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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 digital news for the 23rd of March

  • The election results of three NSW councils are now void due to technical malfunctions within the iVote system. Voters in the Kempsey, Singleton and Shellharbour (Ward A) LGAs will have to return to the ballot booths, though iVote will not be used this time around. Check out Intermedium’s coverage on the termination of the NSW iVote system.  

  • Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews has launched the Joint Policing Cybercrime Coordination Centre (JPC3) to enhance the nation’s cyber security and secure economic recovery following COVID-19. The $89 million centre began development in November 2021, using funding from the Federal Government's $1.67 billion Cyber Security Strategy 2020.  

  • South Australia’s new Premier, Peter Malinauskas, has revealed his ‘broad policy agenda’ for the state following a landslide Labor victory. Malinauskas says that public sector reform is high in his priority list and hinted at several upcoming initiatives across the health, transport, education, housing and energy sectors, including repealing the electric vehicles road usage tax and amending the Emergency Management Act. 

  • Simon Froude is the new Director-General of the National Archives. In February, Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Amanda Stoker, told a Senate Estimates hearing that the department had selected a candidate after a ‘global search’. Froude is also the Director of State Records in South Australia. He will oversee best-practice management and conservation initiatives for the Federal Government, including a four-year program for digitising and preserving ‘at-risk’ collections. 

  • Big tech firms will no longer self-regulate misinformation codes if the Coalition wins the May election. The Australian Communications and Media Authority will gain information-gathering powers and enforce industry regulations under this pending arrangement.  

  • Public Transport Victoria is trialling live passenger data on Melbourne’s busiest bus routes for its RideSpace app, letting users track passenger volumes on trains, stations and platforms. The app collects data with passenger counting sensors, predictive modelling technology, and Myki card tap-ons. 

  • Ex-NSW Premier Mike Baird is among many notable Australian figures whose images were used in numerous scam advertisements across platforms owned by Meta. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has initiated legal action against Meta for publishing the ‘misleading representations’. The lawsuit claims that one individual lost over $650,000 to the scammers.  

  • The Federal Government is consulting with financial regulators and taxation boards to develop cryptocurrency protections and tax policy. Current consultations in place are examining the creation of a licensing and custody scheme, de-banking and taxation of digital assets. Minister for Digital Economy, Jane Hume, also announced that the Australian Government is launching a market licence regime that will offer verified crypto businesses a ‘badge of approval’. 

  • 100 million telehealth services have been delivered to around 17 million Australians in the two years since the Department of Health introduced the service. According to Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt: “More than $5 billion in Medicare benefits has been paid, and more than 92,000 medical practitioners have now used telehealth services to support their patients.”

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