Australians warned over Covid-19 phishing scams, with hackers zeroing in on remote working apps30/03/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The scams, which disguise themselves as Covid-19-related support materials, appear as official correspondence from government agencies, international healthcare advisory sites, postal services, or entities that manage relief payments.
Both the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have warned that the number of email scams hitting inboxes will likely escalate as Covid-19 case rates increase.
NSW Gov launches inquiry into gig economy, workplace tech27/03/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The inquiry is being spearheaded by a Parliamentary Select Committee established by the Berejiklian Government in late March, examining the changing nature of work, labour market trends, current and future contractual arrangements, and the outlook for 'on-demand' workers.
Aus govt deploys mobile messaging service for Covid-19 alerts26/03/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
This outreach underscores moves by the Federal and state governments to reinforce official guidelines around social distancing, restricted gatherings, self-quarantine, or pre-visit notifications to GPs or hospitals. The mobile messaging service was launched on 25 March.
Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said this initiative underlined steps towards ensuring that people protect their health and those of their families and communities.
Services Australia boosts capacity to manage welfare claim surge26/03/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The first contingent of 1,500 new staff is currently being trained to handle a spike in call numbers handled by the agency as well as high-volume claims processing.
A direct successor to the Department of Human Services, Services Australia was established earlier this year as an executive agency managing the Social Services portfolio. This portfolio includes Centrelink, Medicare, and Child Support payments and services.
A raft of new staffing and ICT upgrade arrangements was unveiled by Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert yesterday.
myGov upgrade to usher in ‘personalised’ citizen services16/03/2020 Anonymous Government
The upgrade, which will eventually see the complete replacement of the seven-year-old myGov platform, is expected to provide government services “across portfolios and jurisdictions”, the DTA said, offering a single view of users’ interactions with the Government.
Eventually, the DTA said the new platform should offer some level of personalisation and adaptability to citizens’ individual life circumstances.
Services Australia appoints new chief13/03/2020 Anonymous Government
The appointment comes just three months after the rebadging of the Department of Human Services (DHS) as Services Australia, resulting in the departure of Renée Leon as DHS secretary. Cattermole served as interim CEO over this time.
On announcing Skinner's appointment, Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert said she “will bring critical capability to the role of the CEO at an important time in the transformation journey of Services Australia".
ACSC warns of critical vulnerability in Microsoft OS13/03/2020 Anonymous Government
The “wormable” remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability, which effectively allows hackers to run code on exposed machines with system-level privileges, has the potential to cripple government systems.
Christened by cyber researchers as EternalDarkness, the flaw exposes a protocol called CVE-2020-0796, potentially giving attackers arbitrary code execution in both SMB Server and SMB Client.
QLD Crime Commission exposes systemic misuse of public data, urges creation of mandatory data breach notification scheme26/02/2020 Anonymous Government
Among the recommendations, the CCC has urged for the creation of a state-based mandatory notifiable data breaches (NDB) scheme to be overseen by the Queensland Office of the Information Commissioner.
The report comes after a six-month investigation by the CCC – dubbed Operation Impala – triggered by a spike in allegations relating to the misuse of confidential information within public agencies – from 713 allegations in 2015/16 to 1,060 in 2018/19, a 32 per cent jump in four years. The CCC also noted the possibility of “significant underreporting” of data misuse.
DTA inks whole-of-gov sourcing agreement with Rimini Street25/02/2020 Anonymous Government
VSAs provide standard terms, pricing, and licensing conditions for a signed vendor’s products and services, effectively simplifying the purchase and reducing the cost of software (and software support services) for government agencies.
Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) chief executive Randall Brugeaud said the new agreement will simplify the engagement process between government agencies and Rimini Street as a whole-of-government provider.
Penrith Council doubles down on cloud transformation25/02/2020 Anonymous Government
Following last year’s successful deployment of Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Customer Service, the council will now add Microsoft’s complementary Dynamics 365 Field Service management software – a dedicated platform to support field staff with mobile access to data and information systems.
The Council has also enlisted Velrada, a management consultant and Microsoft partner, to guide the design and development of the Dynamics environment.
Digital twin launch set to transform infrastructure planning in Western Sydney25/02/2020 Anonymous Government
The Data61-developed digital twin project presents 3D and 4D (“3D plus time”) visualisations of the Western Sydney area, with detailed representations of both built and natural environments, displaying buildings, strata plans, terrain, property boundaries, utilities including power, and water and sewer pipes.
Auckland dams to install IoT seismic monitoring tech12/02/2020 Anonymous Government
Viotel, a data services company which specialises in large-scale engineering projects, will provide earthquake ground motion monitoring solutions based on the company’s Smart Box Internet of Things (IoT) technology and backed by Amazon Web Services.
The Auckland region, like much of the country, is subject to frequent seismic shocks which can severly impact critical infrastructure. On average, the Auckland region experiences at least one perceptible earthquake tremor every three to five years.
Finance Dept announces whole-of-gov ERP initiative10/02/2020 Anonymous Government
Dubbed GovERP, the initiative will be developed in partnership with the government’s Shared Services Provider Hubs, and will comprise “the design, development and trial of a common whole-of-government platform [to] deliver a range of standardised corporate and financial services,” an announcement on AusTender states.
The ERP would effectively consolidate HR and financial data from across federal public service.
The first tranche of the initiative will prototype a foundation ERP platform for trialling across the Provider Hubs that already operate an SAP-based ERP.
Gov CIOs struggling with digital disruption10/02/2020 Anonymous Government
Government IT leaders also reported greater levels of organisational disruption and funding shortfalls than their private sector counterparts, the Gartner survey revealed.
Fifty-eight per cent of surveyed CIOs said they had experienced organisational disruption over the past four years, with a little over half (52 per cent) saying they had also faced a funding shortfall over this timeframe that could soften the blow of disruption – a higher rating than any other sector.
Launceston deploys $6.8m smart traffic system30/01/2020 Anonymous Government
The new system, which live streams traffic in real-time, monitors traffic flow and synchronises traffic signals to meet changing road use demands across the day.
It is hoped the new synchronisation system will go some way to reducing the impact of traffic flowing in from West Tamar and into Launceston, a major corridor of the region and a main thoroughfare for tourists arriving from the mainland.