Public Sector

October 2017

COAG agrees on enhanced biometric data exchange – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security,

A special meeting of the Council of Australian Governments has agreed on a series of measures aimed at strengthening national security.

Upgrades for Collins submarines announced – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

The Government has announced two projects to sustain the capability superiority of the Collins Class submarine fleet until its replacement.

Government funds establishment of Cyber Security CRC – October 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Research, Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector,

The Federal Government has announced a new industry-led cyber security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to build Australia’s cyber security capability and deliver solutions to ensure the safety of businesses and citizens in cyberspace.

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.

Health Department head to retire – September 2017

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

Health Department secretary Martin Bowles has told the Government that he will leave the position on September 1.

New policy on crowd security – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has released a strategy paper on strengthening security at venues where crowds are likely to gather.

August 2017

Changing guard at Defence and Environment and Energy – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the appointment of his chief of staff, Greg Moriarty, as secretary of the Department of Defence.

July 2017

Prime Minister assesses his achievements at G20 – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described as “very successful” his visits to the G20 in Germany, to France and to the United Kingdom.

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

Turnbull seeks fight with Labor states over terrorism – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Opinion Polls, Public Sector, National Security,

There is nothing in the polls to lead Coalition strategists to think that the Budget – now a month behind us – has raised its popularity with voters. The figures have barely changed.

Hanson calls for internment of suspected terrorists – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security,

Pauline Hanson has called for Australians on “terror watch lists” to be interned to protect the public.

New drones acquisition program – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

The Australian Defence Force is acquiring a new world-class surveillance and reconnaissance capability using drones, Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne have announced.

New defence supply framework to aid SMEs – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has announced the signing of new Global Supply Chain (GSC) Program Agreements with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

Australia increases Afghanistan commitment by 30 – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

The Australian Government has agreed to expand its training force in Afghanistan.

May 2017

Naval Shipbuilding Plan unveiled – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

The federal Government has released Australia’s first Naval Shipbuilding Plan, outlining the nation’s largest program of naval shipbuilding and sustainment.

New Commonwealth Ombudsman appointed – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector,

The federal Government has announced the appointment of Michael Manthorpe as the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

April 2017

Senate pushes for transparency in defence sales – April 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Public Sector, Defence,

The Senate has called on Defence Minister Marise Payne to release details of Australian military sales to Saudi Arabia that were approved as that country faced claims of war crimes.

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.

February 2017

Lambie steps up rhetoric over burqa – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Public Sector, National Security,

Tasmanian independent Senator Jacqui Lambie has tabled a Private Member’s Bill which would make it an offence to wear full face coverings in a public place under Commonwealth jurisdiction.

Defence drops compulsory acquisition plans for Shoalwater Bay – February 2017

Filed under: Public Sector, Defence,

Defence Minister Marise Payne has announced that Defence has dropped plans for compulsory acquisition of land to expand the Shoalwater Bay Training Area and Townsville Field Training Area in Queensland.

Lambie says Government hiding Islamic terrorist details – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security,

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has called on Attorney-General George Brandis, who is responsible for Australia’s domestic spy agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to detail how many people on Australia’s official terror watch list are not Islamic.

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.

US Alliance remains at centre of counter-terrorism stance, says PM – December 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence, National Security,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the latest propaganda from Daesh (Islamic State) used footage of Australian locations and Australian icons in a call for further attacks against the West.

November 2016

Review of Australian intelligence agencies announced – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Public Sector, Defence,

The federal Government has commissioned an independent review into Australia’s intelligence agencies.

Australian defence industry to be regional hub for JSF maintenance – November 2016

Filed under: Public Sector, Defence,

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne says Australia has been chosen to provide maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade for the componentry of the Joint Strike Fighter in the Asia Pacific Region.

Former US Navy chief to head shipbuilding advisory board – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

The Australian Government has appointed Professor Don Winter as the chair of the newly established Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board.

October 2016

Dispute between Attorney General and Solicitor General escalates further – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Senate, Public Sector,

Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson says he told Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus before the July 2 election that he disagreed with the binding direction issued by Attorney-General George Brandis requiring that all requests for Gleeson’s advice go through him.

Hanson and Hinch call for tougher ‘dual nationals’ sanctions – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security, Social and Community,

Pauline Hanson wants laws stripping dual-national terrorists of their citizenship to go further, calling for their families to be deported as well, AAP reports.

Lambie seeks Afghanistan killing ‘amnesty’ – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

Senator Jacqui Lambie, leader of the Jacquie Lambie Network, and a former soldier, is urging a pre-emptive pardon for any defence personnel accused of war crimes against the Taliban or Islamic State.

Australia and Singapore strengthen ties on trade, economic cooperation, defence – October 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Economy, Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector,

Agreements signed this month during an official visit to Australia by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong represent the most substantial upgrade in the Australia-Singapore relationship in a generation.

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