Commonwealth appoints Australia’s first cyber-security adviser03/06/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Alastair MacGibbon, a former e-safety commissioner and security expert, has taken up a new role as Australia “first Special Adviser on cyber-security” at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. In this capacity, he advises the PM Malcolm Turnbull on cyber-defence strategies. This also involves closer collaboration with the private sector, non-governmental organisations, the research community and international partners.
Turnbull announces $15 million funding for start-ups01/06/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ramped up support for startups under a $15 million funding package unveiled during the lead-up to the 2nd July election. This funding is part of the Coalition’s $1.5 billion National Innovation and Science agenda that seeks to foster innovation across government, industry and higher education.
Victoria tackles fire hazards with digital education campaign30/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Victorian government has launched a highly-interactive digital campaign to drive down the number of preventable home fires and educate residents about fire risks. This campaign is spearheaded by the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Metropolitan Fire Bridge.
WA lags behind on digital services, warns audit report27/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Western Australia is lagging behind best-practice in making government services available and easy to use online, warns a new report released by the Auditor-General, William Murphy. This report acknowledges that on-line access delivers significant savings. However, some opportunities for efficiencies are being missed. The administration needs to prioritise the online delivery of services.
Victoria earmarks $150 million annually over 4 years on telco upgrades26/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Victorian government has moved to modernise core agencies’ telecommunications infrastructure, incorporating voice, data, mobile, internet and unified communications. According to Jag Rewal, director, Whole-of-Victoria Government Technology Procurement Group , Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), this upgrade is a “significant development,” and replaces existing contracts that have been around for over 10 years.
Western Australia embraces digital innovation26/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Bill Marmion, the Western Australian Minister for Innovation, has released a comprehensive whole-of-government ICT strategy that incorporates a wider uptake of digital services using mobile and online channels. By 2020, the administration plans to migrate 75 per cent of its services into the digital space. This builds on the mantra of anywhere, anytime services, and tackles the cost of delivering government services.
NSW leads with ICT exports into Asia-Pacific23/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has placed NSW in the lead with exports into Asia-Pacific – with ICT products and services gaining a foothold in the region.The latest figures highlight continued demand for NSW’s expertise in telecommunications, computer and information (ICT) services, financial and other professional services.
FST Government NSW Conference: ICT risk management under spotlight20/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Managing ICT procurement risk before this becomes “front-page fodder news” is a perennial challenge for government, according to executives that attended the FST Government NSW Conference held 18th May in Sydney.
ICT spend represents a large proportion of operational costs, noted Glenn Archer, a former Australian government CIO (GCIO) and chair at the forum. He said that big-ticket spending agencies often circle back to the costs, more specifically around the G-cloud.
FST Government NSW Conference: Big data fuels engine of government19/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
NSW’s Minister for Innovation, Victor Dominello, has foreshadowed an expanded use of big data and analytics to make government more transparent, accountable and digitally-savvy.
During a keynote address at the FST Government NSW conference held 18th May in Sydney, he said the machinery of government is massive, and sometimes moves slowly. Opening up government through the expanded use of data will deliver best-practice services. “Big data is the silo-buster, together with supporting legislation,” he said.
NSW government appoints Macquarie Bank executive as first GCIDO17/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The NSW Government’s high-profile digital agenda shifts up a gear, with the appointment of Damon Rees to the newly-created Government Chief Information & Digital Officer (GCIDO) role. In a joint statement, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello announced the appointment, together with the Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet.
Victorian government launches 2016-2020 ICT strategy12/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Victorian special minister for state, Gavin Jennings, has unveiled the state’s 2016–2020 ICT Strategy. The focus is on digital government, open data access and streamlining the roll-out of ICT projects. Key priority areas incorporate information and data reforms, open government, access to mobile and digital services, and fast-tracking governance arrangements for procurement.
Productivity Commissions launches big data inquiry11/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Productivity Commission is inviting academics, government agencies, and private entities with large data holdings to contribute to a new public inquiry on “Data Availability and Use.”
Chairman Peter Harris says big data and analytics may need to move “out of the backroom and into the showroom.” The way data is being collected and used, or not used, is changing rapidly. “This presents both new opportunities and new risks."
Australian government launches new crime-fighting body10/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Australian government has moved to integrate its crime fighting and security management capabilities under the recent merger of CrimTrac and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC). From 1st July 2016, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission replaces the two agencies, as announced by the Federal Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP.
Fewer "cops on the beat” monitor corporate wrong-doing, warns new report06/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Australia’s front-line industry regulators and watchdogs may be losing their muscle, as “corporate malfeasance” runs amok in the corporate world, warns a report by the The Australia Institute. This report, Corporate malfeasance in Australia says that there is no consolidated database that offers a comprehensive overview of corporate wrong-doing.
Minister Skinner launches 10-year e-health strategy04/05/2016 Shahida Sweeney Government
Health Minister Jillian Skinner has launched a 10-year eHealth strategy to deliver smart, safe, sustainable and digitally-enabled care to patients. She launched the ambitious eHealth Strategy for NSW Health 2016-2026 in Sydney this week. The administration has allocated more than $400 million during its first term to support advances in technology and streamlined healthcare.