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In other public sector ICT and digital news

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In other public sector ICT and digital news for the 10th of May

  • Oracle has been added to the list of providers certified to host protected-level public sector data under the Federal government’s hosting certification framework. It joins Microsoft, Kyndryl, Sliced Tech, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and AuCloud on the list.     Data Centres that are listed as ‘Service Provider and Certified Strategic Facility’ are AirTrunk Australia, Australian Data Centres, Canberra Data Centres; Equinix Australia and Macquarie Telecom.  

  • The NSW Department of Customer Service has commissioned the Gradient Institute to provide a paper on what government services and transactions could look like in the metaverse. The focus of the paper will be on what sort of regulation should apply to the metaverse.    DCS secretary Emma Hogan announced the research paper at the future.nsw conference in Sydney on 2 May and said while NSW thought the metaverse issues would end up being primarily a federal responsibility, “we think it’s very important that NSW has a voice in that, and that we’re clear on what that voice should be.” 

  • Queensland’s Deputy Chief Health Officer, James Smith has announced that the QTrace Central Contact Tracing Hub has wound up. It started in January 2021 and was staffed by over 360 public servants drawn from several agencies.    He said the team traced more than15,000 contacts and followed up more than 10,000 cases. Many of the QTrace staff were drawn from the Public Service Commission’s Employee Mobilisation Service, which was established at the start of the pandemic to ensure the workforces of lead agencies like Queensland Health could meet increased demand. 

  • The Monash University Faculty of Engineering has launched Monash Robotics – as a robotics research facility. The $6.5 million dollar investment furthers the work of Monash University in the development of a world-leading robotics precinct. It will be focussed on design and manipulation, modelling and control, perception and learning and human-robot interaction, with the work applied across a wide range of industry sectors.    Robotics deployment across the world is rising rapidly, with the International Federation of Robotics reporting that 3 million industrial robots were operating in factories around the world in 2021, according to the Monash University statement.  

  • The Australian National Audit Office has found that the Department of Home Affairs is being largely effective in implementing agreed Parliamentary committee and Auditor General recommendations. Grant Hehir, the Auditor-General said “with respect to the 25 agreed recommendations examined, 16 (64 per cent) were implemented, two (eight per cent) were largely implemented, three (12 per cent) were partly implemented, one (four per cent) was not implemented and for three (12 per cent) implementation was ongoing.” 

  • Defence has awarded Leidos Australia a $330 million contract to deliver the JP2060 Phase 4 contract, otherwise known as the Australian Defence Force Health Knowledge Management (HKM) solution. According to Leidos, it will create approximately 187 full-time-equivalent jobs, predominantly in Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with more than 95 per cent of the work to be delivered by Australian industry. Its partners in the deal include Alcidion Group, Ascention, FredIT, Precision Medical, Titanium Solutions and Philips Electronics, in addition to MediRecords, Coviu and Nous Group.     The new system will record, store, aggregate and analyse health data and information for the ADF, and the first time, deliver an electronic health solution into the deployed environment. It will record the delivery of healthcare from point of injury, evacuation and into rehabilitation and recovery.​

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