IT

October 2017

Government progresses plans for national online digital identity – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, IT,

The federal Government is asking industry for final feedback on a framework of standards for an opt-in digital identity for Australians.

Government backs app for safer car choices – October 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure, IT,

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester says a new road safety app is set to help drivers make better choices and save lives on Australian roads.

September 2017

New IT procurement guidelines to support smaller businesses – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Trade and industry, IT,

The Commonwealth Government has announced significant changes to the way businesses can sell IT services to the Government.

ISP’s key role in cyber security, says Government – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, IT,

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan says government and the private sector must continue working together to improve Australia’s cyber security.

July 2017

Government proposes to force internet companies to decrypt user messages – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security, Trade and industry,

The Australian Government says it intends to introduce new laws to compel social media companies like Facebook and Google to help Australian security agencies get access to encrypted messages from suspected terrorists and other criminals.

June 2017

Government funding for university cyber-security training – June 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry,

The federal Government is seeking to boost Australia’s cyber security defences by up-skilling the domestic workforce to address a critical shortage of skilled cyber security professionals.

May 2017

Government warns on cyber security after global ransomware attack – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, IT, Small Business,

Dan Tehan, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, has urged small businesses to take urgent action to improve their cyber security in the wake of the recent global ransomware attack.

April 2017

Accenture wins big Government IT tender – April 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Social and Community, Social Services,

The federal Government has selected Accenture as the preferred tenderer to provide systems integration services for the next phase of the Welfare Payment Infrastructure Transformation (WPIT) Program, subject to commercial negotiations.

March 2017

Technology suppliers seek part of the action – March 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Energy, IT,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he has had an “in-depth” discussion with technology entrepreneur Elon Musk about the future of electricity supply in Australia.

December 2016

Government seeks ‘unsolicited bids’ process for government IT – December 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Trade and industry, IT,

The Government is encouraging businesses to suggest how its ICT contracts can be made more accessible to small innovators.

Census reports criticise Bureau of Statistics, IBM and Minister – December 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, IT,

Reports into the bungled 2016 census have criticised the Australian Bureau of Statistics for failing to properly address privacy concerns and urged Small Business Minister Michael McCormack to exercise more effective control over the ABS.

NBN: government drops private for government funding – December 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, IT, Telecommunications,

The Government has announced it will loan the National Broadband Network $19.5 billion to fund the rest of the rollout.

November 2016

Australia should have Comprehensive Right to control personal data, says PC – November 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, IT,

The Productivity Commission is recommending a major overhaul of Australia’s data policy framework, including the introduction of a Comprehensive Right to give people more control over their data.

Digital Transformation Agency established – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, IT,

A new Digital Transformation Agency has been formally established within the federal Government to guide, oversee and drive the Government’s digital and ICT agendas.

October 2016

Switkowski reappointed chair of NBN – October 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, IT, Telecommunications,

The Government has reappointed Dr Ziggy Switkowski as chair and non-executive director of the Board of NBN Co Limited (nbn) for a further three-year term.

Turnbull acknowledges offensive cyber capability – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Public Sector, Defence, Trade and industry, IT,

No institution or infrastructure is more important to the future prosperity and freedom of our global community than the Internet, Malcolm Turnbull has declared in Washington.

August 2016

Senate to consider privilege claim after NBN search warrant – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Trade and industry, IT,

The Senate has become embroiled in the long-running Australian Federal Police investigation of the leaking of sensitive documents from the NBN Co.

Government IT problems not confined to Census – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, IT,

A fortnight after the Australian Bureau of Statistics was forced to shut down the Census website on census-night the Bureau said that two-thirds of households had submitted a Census form, well up on the 50 per cent anticipated at this point in the collection process.

Leyonhjelm says metadata laws bigger threat to privacy than Census – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Trade and industry, IT,

Ahead of the August 9 Census, Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjhelm said he would put his name on the Census form but he was “sympathetic” to those who wouldn’t.

June 2016

Labor promises fibre-to-the premises at no extra cost – June 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

A change of government on July 2 will mean another shakeup in policy for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

May 2016

Possible extension of arrangements for venture capital investment – May 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Budget, Trade and industry,

The Government announced in the Budget that it will seek feedback on how to ensure investors in FinTech start-up activities are eligible for the venture capital tax concessions.

February 2016

Cyber security cooperation with US strengthened – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, IT, Telecommunications,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a strengthening of ties between Australia and the United States on cyber security.

Baptist World Aid electronics report – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, IT,

A Fairfax Media report has highlighted the findings of a Baptist World Aid report which found that electronics companies are wilfully ignoring the often exploitative conditions under which raw materials used in their products and components are produced.

December 2015

Innovation Statement – Access to crowd-sourced equity funding – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Business, Investment, IT,

The Government proposes that new crowd-sourced equity funding (CSEF) rules will allow entrepreneurs to raise up to $5 million per year from a large number of individuals.

Innovation and Science Agenda to drive growth and jobs, says Government – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Business, IT,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched his much-anticipated Innovation Statement, saying he wants to drive what he called an “ideas boom”.

Tax measures at heart of Innovation Statement – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Economy, Tax, Business, IT,

Treasurer Scott Morrison says that new tax and business incentives under the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) will help to drive economic growth and jobs.

Innovation Statement – Access to crowd-sourced equity funding – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Business, Investment, IT,

The Government proposes that new crowd-sourced equity funding (CSEF) rules will allow entrepreneurs to raise up to $5 million per year from a large number of individuals in return for equity in their company.

November 2015

New technology companies tangle with committee over tax – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate, Tax, IT,

Uber, the ride-sharing service, has defended its tax affairs in Australia at a hearing of the Senate committee inquiring into corporate tax avoidance.

September 2015

Government recruits for digital government services – September 2015

Filed under: Public Sector, Australian Politics, IT,

The federal Government’s newly-formed Digital Transformation Office (DTO) is calling on Australia’s best tech talent as it embarks on a national recruitment drive to accelerate the pace of digital transformation across the Australian Government.

Use of technology by Not for Profits – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Social Services, IT,

The Not for Profit sector has been urged to participate in a survey as part of a major study funded by the Federal Government investigating the use of technology and platforms for giving and volunteering.

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