Cyber-attacks against the government and technology sectors have escalated as international threat actors exploit Covid-19 lockdowns and organisations' increasing reliance on virtual communication and remote access technologies, a new report reveals. 

Privacy protections for the COVIDSafe app will now be enforced through an Act of parliament, with the Federal Government successfully passing the Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Act 2020 through the Senate last Thursday.

The Federal Government had established a high-powered Digital Economy and Technology Senior Officials Group to ease Australia's path towards post-Covid-19 recovery and boost growth within the digital economy.

Despite – or perhaps owing to – Covid-19 shutdowns, Australia’s oldest bank has posted a notable 12 per cent jump in its technology investments over the past year, with Westpac reporting a $138 million increase in tech expenses during its half-year company update.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released new Covid-19 online datasets to help government and industry prepare for post-pandemic recovery. 

Central to the bank’s crisis response strategy outlined in its half-year results announcement, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ Bank) has appointed former chief data officer, Emma Gray, to the newly minted role of group executive, data and automation.

Australia's Attorney-General, Christian Porter, has released draft legislation that codifies protections for personal data collected through the Government's contact tracing COVIDSafe app.

Australia’s oldest bank has joined the ranks of its major rivals, finally switching on Apple Pay in response to rising customer preferences for non-cash payment options.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has been handed $5.2 million from the state government to support a wide-ranging tech and teleservices upgrade to help to see it through the Covid-19 shutdown period.

The banking industry's peak body, the Australian Banking Association (ABA), has urged staff across the sector to make use of the controversial contact tracing app, COVIDSafe, praising the Government’s strategy to lift coronavirus lockdowns and reboot the country's economy.