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  • Government pushes unis for more cyber security grads

    The federal government today announced it has set aside $1.91 million over four years to help establish an Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE) program for Australian universities.

    22 Feb. 17 12:29 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • IBM joins government’s secure cloud list

    The Bluemix platform as a service offering from IBM have been added to the government’s Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL), which is maintained by the Australian Signals Directorate.

    21 Feb. 17 18:12 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Digital push by Veterans’ Affairs to avoid Centrelink-style missteps

    The Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has given its blessing to measures that will allow the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to employ automated software systems to make decisions on veteran entitlements.

    21 Feb. 17 11:44 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ATO warning over software R&D claims

    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued a warning over businesses claiming the R&D tax incentive for ineligible software development work.

    21 Feb. 17 10:58 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Dominello promises new open data push for NSW

    New South Wales minister for finance, services and property, Victor Dominello, has foreshadowed a new open data push for the state that he is hoping to take the wraps off later this year.

    20 Feb. 17 13:04 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • 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
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