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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 6th of April

  • NSW’s AI Assurance Framework has come into effect, mandating all NSW Government agencies using AI technology to meet the Framework’s ethical requirements. The Framework was developed by the NSW Advisory Committee on AI and forms part of the state’s AI Strategy.  

  • The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has released a 2022 update to the Digital Economy Strategy. The update highlights new initiatives launched since the strategy's initial release in 2021, including:  

    • $1 billion for the Technology Investment Boost 

    • $70 million for a Quantum Commercialisation Hub 

    • $22.6 million to support 5G innovation 

    • $3.9 million to women transition mid-career to digital workforce 

    • Reforming Australia’s payment system ‘for the digital age’, and; 

    • Keeping Australians safe and secure online. 

  • The federally funded Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) has released a discussion paper on a major overhaul of digital skills training to address Australia’s growing talent gap. The DSO proposes a skills-based model that includes digital pathways, skills standards and digital ‘centres of excellence’.  

  • Autonomous tunnel boring machines (TBM) featuring AI software will soon form part of the 24-kilometre Sydney Metro West project. The TBM package is funded through the $2.16 billion Western Tunnelling Package. 

  • The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is trialling remote-controlled robots to detect potential biosecurity risks in imported cargo as part of the Biosecurity Innovation Program.  

  • The NSW Government is inviting emerging tech businesses and startups to participate for a share of $3 million in the Smart City Innovation Challenges. Each of the three challenges offers a $1 million award to the winner, who will then partner with the NSW Government on innovation projects. 

  • South Australia’s Online Accessibility Toolkit has received international recognition for its ‘innovative and effective solutions’. The SA Department of the Premier and Cabinet welcomed the Zero Project Award win, recognised at a ceremony in Vienna, that highlights the Government’s commitment to online accessibility.  

  • Two SA hospitals have become the first in Australia to install AI systems that alert staff of patient deterioration, allowing for earlier intervention.

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