disruption over the past four years, with a little over half (52 per cent) saying they had also faced a funding shortfall over this timeframe that could soften the blow of disruption – a higher rating than any other sector.
Launceston deploys $6.8m smart traffic system30/01/2020 Anonymous Government
The new system, which live streams traffic in real-time, monitors traffic flow and synchronises traffic signals to meet changing road use demands across the day.
It is hoped the new synchronisation system will go some way to reducing the impact of traffic flowing in from West Tamar and into Launceston, a major corridor of the region and a main thoroughfare for tourists arriving from the mainland.
Tasmania gets its own cybersecurity innovation node30/01/2020 Anonymous Government
Part of AustCyber’s national network of cybersecurity Innovation Nodes, with each Node set to task to work on "particular strengths" identified within local ecosystems, the Launceston-based hub will be assigned to drive a national strategy across smart cities, Internet of Things (IoT), and marine technology sectors.
These will be in addition to the Nodes’ nation-wide remit to foster and accelerate cyber capability development and innovation and nurture the next generation of cyber professionals.
Defence tech chief lands public service gong29/01/2020 Anonymous Government
The DST, the Australian Defence department’s primary research arm, acknowledged Dr Lambert as a “world-leading scientist in high-level information fusion”.
Dr Lambert has been instrumental in the formulation of the Cyber Influence and Data Analytics program, part of agency’s Cyber 2020 Vision strategy – a push to strengthen Australia’s cyber capabilities and to forge relationships between cyber and other defence capabilities.
Digital identity overhaul: DTA seeks public consultation on fourth TDIF release11/12/2019 Anonymous Government
The fourth release of the TDIF sees “a complete overhaul" of the Framework's documents and structure, DTA said in a statement. Off the back of feedback from its third release in April this year, the Agency said it had sought to simplify the accreditation process for TDIF 4.0, reducing the number of requirements from approximately 700 to less than 400.
The latest version also introduces two new Identity Proofing Levels, IP 1 PLUS and IP 2 PLUS, to support commercial entities in identity proofing, as well as a complete rewrite of the Fraud Control Requirements.
SA, WA first to land Government’s space infrastructure grant11/12/2019 Anonymous Government
The $19.5 million SIF, announced as part of the Government’s 2019-2020 Budget, will kick start Australia’s burgeoning aerospace industries, offering eligible businesses and researchers funding to pursue and develop seven core activities proposed under the Fund.