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In other government ICT and digital news, 26 July 2021

by Angel Jemmett •
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In other public sector ICT and digital news this week:

  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has confirmed it will extend a set of regulations on when 5G can be considered a substitute for fixed-line services for a further five years.
  • The Australian Army is trialling several DroneShield sensors which are designed to detect and track drones and can be integrated with multiple other systems for 360 degree coverage.
  • There have been several new senior public sector appointments across the country, including Jim Betts as the new Secretary for NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Gaia Puleston as the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, and Rose Barrowcliffe as the First Nations archives advisor for the Queensland State Archives.
  • Brisbane-based systems integrator Bdna has acquired an 18-year-old forensic case management system from the QLD Police Service.
  • The Assistant Minister for Defence Andrew Hastie has launched the next stage of the ‘Act Now Stay Secure’ cyber security campaign to combat the ‘unprecedented level’ of cybercrime seen in the past year.
  • Australians must now check a box to acknowledge that they have no legal right to consular assistance when filling out travel exemption forms.
  • Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has announced cyber security as her highest priority when defending against national security attacks in a recent press conference.
  • WA minister Alannah MacTiernan has issued a statement announcing the government's commitment to backing the hydrogen industry in the same week that the WA government becomes a founding member of the Smart Energy Council’s zero-carbon scheme. 
  • The federal government is piloting new training and qualification VET systems for entry-level jobs within the digital sector as part of the  Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) program.
  • Research from the University of South Australia supports the use of VR in courtrooms to place jury members inside crime scenes.


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