New Zealand fast-tracks telecommunications-as-a-service for agencies19/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Under moves to manage ICT costs, Statistics New Zealand and the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) have banded to fast-track shared services for government clients, and manage the cost of running ICT infrastructure.
The agencies’ high-profile TaaS project, launched earlier this year, comes under scrutiny at the Annual FST Government Australia conference being held Thursday 22nd September in Canberra.
During a keynote, Statistics NZ’s CIO, Chris Buxton, and DIA’s Dave Jackman, will share insights into the outlook, demand and cost-savings from TaaS.
South Australia trials smart phone payments for transport14/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The South Australian Department of Transport is seeking an operator to trial tap-and-go payments. This initiative supports plans to roll out services across train, tram and bus services in 2017.
This initiative, when fully operational, will enable passengers to tap their mobile phones as they board transport services. Presently, travellers purchase paper tickets or use their plastic Metrocard passes.
Australian Productivity Commission finalises big data inquiry14/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian Productivity Commission is finalising a major inquiry into improving the availability and use of big data for public sector agencies.
Findings from this inquiry, due for release this November, examine ways to enhance individuals’ and businesses’ confidence and trust in the way data is collected, stored and used. This focus is on privacy and data security.
The commission is collating public and private sector submissions, and seeks to clarify the use of big data to tailor services, and engage more readily with constituents.
Victoria takes lead on cyber-security reforms06/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Victorian government is racing to become a cyber-security hub under an incubator funding package that galvanises domestic and global partners.
The Victorian government has finalised the first round of funding under its incubator LaunchVic program. This incorporates an AU$450,000 grant recently awarded to the global IT firm, Dimension Data.
Dimension Data is launching a cyber-security incubator with Deakin University. Funding comes from LaunchVic that was set up in November last year.
Commonwealth builds pool of big data experts06/09/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Commonwealth’s Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, has unveiled a new framework to addresses the gap for big data skills across government.
Minister Taylor, a keynote speaker at the Annual FST Government Australia conference, to be held 22nd September in Canberra, is weighing in behind big data analytics. The latest framework seeks to ramp up its data skills talent pool.
US CIO reveals ICT plan at FST Government Australia conference30/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Tony Scott, the high-profile ICT Szár for President Barack Obama, is sharing the outlook for ICT reforms as an exclusive keynote speaker at the FST Government Australia conference being held 22nd September in Canberra.
During a morning address, he shares insights into the US federal government’s ICT spending program that is capped at US $79.49 billion. This presentation tracks the US government’s budget outlook, technologies-of-choice, as well as cyber-security reforms.
Federal government launches digital marketplace30/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Angus Taylor, the federal assistant minister for cities and digital transformation has launched a ‘Digital Marketplace platform,’ enabling businesses to work with government on technology projects.
Taylor, also a keynote speaker at the FST Government Australia conference being held 22nd September in Canberra, says this marketplace offers a richer and simpler environment for technology procurement.
New Zealand manages ICT costs through shared services24/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Agencies across New Zealand are leveraging the shared services model to deliver cost-saving across agencies, according to Statistics NZ’s chief digital officer, Chris Buxton.
Buxton, a keynote speaker at the FST Government New Zealand conference in Wellington, said Statistics NZ has helped pioneer one as-a-service initiative in Christchurch. This is in partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs, and followed on from earthquake rebuild effort.
Service NSW drives digital agenda23/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Placing customers at the core of service delivery is a critical ingredient for success, according to Dr Rachna Gandhi, CEO of Service NSW, and a key architect of frontline service reforms in NSW.
Dr Gandhi, a keynote speaker at the FST Government Victoria’ conference held in Melbourne, said this award-winning agency’s one-stop shop program is coming to fruition three years after launch.
“When we talk about government, this is more than just getting your licences renewed. This is about having a consistent transactional experience that builds trust in government.”
Digital transformation goes beyond the clichés16/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Embracing the mantra of digital disruption goes beyond the clichés and reams of standard-issue statements, according to Michael Bullock, chief operating officer at the Wellington-based ANZ Bank.
Bullock, a keynote speaker at the FST Government New Zealand conference, held 2nd August in Wellington, said digital transformation is not just about the technology.
Victoria sets the pace of digital reforms16/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Victorian government’s action plan for digital government is open, innovative and fully-engaged, according to Geoff Beggs, acting executive director enterprise solutions branch, Department of Premier and Cabinet.
As a keynote speaker, Beggs clarified the “Victorian Government Technology Strategy: 2016-2020.” This strategy builds on open and innovative government, together with deeper engagement with citizens and the industry.
Commonwealth forecasts high demand for STEM skills15/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Australia's future success is marked by a growing reliance on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, according to a report by the Office of the Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel.
This report, “Australia's STEM Workforce,” offers one of Australia’s most detailed analyses of graduate opportunities. The report draws on historical data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Among the findings, STEM is opening up countless opportunities, while opening up diverse paths and career choices.
Libraries fast-track born to be digital message15/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The influential coalition of National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) has weighed behind a 'Born Digital Week' initiative that runs from 8th to 12th August across cities, towns, and regional areas.
This campaign highlights the importance of collecting and preserving digital content, while bringing citizens into the discussion, debate and participation around preserving digital content.
New Zealand reveals roadmap for digital government08/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The New Zealand government is fine-tuning its roadmap for digital services under a comprehensive future strategy unveiled by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) in Wellington.
This strategy was shared during a keynote by Russell Cooke, the DIA’s acting Chief Technology Officer. He said the building blocks for digital government are simple by design, open and shared, and centrally coordinated.
Belgium walks the talk on digital government08/08/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Belgium government is tackling the challenges of digital disruption. Online and mobile apps are driving vocational training and job searches, according to the Brussels-based CIO of VDAB, Paul Danneels.
Danneels, a keynote speaker at the FST Government New Zealand Conference held in Wellington 2nd August, said the agency’s award-winning vocational training program has a following of one million people across Belgium.