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NSW ‘Secret weapon’: $500m boost for digital restart fund

The New South Wales government has allocated a further $500m to its Digital Restart Fund, expanding Australia’s biggest government digital infrastructure program beyond $2 billion and extending it a...

Wait continues for employee share scheme reforms

Long-awaited reforms to employee share schemes aren’t expected anytime soon and may not be introduced before the next election, despite the federal government promising changes in the May budget...

Data sovereignty issues are complex but critical

Sovereignty issues have shifted into the spotlight across a number of sectors in Australia due to the supply chain challenges wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. This should raise important...

Victoria leads as states vie for mRNA facility

Victoria will conduct the first clinical trial of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in Australia as the state looks to partner with the federal government to establish a national manufacturing...

Labor introduces ransomware notification bill

Labor has called on the federal government to urgently support its legislation introducing a mandatory ransomware notification scheme which “lays the foundation” for enforcement actions against cyber attacks. Shadow...

NSW unveils $480m electric vehicles package

The New South Wales government will commit nearly half a billion dollars in Tuesday’s budget to the uptake of electric vehicles, including limited $3,000 rebates and the removal of...

Former ASIO boss warns on energy sector cyber

Energy experts and a former ASIO chief have warned that Australia’s critical energy infrastructure was growing in complexity and vulnerability to cyber-attacks, but a commensurate uplift in resilience has...

DTA chief Randall Brugeaud steps aside

Digital Transformation Agency CEO Randall Brugeaud is set to leave at the end of the month, after three years in the role, with the agency facing a significant funding...

‘Urgent’ investment in APS tech staff needed

The federal government must make an “urgent investment” in Australian public service staff to avoid any more government technology “failures” like robodebt, COVIDSafe and the 2016 census outage, a...

Labor ‘not happy’ about supporting Online Safety Bill

The Online Safety Bill will pass Parliament after Labor offered its support for the controversial legislation despite being “not happy” about the way it has been delivered, and the Greens...

Wayne Gerard is Qld’s new Chief Entrepreneur

The Queensland government has appointed RedEye co-founder Wayne Gerard as the state’s new Chief Entrepreneur, filling the position which has been vacant since last year. Mr Gerard has been actively...

NSW govt’s $28m bushfire tech R&D mission

The NSW government will allocate $28 million to bushfire research and development in next week’s state budget, with an Emerging Industry Infrastructure Fund to also be unveiled. NSW Treasurer...