Budget 2018: funding extends Australia’s satellite and GPS capability29/05/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan announced the package will include a $160.9 million investment in a new Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) which will improve the reliability and the accuracy of positioning data by a factor of 50 (from five metres to 10 centimetres) across Australia and its maritime zone.
Small Business Taskforce submits digital readiness report, reveals ongoing ‘cybersecurity concerns’29/05/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
In light of its findings, the Taskforce has recommended the establishment of an independent body to assist Australia’s 2.1 million small businesses in fast-tracking the adoption of digital.
According to Mark Bouris, chairman of the Small Business Taskforce, too many small businesses are dragging their feet on digital adoption.
“Many small businesses are delaying, ignoring or simply are unaware of the opportunities that digital technologies may offer them,” Bouris said.
Cash injection: Govt delivers $2.4B to boost digital innovation in business19/05/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Minister for Jobs and Innovation and Senator for Western Australia Michaelia Cash outlined the Government’s plan to boost the technological capability and competitiveness of Australian businesses and upskill the local workforce for a “transitioning economy”.
“We need our small and medium enterprises to be fast adopters of technology in order to stay globally competitive and grow,” Cash said in a statement.
Government injects $44.6m to accelerate open banking rollout14/05/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Treasurer Scott Morrison will head the development of the CDR with consideration of the Government’s response to recommendations from the Open Banking Review.
Proposed by the Government in late 2017, the open banking regime will allow customers to direct their bank to send data to another provider, promising to reduce the inconvenience and costs associated with account switching.
Morrison said the CDR will give small businesses and households “more control, more choice, and better deals”.
Smart City Innovation Lab launched in Singapore CBD02/05/2018 Anonymous Government
The Innovation Lab aims to facilitate joint venture projects with banks, corporate entities and governments, focusing on three key areas of development: fintech, blockchain and artificial Intelligence (AI).
‘Smart cities’ are loosely defined as urban municipalities that actively collect and utilise data insights to enhance the quality, delivery, and interactivity of local services, as well as reducing overall costs to citizens and their resource consumption.
ATO moves tax file number applications online29/03/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has announced it will build a new identity proofing and credential security platform to replace its existing AUSkey security system.
AUSkey will be completely reinvented? (word choice – ‘superseded’/ ‘reconfigured’/’revamped’ maybe?) by the AUSid system, which will also align with the Federal Government’s national identity system, Govpass, which it states will providing more accessibility and convenience to the Australian public.
Blockchain will be ‘bigger than the internet’ – Jason Potts, RMIT Uni26/03/2018 Patrick Buncsi Government
Speaking at the FST Government Queensland 2018 conference in Brisbane, Potts said the emergence of the distributed ledger technology (DLT) will not only supersede all existing ledger technologies, but also fundamentally reshape global economies, extending its influence well beyond the cryptocurrency sphere.
The emergence of blockchain could radically upend existing economic models, he argued, superseding functions that have long been served by traditional institutions of authority.
Government seeks data scientists – FSTGov poll26/03/2018 Anonymous Government
Nearly 40 per cent of surveyed delegates rated ‘data science’ the most sought-after technology skillset for government sector technology specialists, significantly higher than coding (8 per cent) and user/customer experience (UX/CX) design (20 per cent).
Data scientists analyse and interpret complex datasets to distil vital information that can help organisations in improving service delivery and making more informed decisions.
WA State CIO moves to Deloitte28/02/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Nunis previously served as WA's deputy director general of the Department of State Development. The department has since merged with the Department of Commerce to become the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.
Among key projects worked on by Nunis during his tenure include the GovNext program, tasked with overhauling IT product and service procurement across state agencies.
Nunis' departure follows a review late last year that called for functions within the CIO office to be separated and moved within WA state’s central agencies.
QLD Gov restarts TRAILS replacement08/02/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
TRAILS currently manages $2.8 billion in revenue and conducts 4.6 million vehicle registrations each year, according to the department.
A replacement system was first mooted in November 2014; however, the plan was subsequently shelved for two years in order to divert funds – around $60 million – for public transport ticketing subsidies.
DXC and The University of Queensland launch Neurodiversity Hub31/01/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
DXC Technology has announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with The University of Queensland (UQ) for the launch of a new hub designed for students in Queensland.
The hub will focus on improving the employability of neurodiverse students whilst creating opportunities by helping them gain work experience with DXC and its partner organisations.
“It is a privilege to work with like-minded organisations that want to promote inclusiveness for students who are neurodiverse” said Seelan Nayagam, managing director of DXC Technology Australia & New Zealand.
Australia’s cyber security defences ‘weak and uncoordinated’ – Irvine31/01/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Former ASIO head David Irvine has delivered a scathing assessment of Australia’s existing cybersecurity regime, describing it as “weak and uncoordinated”.
In a submission, written on behalf of the Cyber Security Research Centre (CSRC), Irvine called for a parliamentary inquiry to examine the "impact of new and emerging information and communications technology".
CISCO and Flinders University launch cybercrime degree31/01/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Cisco Academy’s new online program will allow students to comprehend the role networked systems within business and enterprise play as well as how to manage secure network systems.
The partnership will see the establishment of an academy at the university’s Tonsley Park building, in which Cisco staff will provide training to students.
In a statement, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Angus Taylor said the Federal Government rates cybersecurity and cybercrime among "the fastest growing threats to corporations, citizens, and governments globally".
Empired lands five year cloud contract with WA govt16/01/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Among three principal contractors to join the GovNext program – alongside NEC Australia, Datacom, and Atos – Empired will provide the “core collaboration functions within the WA Government’s cloud environment,” according to a statement by the company.
“We are delighted to have been selected as a key player in providing services with NEC to the WA State Government under the GovNext-ICT framework,” said Russell Baskerville, managing director of
Empired. “This award is testament to Empired’s capability and investments in cloud-based services.”
De Brenni appointed QLD tech minister08/01/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
The newly appointed Digital Technology minister will now directly oversee the state’s IT function, which was previously administered under the innovation portfolio.
As part of the restructure, following the return of the Labor government in last November's election, de Brenni will now oversee IT across Queensland’s public sector, a role previously served by former Minister for Innovation, Science and Digital economy, Leeanne Enoch.
In addition to his new role, de Brenni will continue to serve as Queensland’s Minister for Sport and Minister for Housing and Public Works.