Combining regulation and technology, regtech, could solve regulatory and compliance burdens to create new efficiencies in the financial system, the Federal Treasurer believes.

The South Australian government has taken the lead with a $250 million STEM funding program to grow students’ skills base for high-demand coding and robotics technology.

Angus Taylor, assistant minister for digital transformation, has launched a rebadged digital agency, with expanded powers to deliver on digital transformation and be more transparent.

Governments have clamped down on revenge porn, with online reporting tools and tighter legislation meaning offenders will risk jail and heavy fines.

The future lies in adapting to the internet of everything (IoT), according to Glenn Archer, a former Australian government GCIO, and architect of technology reforms for the Commonwealth.

The New Zealand government is leveraging its combined muscle and ‘power of one’ to negotiate better deals with ICT solutions providers. Dave Jackman, the manager for all-of-government ICT, Department of Internal Affairs, shared insights into managing procurement, and delivering agency-wide savings.

The Australian Department of Defence’s ICT modernisation effort taps into $5 billion in new funding to deliver change across all levels of business. The future outlook is shared by defence’s head of ICT realisation, Mathew Smorhun. 

Tony Scott, the Washington-based GCIO for the Office of Management Budget, and ICT advisor to President Barack Obama, shared exclusive insights around digital government at the Annual FST Government Australia Conference held 22nd September in Canberra.

CSIRO is growing its investment base with a $52 million funding program to support breakthroughs in science, and redefine the future for full-scale commercialisation.

FST Government: What are your technology and innovation priorities for the year ahead?

Cushing: We are using technology advancements to aid with delivering innovative services that are personalised to ensure the information is tailored to the customer so they find the right service at the right time.