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Defence scientists and industry collaboration

We all know that Australia lags on any measure of collaboration between science and industry, but changes are underway in the defence field. Defence science as we know it...

Govt urged to look local on vaccination certificates

The federal government knocked back a pitch from an Adelaide company to protect digital COVID-19 vaccination certificates from fraud last year, after a senator revealed this week that the...

Facebook blocks researchers from scrutinising data

Facebook has suspended the accounts of US researchers who had been scrutinising its role in misinformation, digital advertising and election campaigns with a tool that catalogued the social media...

NSW launches R&D fund and new tech vouchers

The New South Wales government has launched a new $6 million research and development fund to help scale innovative products and is also offering new “TechVouchers” of up to...

Aust presses US for regional digital trade pact

Australia is in active discussions with the US to sign a regional digital trade agreement in an effort to re-engage America in the Indo-Pacific region and boost the local...

Quantum startup hub for Sydney’s Tech Central

A new quantum focused startup hub will be established at Sydney’s Tech Central, with the New South Wales government on the hunt for founding members. Known as The Quantum Terminal,...

Govt finally unveils share scheme legislation

The federal government has finally unveiled draft legislation to implement reforms to the Employee Share Scheme which it first announced four years ago, along with a further commitment contained...

Govt pays BCG $1m for telco supply chain work

The federal government will pay American multinational Boston Consulting Group $125,000 a week to produce reports on Australia’s supply chain resilience around semiconductors and telecommunications equipment over the next...

What lies below? Drones will tell us, definitively 

While Australians were celebrating the arrival of 2021, off the coast of eastern Australia the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor was busy mapping the seabed with a drone for a hugely ambitious global project, Seabed 2030, to produce a definitive...

WA invests in graphite manufacturing facility

The Western Australian government has granted $2 million to young company International Graphite which plans the state’s first micronising and graphite foil manufacturing facility for the former coal mining...

COVIDSafe report missing the one thing that matters

Like the villain in a bad horror movie, COVIDSafe refuses to die. It has been a staggering fall from grace for the contact tracing app, heralded as the “ticket”...

WA services minister vows to put people first

Western Australia’s new services and ICT minister Don Punch has vowed to keep citizens at the centre of the state’s rapidly transforming services program and to work more constructively...