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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 30th of March

  • Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has pledged to bolster the tech industry workforce. He has set a target of increasing tech jobs by 1.2 million before 2030. Read more of Intermedium’s coverage about the impact of an Albanese Cabinet on the federal ICT market.  

  • A national digital ID system was the hot topic at the extraordinary Data and Digital Ministers Meeting on 15 March. Ministers agreed to explore the adoption of a national digital ID ‘ecosystem’.  

  • The senior government appointments shaking up the public service this week: 

  • Leo Hardiman has been appointed as the nation’s new Freedom of Information Commissioner after a two-year search. Hardiman has almost thirty years of experience providing general counsel to the Government.  
  • South Australian Deputy Premier Susan Close has recently taken up the additional role of Minister for Industry and Innovation following the Malinauskas election victory.  
  • Simon Froude will act as the Director-General for the National Archives for five years. Froud has over 20 years of experience in governmental records management. 
  • WA Minister for Innovation and ICT Stephen Dawson announced that the state has allocated $25.5 million from the state’s $500 million Digital Capability Fund to reinforce its cyber defences. WA will employ more cyber security staff for its Cyber Security Unit at the Office of Digital Government to create the largest cyber security team in the state.  

  • A pre-budget announcement revealed that the National Broadband Network (NBN) will receive $480 million in the Federal Budget to upgrade internet speeds in regional Australia and help the Government reach its goal of becoming a top ten data and digital economy by 2030. The Victorian Government has also unveiled plans for tranche two of its $73 million NBN upgrade program, naming fifty suburbs across the state that will receive NBN revamps.  

  • The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) is moving its Digital Marketplace panel to BuyICT.gov.au, an ICT procurement marketplace, in late May. According to the DTA, “the move is designed to benefit users involved in multiple types of ICT procurement, who will now need only a single log-in to access all of their opportunities”.  

  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has launched a global network of cyber and tech ambassadors. The network has members from over 20 countries and seeks to address challenges and opportunities in across cyber security and critical technologies.   

  • NSW car owners can now use digital registration certificates and receive mobile push notifications for renewal reminders. Until now, they were unable to register vehicles online and had to acquire physical registration certificates.  

  • NSW Health has released a five-year virtual care strategy to outline how the agency will develop and integrate digitally-enabled healthcare options across the state and develops a framework for the long-term transformation of the healthcare system.  

  • QLD Police have launched a portal which allows citizens to upload video and photographic evidence. The portal is hosted on evidence-collection software Axon Citizen, which was previously utilized by WA Police for body-cam video analysis. 

  • The Department of Defence is funding 50 AI and machine learning proposals, worth $30,000 each, through the Artificial Intelligence for Decision Making Initiative 2022. Small teams and individuals can apply to propose pilot projects that address one of 30 AI-based challenges.

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