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In other government ICT and digital news, 16 August 2022

by Cameron Sinclair •
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In other public sector ICT and digital news for August 17

Jobs Summit coming together 

More information is emerging ahead of the national Jobs Summit in September, with Industry Minister Ed Husic hosting five industry round tables (including digital and tech skills on August 17), and the Business Council calling for a ‘catch-up’ boost to the skilled migration intake. 

Adelaide super computer centre opens 

Minister for Defence Richard Marles has opened the new advanced supercomputing centre at the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group site on the Edinburgh Defence Precinct in northern Adelaide. We noted that DST was recruiting for super computer skills in June

Big week 

This week has the dubious distinction of being both the Department of Industry’s National Science Week and the ATO’s eInvoicing Week (‘save time and money’). 

State by State 

Victoria: Digital Twin launched 

Three years after initial trials, the 3D Digital Twin Victoria (DTV) has been unveiled by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). The platform is [here

ACT: seeking skills shortages feedback 

The ACT government is surveying employers seeking feedback on recruitment, skill shortages, and possible strategies for attracting workers to the capital. The survey is [here]. 

WA launches Data Science graduate program 

The WA government is launching a one-year interagency Data Science Graduate Program. Successful applicants will be rotated through four-month placements with either the WA Police Force, Department of Communities, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, or Department of the Premier and Cabinet. 

NT: launches digital health platform 

The first phase of the NT government’s $259 million ‘Acacia’ patient health record system has gone live. The new platform, developed by InterSystems, replaces six legacy systems and integrates a dozen more into a single digital ecosystem. It is the largest ICT project ever undertaken in the Territory, and supported several IT internships at Charles Darwin University. 


New Zealand: new powers to demand data 

The new Data and Statistics Act has received Royal Ascent, giving Stats NZ greater powers to request data from agencies across the government. The bill was introduced in October last year and was passed by the parliament in early August. 

UK: digital procurement overhaul 

The UK government is set to launch a new procurement program to begin phasing out legacy technologies. The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are seeking vender views on the Digital and Legacy Application Services (DALAS) framework, which is slated to replace existing contracts due to expire between September 2023 and January 2025. 

US: billions for semiconductor industry 

The White House has signed off on a $280 billion funding boost for the domestic semiconductor industry. The Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act provides a range of manufacturing grants, research investments, and tax credits for chip manufacturing. 

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