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  • Government ICT reshuffle moves forward

    The governor general has formally approved changes to the government’s administrative arrangements that involve the ICT policy and ICT procurement functions currently overseen by the Department of Finance being shifted to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

    27 Oct. 16 17:47 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Audit reveals security shortcomings for key SA tax system

    An audit of a key tax revenue management system used by South Australia’s Department of Treasury and Finance has uncovered a range of serious problems, with long-term fixes unable to be put in place until an upgrade project is completed in December.

    21 Oct. 16 11:41 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • NSW procurement changes will deliver boost to innovation, minister says

    Changes to New South Wales government procurement that took effect at the start of October will better enable agencies to trial innovative products and services offered by startups, according to the state’s minister for innovation and better regulation, Victor Dominello.

    20 Oct. 16 09:54 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Up to two years’ prison for re-identifying govt datasets

    A bill that will make it a crime to re-identify ostensibly de-identified government datasets will include provisions for exceptions to be made for security research. However, it will be up to the responsible minister to set out what individual organisations or classes of organisations will be exempt.

    12 Oct. 16 16:34 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government to launch Drupal services panel

    The Department of Finance will establish a procurement panel that will make it easier for departments and agencies that use govCMS to obtain Drupal-related services.

    05 Oct. 16 10:50 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Telstra offers assurances on cancer register security

    Telstra has said it is “well placed” to establish the government’s National Cancer Screening Register and that it will deliver a platform that meets the government’s privacy and security requirements.

    28 Sept. 16 12:26 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • WA inquiry sees need to boost government CIO’s resources

    The report of an inquiry by the Western Australian Legislative Assembly​'s Public Accounts Committee has recommended the government boost the resources available to its chief information officer.

    22 Sept. 16 15:40 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ‘Crippling’ IT problems at ABS, say union members

    The Community and Public Sector Union has defended the professionalism of staff at the Australian Bureau of Statistics who worked on the 2016 Census, linking the problems with this year’s Census to funding cuts and inadequate resources at the agency.

    22 Sept. 16 12:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Senator Stephen Conroy resigns

    ​Senator Stephen Conroy has announced his resignation from parliament in a speech tabled last night that named the NBN has his ‘greatest contribution’.

    16 Sept. 16 10:56 Written by George Nott
  • NSW GovDC Marketplace mastermind to depart

    ​Before the arrival of Dr Pedro Harris to the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, the state government’s data centre landscape was fragmented and unwieldy.

    16 Sept. 16 09:56 Written by George Nott
  • Big potential for Australia’s cyber security industry, says PM’s cyber guy

    Initiatives launched as part of the government’s cyber security strategy and National Innovation and Science Agenda can help Australia move from having a “nascent, small cyber security industry” to a “small but powerful cyber security industry that is global in its reach,” according to Alastair MacGibbon.

    14 Sept. 16 07:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Govt cyber advisor sees ongoing impact from Census fiasco

    The Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Cyber Security, Alastair MacGibbon, says that the technical problems with the 2016 Census will have an ongoing impact on trust in government digital services.

    14 Sept. 16 07:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Govt’s Telstra cancer register contract criticised

    Labor’s shadow health minister, Catherine King, has launched an attack on the government over its decision to award to Telstra a contract to operate the new National Cancer Screening Register.

    13 Sept. 16 16:29 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Ireland to Europe: No, Apple doesn't owe us

    Ireland will join Apple in appealing the European Commission’s finding that Apple owes the country more than US$14 billion in back taxes.

    08 Sept. 16 08:38 Written by Stephen Lawson

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