The Australian government has approved Chinese-owned tech giant Huawei’s $136 million radio and telecommunications contract with the Western Australian government, despite ongoing security concerns.
 

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has assessed the cybersecurity credentials of several Federal Government agencies, with all but one department failing its review.
 

 

Australia’s Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation, Michael Keenan, has announced a Federal plan to overhaul Australia’s online services by 2025.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has pledged his support for the local armed forces industry, awarding three Australian businesses defence contracts in an effort to shore up Australia’s military preparedness

 

 

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has publicly released a design system outlining a proposal to implement blockchain technology in developing online services and government websites.

 

The Federal Government has announced a $2.4 billion investment into local research, science, and technology projects in an effort to spur digital innovation in the private sector and increase job opportunities for Australians.
 

The Federal Government will commit $44.6 million from the 2018 Budget to establish a Consumer Data Right (CDR) framework, expected to fast-track the rollout of open banking.
 

Ten British fintechs are poised to enter the Australian market as part of the UK Government’s newly-launched Fintech Bridge Pilot Program, building upon a bilateral Fintech Bridge agreement signed last year between the Commonwealth nations.
 

In 2016, drug-related overdoses accounted for 1,808 deaths in Australia. All were the result of prescription medications.
 

After a nearly four-month search, the Federal Government's Department of Education and Training has appointed Stuart Girvan as its next chief information officer.