Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • Commonwealth Bank trials blockchain for bonds

    The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has announced what it describes as a world first: The use of Bitcoin-inspired blockchain technology to issue a bond.

    25 Jan. 17 09:14 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Independent review of ATO outage begins

    The Australian Taxation Office has appointed PwC to conduct an independent review into the dramatic system outage that took down key ATO services for several days in December.

    24 Jan. 17 15:38 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ASD to brief political parties on hacking threat

    In the wake of allegations that Russia sponsored the hacking of the Democratic National Committee in an attempt to influence the US election, the government will seek to brief Australian political parties on strengthening their information security.

    24 Jan. 17 11:01 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government eyes regional cyber security boost

    The government has begun accepting proposals for a grants program aimed at boosting the cyber security capabilities of nations in the Indo-Pacific region.

    23 Jan. 17 16:12 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Mission impossible? Preparing Australia for digital disruption

    Data61’s Strategy and Foresight team advises businesses and government bodies on how to prepare for the future digital economy. Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, a principal scientist in the team, says Australia’s prospects are not good.

    18 Jan. 17 12:21 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Sinodinos takes on innovation role after reshuffle

    Cabinet secretary Senator Arthur Sinodinos has been appointed minister for industry, innovation and science as part of a cabinet reshuffle following the decision of Sussan Ley to resign as health minister.

    18 Jan. 17 10:46 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Expansion slated for NSW’s GovDC data centres

    Construction work to expand Metronode’s Silverwater and Unanderra data centres is set to begin early this year, the data centre operator announced today.

    12 Jan. 17 10:05 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • No data loss during storage outage, ATO says

    The Australian Taxation Office says that no data has been lost during the agency’s extended outage as a result of the failure of a storage system.

    14 Dec. 16 10:25 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Failover failure at ATO

    The failure of a new storage system rolled out last year is behind the Australian Taxation Office’s current tech problems, which have seen the agency’s website and online services rendered inaccessible.

    13 Dec. 16 13:49 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ATO techs work through the night to combat outage

    The Australian Taxation Office is working to restore critical systems, such as the Tax Agent Portal, by lunchtime today, according to acting ATO CIO Steve Hamilton.

    13 Dec. 16 11:08 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Broadband levy to subsidise regional NBN services

    The government has revealed details of a proposed scheme to help fund NBN’s so-called “non-commercial” services: The fixed wireless and satellite services that are used to deliver broadband services outside the National Broadband Network’s fixed-line footprint.

    12 Dec. 16 16:33 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ATO services hit by ‘hardware issue’

    The Australian Taxation Office’s online services have been downed by what a spokesperson for the agency has described as a “hardware issue”

    12 Dec. 16 16:25 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Skills gap hurts WA govt security

    West Australia’s Office of the Government CIO has identified a “significant” cyber security skills gap in the state’s public sector.

    08 Dec. 16 13:05 Written by Rohan Pearce
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