AWS & PwC join forces to build Australia’s 2021 online census15/05/2019 Anonymous Government
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which conducts the quinquennial national census, has confirmed PwC Australia will be enlisted to build and operate the online survey. This includes an online form and website to be hosted on AWS servers, as well as added online assistance feature to help individuals complete the survey.
WA to pilot one-stop-shop gov services portal13/05/2019 Anonymous Government
Bunbury, a port city more than 170kms south of Perth, has been selected to pilot the ServiceWA initiative, which includes both face-to-face transaction points as well as a dedicated online service portal.
The Bunbury pilot will offer a single point of contact for 85 government services spanning five agencies, including the departments of Transport, Justice, Communities, Primary Industries and Regional Development; and the Western Australia Police Force.
ACT set to deliver major overhaul of health services tech08/05/2019 Anonymous Government
The Digital Health Strategy maps out “a ten-year vision” and investment focus for ACT's health service, including a range of new technologies for doctors, nurses, and patients.
Meegan Fitzharris, the Territory’s Minister for Health and Wellbeing, said the rollout of the Digital Health Strategy “will ensure the ACT public health system is able to adapt as new digital technologies are made available to improve health services and clinical care.”
NZ announces world-leading Digital Inclusion Blueprint06/05/2019 Nanda Lakhwani Government
Minister for Government Digital Services Dr Megan Woods spoke of the Blueprint as a manifesto for inclusivity, outlining the Ardern Government’s aim to ensure all Kiwis can reap the fruits of the digital world, whilst also identifying groups lacking adequate access to online services.
“That’s what we mean we talk about digital inclusion. As more vital services move online, those who don’t have the skills or access will find it more difficult to go about their daily lives… We want to ensure no one is left out or left behind as more and more of our lives move online,” Woods said.
Life saving tech: Vic Health deploys real-time high-risk prescription tracker03/05/2019 Anonymous Government
In a concerted effort to reduce this grim toll and prevent the growing misuse and abuse of prescription medications, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced it will pioneer the deployment of the nation's first real-time, cloud-based, prescription monitoring system.
Developed by Fred IT Group, a Victoria-based specialist pharma-tech developer, the $30 million program will allow doctors and pharmacists to track the dispensing of high-risk medications in real-time.
Melbourne picked to host national AI centre02/05/2019 Anonymous Government
Though an exact location is yet to be decided, the state government said its funding boost would help to identify and establish a Melbourne base for the new National Centre for Artificial Intelligence, which it said would “[bring] together a mix of world-leading businesses, start-ups and tertiary institutions.”
However, the Centre’s establishment – and the Vic Government's promise for it to be housed in Melbourne – will be contingent on a formal agreement with the next Federal Government, with Labor affirming its commitment to the project if elected.
WA equips frontline cops with smart mobile tech01/05/2019 Anonymous Government
The mobile devices will offer a range of practical services for frontline cops, allowing them to complete administrative tasks – such as identity checks and the recording of statements – on site without needing to return to the office.
The handheld computer devices will come equipped with a “suite of applications that will ensure access to crucial policing functions in the field”, the Government said in a statement.
NZ leads the world in procurement, with Australia praised for crisis management capability29/04/2019 Anonymous Government
The global index, compiled by the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, assessed 38 countries – mostly from within the OECD – based on a range of public service performance metrics, including digital services delivery, regulation, tax administration, and policymaking.
New Zealand’s public agencies were praised for their advanced e-procurement functions as well as their progressive and inclusive policies “that enable small and medium-sized enterprises to take part in central government procurement”.
An interview with Jong-Sung Hwang, Master Planner, Busan EDC National Pilot Smart City (South Korea)16/04/2019 Genelee Mazarello Government
FST Gov: As Master Planner for the Smart City of Busan, you’ve been instrumental in developing this traditional port metropolis into an interconnected, IoT-enabled ‘smart’ hub. What will be your focus over the next six to 12 months as the Smart Cities project rolls out?
Jong-Sung: Busan National Pilot Smart City is scheduled to open – or will begin to move in – in the latter half of 2021. We have finalised the master plan, which, at the end of last year, defined goals and tasks with priority.
Data61 seeks industry input on AI ethics framework15/04/2019 Anonymous Government
CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall, said the framework will prepare for the rapid influx of AI into Australia’s “homes, workplaces, and communities”, highlighting key ethical concerns in Australia arising from this as-yet-unregulated technology.
"The draft framework contextualises these age-old ethical considerations in the light of new technology, so everyone can have a say in inventing the future we need so our children can keep pace with emerging technologies like AI," Marshall said.
WA Health inks $23m systems upgrade deal with NEC15/04/2019 Anonymous Government
Part of WA Health’s $409 million HealthNext ICT infrastructure overhaul, this latest deal will see NEC deliver a Wide Area Networks (WAN) service spanning 500 regional health sites across the state.
HealthNext, led by the WA’s Health’s shared services centre Health Support Services (HSS), is part of the WA Government’s wider GovNext-ICT whole-of-government program tasked with accelerating the adoption of ‘as-a-service’ platforms and cloud infrastructure across state agencies.
Dept of Education appoints new tech chief12/04/2019 Anonymous Government
Girvan previously served as Acting Program Manager for Technology and Security at the Australian Bureau of Statistics for two years before his latest appointment as the education department’s tech head.
After a one-and-a-half year stint in the position, former Dept Ed CIO Mark Sawade left the role in January this year following his promotion to Group Manager of the department’s schools and youth division. Peter Rundell served as acting CIO until Girvan’s appointment.
South Australia to host Defence supercomputing centre12/04/2019 Anonymous Government
The Defence Science and Technology (DST) precinct in Edinburgh, South Australia – 25km north of the Adelaide CBD – is the chosen site for new supercomputing Centre. The precinct also boasts defence contractors Lockheed Martin Australia and BAE Systems on site.
The Budget’s big winners in tech05/04/2019 Anonymous Government
Australian Electoral Commission (AEC)
AEC will receive $10.8 million over two years to investigate new polling place technology and upgrades to the AEC’s "ageing core ICT infrastructure".
NSW Gov creates new Customer Service ministry led by Victor Dominello02/04/2019 Anonymous Government
Former Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, will head the new ministry, which will now take charge of the Government’s centralised digital service delivery strategy. The Government has also announced the abolition of the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI), with all staff to be transferred to the Customer Services department.