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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 1 July 2020
The Australian Government has unveiled a $19 million funding package to support the development of artificial intelligence technologies for healthcare, including a number of groundbreaking mental health initiatives.   The latest funding supports research and development in a variety of...
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  • FST Media
  • 1 July 2020
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a record investment in Australia’s cybersecurity, with $1.35 billion earmarked for programs to enhance the country’s digital and information warfare capabilities over the next decade, including a new $35 million real-time cyber defence platform....
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  • FST Media
  • 1 July 2020
The Federal Government unveils record $1.3b investment in the nation’s cyber defences and OAIC releases ‘Foundational Four’ data management guidance for agencies. Tracking the week that was in digital and technology innovation across Australia and New Zealand’s public sectors.  ...
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  • FST Media
  • 1 July 2020
June saw a number of high-profile appointments across the public sector, with noteworthy additions to the DTA, Victoria’s Government Services ministry, and the CSIRO.   The Federal Government has appointed Kirstjen Nielsen to advise the Government on its cybersecurity strategy, set to be released this...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 26 June 2020
Social media giant Twitter has conceded users on its network have the potential to significantly disrupt the operations of government and industry, as malicious, state-sponsored actors and misinformation campaigns proliferate on the platform.   The likelihood and risk of future...
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  • FST Media
  • 25 June 2020
Major outage strikes NSW hospitals e-records system and ACSC releases emergency security guidelines in the wake of suspected state-sponsored cyberattack on Australia. Tracking the week that was in tech and digital innovation across Australia and New Zealand’s government sector.   In...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 23 June 2020
Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has launched a new drone-equipped aerial surveillance program to spot waste disposal licence breaches, announcing it will conduct impromptu spot checks to gather evidence on offending landfill operators.   The authority’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 23 June 2020
The ACT Government’s Community Services Directorate (CSD), which assumes a broad remit of client services for the Territory’s human services functions, lacks adequate protections for data used across its front-line services, warns ACT Auditor-General Michael Harris. The concerns were highlighted...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 23 June 2020
The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has warned state agencies to tackle procurement fraud against a backdrop of overcharging, poorly defined supplier relationships, and unmonitored contracts. An investigation by ICAC, which culminated in the Commission’s recently released Supplier Due Diligence:...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 17 June 2020
New Zealand’s Ministry of Education will invest $28 million to upgrade primary and secondary schools to Wi-Fi 6 capability, deploying up to 38,000 new Wi-Fi access points and 12,000 multi-gigabit switches.   The project is being rolled out under the...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 17 June 2020
Queensland-based irrigators have been given exclusive access to sensor and analytics data for water management following a partnership announced by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Queensland-based agtech company Goanna Ag.   The partnership will provide irrigators access...
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  • FST Media
  • 10 June 2020
Social Services Minister calls for IT funding model reform, Reserve Bank to develop ‘data bunker’, and the national broadcaster ABC seeks wireless upgrade. Tracking the week that was in tech and digital innovation across Australia and New Zealand’s government sector. Australia...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 8 June 2020
The Australian Government has moved to strengthen the agriculture sector’s biosecurity provisions, assessing a raft of new technology propositions designed to help prevent the spread of biological pests and diseases. The projects, funded under the Government’s $25.2 million Biosecurity Innovation...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 8 June 2020
A newly released cybersecurity review of the Federal Government’s largest agencies reveals that only one has so far applied the Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) ‘Essential Eight’ criteria to their financial management and HR systems. The security gaps were highlighted in...
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  • Shahida Sweeney
  • 8 June 2020
The Department of Home Affairs has gone live with its $44 million fingerprint and facial recognition system, with the initial rollout already commenced across Australia’s airports.  The Enterprise Biometric Identification Services (EBIS) project, being deployed within immigration gates across Australia’s...
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