NZ confirms new Deputy Chief Digital Officer11/12/2019 Anonymous Government
Cavanagh has served as acting deputy of NZ’s chief digital transformation arm since October this year; she will now become deputy head of the to-be-renamed Digital Public Service.
The deputy role directly supports the DIA's chief digital officer – currently held by Paul James – in the delivery of the NZ Government’s digital strategy, as well as taking charge of IT assurance and capability across government.
“This work sets the direction to develop a modern public service which will meet the needs of New Zealanders in a changing world,” the DIA said in a statement.
Kelsey resigns as ADHA chief10/12/2019 Anonymous Government
Appointed chief executive in August 2016, Kelsey was instrumental in bringing the nation-wide My Health Record scheme to life last year.
Among the first large-scale implementations of its kind in the world, the ADHA was set the mammoth task of digitising Australia’s byzantine health records keeping system, giving both citizens and health practitioners access to an online repository of patient health information – the My Health Record database.
NSW to use mobile tech to track rough sleeper numbers in real-time28/11/2019 Anonymous Government
Developed in partnership with tech giant Microsoft, the new digital service will capture real-time social, demographic and location data, using mobile devices with geolocation to track rough sleepers across the state.
Data collected through the program will be put into a central database to help guide specialist support services for the at-risk group. It is hoped the database will also help coordinate efforts between outreach programs and NGOs with the government’s own support programs.
DTA to launch new procurement platform for telcos27/11/2019 Anonymous Government
Going live in early 2020, the new Marketplace will supersede the existing Mobile and Telecommunications Services panels, in operation since 2013, with the DTA inviting applications from sellers to join the newly amalgamated Marketplace panel.
Overregulate at your peril: Estonia data chief advocates ‘deploy now, regulate later’ approach for AI in Australia27/11/2019 Anonymous Government
Speaking at the FST Government Australia conference in Canberra last week, Estonia’s data chief, Ott Velsberg, said governments should not shy away from “practical” experiments with AI and machine learning (ML) technologies within the public sector, suggesting regulators should be invited in only “when the government finds a need”.
He pleaded with delegates to keep the regulators at bay, believing governments may tangle themselves in red tape too early in AI's development phase – before genuine use cases can be determined.
Eight isn't enough: why cybersec teams should rethink their approach to the ACSC's 'Essential Eight' – Highlights from the FST Gov Australia panel26/11/2019 Anonymous Government
Featured speakers on the Cybersecurity panel:
Jamie Norton, Chief Information Security Officer, Australian Taxation Office
Mike Webb, Chief Information Officer, The Treasury
Scott MacLeod, First Assistant Director-General, Protect, Assure and Enable, Australian Signals Directorate
Moderated by Paul Cooper.
Privacy, information access complaints surge in 2019 – IPC31/10/2019 Nanda Lakhwani Government
Information access complaints also increased by a staggering 105 per cent from FY18, with applicants voicing concerns over inadequate decision-making processes, extended timeframes and a lack of available open-access information from state and local government agencies, among other entities.
The IPC takes complaints and requests covering public sector agencies, health service providers (both public and private) and large organisations dealing with health information.
e-Invoicing bill clears final legislative hurdle, paving way for national standards30/10/2019 Anonymous Government
The legislation gives ATO the power to establish the long-anticipated Australian PEPPOL Authority, creating a national framework that enforces interoperability standards for electronic invoicing in Australia, based on the Pan European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) framework.
Last month, Australia and New Zealand jointly announced the adoption of a common trans-Tasman e-invoicing standard, developing localised invoice specifications based on PEPPOL BIS Billing 3.0.
ACSC sounds warning over ‘undetectable’ malware threat29/10/2019 Anonymous Government
The infamous banking trojan, ‘Emotet’, considered by the US Department of Homeland Security among the most costly and destructive malware in existence today, is reported to have struck “dozens” of local businesses and individual users as well as bringing critical government infrastructure to a standstill.
The ACSC believes the Emotet trojan was behind the recent ransomware attack on the Victorian state healthcare sector, which for almost two weeks crippled backend systems across the state.
NZ proposes ‘ethical’ algorithm charter25/10/2019 Anonymous Government
Led by NZ’s government chief data steward, Liz MacPherson, the Charter establishes a basic “ethical” framework for government agencies when creating or using operational algorithms, committing agencies to a five-year timeline to improve transparency and accountability in their development of algorithms.
Federal Gov unveils research centre for automation16/10/2019 Nanda Lakhwani Government
To be hosted at Melbourne’s RMIT University, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society will bring together researchers from eight Australian universities and 22 partner organisations across the globe, under the leadership of RMIT Professor Julian Thomas.
Federal Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, said the Centre will develop world-leading policy and practice, inform public debate, and train a new generation of researchers and practitioners.
Vic Gov assures ‘no data stolen’ in hospital ransomware breach14/10/2019 Anonymous Government
Led by a combined team of state and federal police and cybersecurity experts, the forensic investigation into the attack – which found ransomware spread onto servers controlling clinical, medical and corporate systems – concluded that there was no evidence that patient data was stolen during the breach, with attackers most likely seeking “to extract payment from organisations rather than steal data”.
NZ spearheads all-of-gov integration with new digital leadership team14/10/2019 Anonymous Government
The changes will see the creation of a new leadership team within the DIA headed by as yet to be announced deputy chief executive and deputy government chief digital officer.
Paul James, the Government’s chief digital officer (GCDO) and DIA chief executive, said the new agile team would be tasked with identifying digital needs across the state sector and furthering integration initiatives between agencies.
Fed Govt confirms negotiations with US on data exchange agreement11/10/2019 Anonymous Government
The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act, legislated by the US in 2018, gives foreign partners – those the US Federal Government deems to have “robust protections for privacy and civil liberties” – access to electronic data held by US-based corporate entities to support criminal investigations.
Through a CLOUD Act agreement, Australian authorities would be able to make direct requests for data from a US company using local laws, rather than having to go through US authorities and legal strictures, and vice versa.
WA unveils virtual command centre for country clinicians02/10/2019 Anonymous Government
The Western Australian Country Health Service (WACHS) Command Centre will provide emergency and specialty services to support front-line clinicians in regional WA, giving remote doctors and nurses 24/7 access to clinical specialists.
The Command Centre will build on WACHS’ existing Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS), operating since 2012, amalgamating new and existing services into a single virtual clinical hub, and providing a suite of videoconferencing and real-time data displays to assist local clinicians in practice.