Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • Edith Cowan CIO to take on new Vic education IT role

    Edith Cowan’s chief information officer, Elizabeth Wilson, is preparing to depart the university and return to Melbourne to take up the newly created CIO role at Victoria’s Department of Education and Training.

    13 June 17 11:17 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Months of warning signs before storage problems took down ATO

    An analysis of log data from the HP Enterprise 3PAR SAN blamed for the dramatic outage of the Australian Taxation Office’s core systems in December reveals a number of warning signs in the lead-up, according to a report made public today by the ATO.

    08 June 17 14:25 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ACT government earmarks $30 million for ICT projects

    The ACT government’s 2017-18 budget includes funding to roll out a new whole-of-government payroll system, maintain its analytics capability and upgrade aging ICT infrastructure.

    06 June 17 16:19 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Greens slam govt’s attack on encryption

    Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has criticised comments made by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said yesterday that companies such as Facebook and Apple should provide government agencies with access to encrypted messaging services.

    06 June 17 15:22 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Turnbull calls for security agency access to encrypted apps

    In the wake of the London terror attacks, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for “global social media and messaging companies” to provide access for security agencies to encrypted communications services.

    06 June 17 06:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • One year on, is Australia's cybersecurity strategy on track?

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched Australia’s cybersecurity strategy in April 2016, and more than one year on, there’s work to be done.

    05 June 17 09:13 Written by Ritesh Chugh (CQUniversity Australia), Asif Q Gill (UTS) & Leonie Simpson (QUT)
  • Immigration: ‘No date’ for Top Four cyber compliance

    ​The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has “no date” for when it will be compliant with the government’s mandatory ‘Top Four’ cyber security mitigation strategies.

    02 June 17 13:11 Written by George Nott
  • Defence extends Optus satellite deal

    Optus will lengthen the life of its C1 satellite by reducing its fuel useage as part of a contract extension with the Department of Defence.

    01 June 17 16:08 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Defence invests $101 million in micro drones

    The federal government will spend $101 million on the first tranche of a program to boost the battlefield surveillance capabilities of the Australian Defence Force through diminutive unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

    01 June 17 11:41 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government’s Digital Marketplace offers boost to smart city projects

    The Digital Marketplace run by the federal government’s Digital Transformation Agency will now offer local councils an opportunity to collaborate on smart city projects, according to assistant minister for cities and digital transformation Angus Taylor.

    31 May 17 11:03 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • myGov update fails on promises and potential

    The federal government’s “timely revamp” of the myGov website rolled out over the past weekend was a dramatic improvement from its existing version, but remains far from a highly intuitive and engaging user experience.

    30 May 17 12:13 Written by Joe Russell, Buzinga
  • Vic govt eyes blockchain’s potential

    The Victorian government has become a member of Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association (ADCCA) through the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

    30 May 17 06:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Tasmania eyes $67.5 million in IT upgrades

    In its 2017-18 budget handed down today, the Tasmanian government has earmarked more than $60 million for key digital transformation projects, including a program to upgrade IT systems relied on by police in the state. Overall the government said it intended to spend $67.5 million in ICT upgrades.

    25 May 17 16:17 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government invests in data analytics

    Data analytics teams will help drive evidence-based programs and policy under the government’s Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA).

    25 May 17 13:41 Written by Rohan Pearce
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