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  • Government IT projects to face scrutiny

    The federal government has commissioned a review of all its major technology projects. The review will cover all active projects over $10 million and those that “engage a large number of Australians” being conducted by non-corporate Commonwealth entities.

    17 Feb. 17 11:22 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government introduces bill for expanded eSafety Commissioner role

    The government has introduced a bill in the lower house that broadens the role of the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. The government last year foreshadowed the changes, which will see the agency’s name changed to Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

    09 Feb. 17 13:51 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics CIO quits

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics has to find itself a new IT chief, with its chief information officer, Patrick Hadley, planning to retire in early March.

    09 Feb. 17 11:42 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Senate backs scrutiny of Centrelink data-matching program

    The Senate has backed an inquiry into Centrelink’s widely criticised data-matching program, which is intended to claw back welfare overpayments but whose accuracy and impact on welfare recipients has been condemned.

    08 Feb. 17 16:22 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ATO hits back over claim tax time under threat from IT failures

    Commissioner of Taxation Chris Jordan has condemned as “without foundation” a report that tax return lodgement and processing for FY17 could be delayed due to the Australian Taxation Office’s recent IT outages.

    08 Feb. 17 12:17 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Data retention: Privacy watchdogs urge caution over ‘metadata’ in lawsuits

    Australia’s Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, and his Victorian counterpart, Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) David Watts, have both warned against any rush by the government to allow the use in lawsuits of data kept as part of the data retention regime.

    08 Feb. 17 11:43 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Data breach notification bill receives bipartisan backing

    Australia is a step closer to having a mandatory data breach notification regime, after a bill to create such a scheme today received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives.

    07 Feb. 17 13:29 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ATO restores most services

    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) says that most of its core services are back online after an outage last week.

    06 Feb. 17 09:56 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ASD updates key security advice for government agencies

    The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) — which is tasked with proving whole of government security guidance as well as conducting offensive cyber operations — has released an updated list of security mitigation strategies it deems essential for government agencies to implement.

    06 Feb. 17 09:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ATO tech woes continue

    Australian Taxation Office assistant commissioner Colin Walker has warned tax professionals that the ATO’s tech woes are set to continue.

    03 Feb. 17 11:11 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Fears over DR shortcomings at Queensland hospitals

    Three out of a group of four health services whose disaster recovery preparations have been assessed by the Queensland Audit Office have only basic DR measures in place.

    03 Feb. 17 06:00 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ATO services go down again

    The Australian Taxation Office has suffered another unplanned outage of key online services.

    02 Feb. 17 12:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
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