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In other public sector ICT and digital news

by Angel Jemmett •
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In other public sector ICT and digtal news for 26 January:

  • The Federal Government has invested an additional $24 million to subsidise some telehealth services nationwide. This scheme aims to alleviate pressure from the oversaturated hospital system. Patients can access inpatient video, phone appointments and specialist telehealth consultations under the Medicare Benefits Schedule until 30 June.
  • NSW will not use the iVote system for upcoming elections following technical malfunctions during the local government elections in December. The NSW Electoral Commission will undertake configuration and integration testing while battling ‘resource constraints’.
  • Round 4 of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program has opened, offering grants from $500,000 to $1 million to “strengthen and expand projects that are removing barriers to STEM for women and girls”. The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has also been announced as the successful delivery partner for the Government’s Boosting the Next Generation of Women in STEM program. ATSE will receive $41.2 million to offer 500 scholarships for women entering STEM.
  • Julie Inman Grant has been reappointed as Australia’s eSafety Commissioner for an additional five years. Inman Grant has over 30 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors and has worked as an executive at Adobe, Microsoft and Twitter.
  • Accenture has been awarded a seven-year $163.7 million contract to deliver a single enterprise resource planning (ERP) system by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. The eventual single ERP system will be used as a shared service by multiple NSW agencies. Funding for the project was from the Digital Restart Fund.
  • The eSafety Commission has introduced the Adult Cyber Abuse Scheme to prevent and combat severe online abuse. The Commission will provide information, education and resources and investigate the most severe cases of abuse.