NSW launches innovation strategy to foster ‘new ideas’06/12/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NSW Government is launching an Innovation Strategy to foster a culture of “new ideas and innovation.” This strategy, unveiled by the minister for innovation, Victor Dominello, strengthens the entrepreneurship and innovation base.
During 2016-2017, the administration will spend $10 million to grow the network of incubators and accelerators. Another $3 million is assigned for direct grants to start-ups.
Key initiatives include the creation of a Ministerial Innovation Committee to support innovation, and encourage agencies to adapt to digital disruption.
South Australia passes data-sharing law06/12/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The South Australian government has passed the Public Data Sharing Bill 2016 on 1st December under moves to strengthen data-sharing arrangements between government, local councils and the non-government sector.
Deputy premier, John Rau, said the data-sharing initiative will enable South Australia to work more closely with government and non-government counterparts across key states and territories.
He said data held by governments and non-government organisations are a valuable asset. This vast repository can and should be used more effectively.
Turnbull in damage control over ABS website crash29/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
A media transcript released by PM Malcolm Turnbull’s office acknowledges that “heads have rolled at IBM” over the Australian Bureau of Statistics website outage.
During an interview with the broadcaster, 3AW, the PM reinforced concerns that Australians expect better services from government. This is especially with managing IT contracts.
University of Sydney fast-tracks shared services29/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The University of Sydney is rolling out more shared services in the New Year under moves to reduce duplication, deliver standardised ICT platforms, and derive better value for the user community.
Mike Day, CIO, told FST Government that a shared services model will commoditise services while delivering benefits to the user base. This move coincides with the consolidation of the university’s faculties from 16 to six.
Commonwealth opens $5.6 billion ICT spending for SMEs29/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Federal assistant minister for digital cities, Angus Taylor, has weighed in behind small-to-medium enterprises under moves that increase access to the Commonwealth’s $5.6 billion ICT spending program.
This engagement involves submissions to an ICT Procurement Taskforce enquiry that will hand down findings in the New Year.
According to Taylor, the administration does not have the same “rivers of gold” that marked past procurement.
Big data to drive the future of accounting, predicts peak industry body24/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The future of accounting will be supported by big data and predictive analytics, while running a “connected practice,” according to Australia’s peak industry body, Chartered Accountants ANZ (CAANZ).
Supporting this trend, CAANZ has launched a big data solution for its 115,000 members. This “CA Kairos” offering was showcased at a Future of Accounting seminar in Sydney hosted by Julio De Lafitte, founder for The Unstoppables.
NSW auditor-general flags deficiencies for technology cluster21/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The quality of financial reporting remains high despite significant control deficiencies at two organisations that provided information technology and transactional services to the Finance, Services and Innovation cluster.
These are the key findings of a report by the New South Wales auditor-general, Margaret Crawford.
The Finance, Services and Innovation cluster is responsible for customer and government service delivery, property and asset management, regulation and insurance services, revenue administration, and ICT, digital government and innovation.
University of Sydney builds IoT capability21/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The internet of things (IoT) is taking hold – with fifth-generations (5G) networks connecting trillions of devices across industry and government.
According to Professor Branka Vucetic, director, Centre for Telecommunications Excellence, Sydney University, 5G connectivity has taken the IoT into the “Industrial internet of Things” (IIoT).
Globally nearly 50 billion devices worldwide will be connected to the internet by 2020. More than 250, 000 cars will link to the internet. The uptake of wearable devices has tripled in the past five years.
NSW builds 21st century transport network14/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NSW government has moved to scrap bus timetables with real-time data trials, and social media feeds that enable commuters to plan trips in their personal space.
Among the future planning projects, a real-time data trial has been announced by the minister for transport, Andrew Constance.
This trial, canvassed in November, underscores moves to better track how people travel, while syncing under-resourced services around supply and demand.
Internal fraud on the rise, warns NSW audit report14/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The perpetuators of fraud in government are not being fully monitored, with financial losses on the rise, according to a report released by the NSW auditor-general, Margaret Crawford.
This “Special Fraud Survey” report, released in November, has warned that agencies remain passive about their fraud-detection strategies.
Public sector governance and risk management also comes under the spotlight at the Annual FST Government NSW conference being held 17th May in Sydney.
Government spearheads cyber-awareness campaign09/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The ASX and ASIC have invited Australia’s top 100 companies to participate in an ASX 100 Cyber Health Check. This survey will benchmark the levels of cyber-security awareness, capability and preparedness within business.
Participation by companies is voluntary. Reponses have been sought by mid-December 2016.
Participating companies will receive a confidential report benchmarking their own cyber-security practices. A public report on the themes from the data is expected to be released in March 2017.
Governments vulnerable to cyber-attacks, warns report07/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Despite the mantra of cyber-awareness, cyber-security is not high on the list of priorities for government, a recent report by the Australian National University (ANU) has warned.
This report, Weakest links and the Threat to Medium-sized Enterprises, has noted that knowledge of cyber risks is still inadequate.
The report was prepared by the ANU’s Dr Tim Legrand, National Security College, together with the Macquarie Telecom Group.
Queensland partners with Amsterdam on smart city07/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
An Australian-first agreement has been finalised between Ipswich City Council and the Netherlands to fast-track smart city strategies.
This initiative enables the sharing of smart city strategies between Ipswich and five Dutch cities. These are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Eindhoven.
Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale and chair of a Global Smart Cities and Communities Coalition, Bram Reinders, signed off this agreement.
Productivity Commission canvasses data access for consumers07/11/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian Productivity Commission is calling on government and industry to give consumers more control over their personal information. This recommendation is outlined in a just-released “Data Availability and Use” report.
This report has canvassed a new data framework offering consumer better control over personal data. A major overhaul of data-sharing arrangements is sought across the public and public sectors.
Under its review, the commission is holding public hearings on 21 November in Melbourne and on 28 November in Sydney.
Regtech to solve compliance07/11/2016 Jassmyn Goh Government
The collaboration between regulation and technology, regtech, can help overcome the financial services sector's heavy reliance on the use of disclosure as a regulatory tool, Treasurer Scott Morrison believes.
In an address at the Fintech Australia Collab/Collide summit last week, Morrison said regtech could provide enhanced regulatory compliance by building it into an organisation's key business practices and operations.
"In the online and digitised world, de-risking and de-regulating an environment actually go hand-in-hand," he said.