Federal government ramps ICT spend to over $9 billion27/03/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government’s key minister for digital transformation, Angus Taylor, has foreshadowed a major boost in ICT spending – with the latest estimate capped at $9.3 billion across organisations. The core focus is on digital services, open data, and cloud services, among other platforms.
The future procurement effort will see the Commonwealth open up business for small-to-medium enterprises. The procurement effort is managed through the online Digital Marketplace.
South Australia tackles outages with cloud services22/03/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
Australia’s largest operating “virtual” power plant is going live in Adelaide with the first tranche of solar battery storage installations powering local homes and businesses.
This installation, being managed by AGL Energy, is supported by batteries that ‘talk’ to each other through a cloud-based platform that is part of a fully-connected virtual network. This cloud-based system will enable AGL to operate the system in a virtual environment. This replaces having to source electricity from large power stations outside cities.
Australia spends $730 million on defence technologies22/03/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government is fast-tracking investments in next-generation defence technologies under a $730 million funding program that was unveiled by the minister for defence industry, Christopher Pyne.
The Commonwealth’s “Next Generation Technologies Fund” incorporates a ten-year research and development program. This initiative was designed to deliver “game-changing capabilities” for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), according to minister Pyne.
Australia-Singapore alliance to build innovation hub14/03/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
In a show of support for regional R&D alliances, the Australian government has launched a Landing Pad in Singapore. This gateway will enable Australian companies to leverage innovation and technology expertise across the region.
With more than 3,500 multinationals headquartered in Singapore, this Landing Pad enables Australian entrepreneurs to access a broader network of contacts and opportunities. The aim is to provide a gateway to more than 600 million consumers across Southeast Asia.
Feds prepare councils for digital future14/03/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is under the spotlight under moves to bring local councils into 21st century planning programs.
A Future Ready initiative has been launched, featuring a series of webinars and masterclasses. This program was unveiled in Brisbane by Angus Taylor, federal assistant minister for cities and digital transformation.
NSW opens portal for development applications07/03/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Department of Planning and Environment will open up its online portal for the lodgement of development applications under moves to streamline planning activities.
This one-stop shop program, unveiled by the minister for planning and housing, Anthony Roberts, is designed to save people time and make the entire development application process easier and more efficient.
Federal government revamps IT payment systems for health07/03/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government has moved to modernise IT systems that support health, aged care, and veterans’ payments under an RFP from the Department of Health.
This latest RFP, due to close 4th April, will see a full-scale modernisation of wide-ranging IT systems. Future payments systems will leverage digital services and integration, among other emerging platforms.
Each year the federal government makes more than 600 million payments worth approximately $50 billion through the IT systems in support of health and aged care services.
NSW builds defence industry capability28/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NSW government has launched a new entity, Defence NSW, to over-see innovative programs that bring together government, industry and higher education.
This collaboration will increase opportunities for innovation, commercialisation and research within defence and the defence industry, according to industry minister, Niall Blair.
Brisbane hosts new Cybersecurity hub28/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government has unveiled plans to create a new cyber security hub in Brisbane under a $47 million collaboration effort that galvanises public and private sector stakeholders.
This initiative, announced by Dan Teehan, minister assisting the Prime Minister on cyber security, builds on similar hubs in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
The Brisbane centre is being led by CERT Australia that is part of the federal Attorney-General's Department.
Australia and New Zealand sign first-ever science and innovation pact20/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
In the first treaty of its kind, Australia and New Zealand have teamed up to build the Trans-Tasman collaboration on science, innovation and research programs.
This pact was finalised by Arthur Sinodinos, Australian minister for industry, innovation and science, and Simon Bridges, New Zealand’s minister for economic development, transport and communications.
The agreement was finalised this month at the high-profile Leaders Meeting in Queenstown, also attended by the two countries prime ministers, Malcolm Turnbull and Bill English.
Australian government reviews $6.2 billion annual ICT spending program20/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Commonwealth’s high-profile ICT procurement program will be under the microscope during a comprehensive review that seeks greater transparency and accountability for high-profile spending programs.
This review, unveiled by the assistant minister for digital transformation, Angus Taylor, will be led by a recently-established Investment Management Office with the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).
Australian government introduces online safety law for groups at risk14/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Turnbull Government has introduced new legislation that strengthens online safety for Australians that remain vulnerable to online bullying, or the sharing of offensive content. This law extends the powers of the e-safety commissioner to investigate complaints, apart from those impacting children at risk.
Queensland appoints new chief to drive e-health agenda14/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The delivery of e-health services in Queensland has received a major boost with the appointment of Dr Richard Ashby as the chief executive for e-Health Queensland. This role will involve the supervision of ICT and e-health services across the state, together with leading a team of senior executives.
Dr Ashby’s appointment was announced by the peak body, Queensland Health, under moves to fast-track e-health services, and deliver on the leadership for healthcare reforms.
Victoria finalises $126 million telco contracts06/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Victorian government has moved to upgrade its ageing telecommunications infrastructure under a $126 million upgrade program that involves seven key players and niche service providers.
This upgrade, foreshadowed by FST Government last year, will fast-track the modernisation of core agencies’ voice, data, mobile, internet and unified communications infrastructure.
Queensland refreshes digital strategy06/02/2017 Shahida Sweeney Government
The future of digital government comes one step closer under an “Advancing our Digital Future” action plan that was unveiled by Queensland’s minister for innovation, science and the digital economy, Leeanne Enoch.
This plan coincides with the creation of a new Data Analytics Office. These initiatives bring the state into lock-step with similar reforms in NSW, Victoria, and more recently, South Australia.