Policy

Denham Sadler
March 19, 2019
The federal government will develop a national blockchain roadmap and kick-in a further $100,000 for the study, despite its Digital Transformation Agency recen...

Policy

James Riley
March 19, 2019
The only people in Australia specifically excluded from the controversial encryption laws are the very people who rushed the legislation through on the final s...

Policy

Denham Sadler
March 18, 2019
A new regulatory framework for initial coin offerings proposed by federal government posed “a significant risk of fettering innovation”, according ...

Cyber Security

Denham Sadler
March 18, 2019
Australia’s signals intelligence agency has outlined publicly for the first time how it decides when to make a security vulnerability public, and when to...

Space

Denham Sadler
March 18, 2019
The federal government has pledged an additional $12 million to the local space sector, with a new mission control centre and education facility to be establis...

Skills

Seamus Byrne
March 18, 2019
Girl Geek Academy and Film Victoria are collaborating to launch a Games Career Incubator, offering 25 women and non-binary creators at the early stage of their...

ISA

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 15, 2019
Innovation and Science Australia’s (ISA) recently appointed chairman Andrew Stevens has plans to shift the organisation’s focus on industry R&D...

Forum

James Riley
March 14, 2019
A coalition of tech sector business leaders and industry groups have come together at the eleventh hour to voice concerns to government about its controversial...

Regional development

James Riley
March 13, 2019
There has been a shocking number of research reports and reviews aimed at improving the performance of rural R&D and boosting regional innovation ecosystem...

Policy

Seamus Byrne
March 13, 2019
CSIRO chairman and business leader David Thodey has called out Australia's urgent need to better prepare for a volatile and uncertain future in a speech that a...

NSW Election

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 13, 2019
A future NSW Labor Government said it would appoint the state’s first chief entrepreneur and establish a new unit called Enterprise NSW as part of a comm...

Platforms

Denham Sadler
March 13, 2019
Google should be broken up to “clearly and effectively address the harm caused” by the tech behemoth, according to Australia’s biggest media ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
March 13, 2019
Just eight visas have been issued in two and a half years under a federal government scheme set up to “attract and retain the best and brightest entrepre...

Venture Funding

Adrian Herbert
March 13, 2019
The Australian venture capital sector is gradually attracting more local investment but not enough from the most significant source, institutional investors.&n...

Research

Seamus Byrne
March 12, 2019
News of a new breakthrough in silicon-based quantum computing through a collaboration between UNSW and University of Sydney puts a spotlight on the NSW Governm...

Science

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 12, 2019
CSIRO's Data61 has invested more than $3 million to open a new purpose-built robotics and autonomous system research facility in Brisbane with hopes it will se...

Data Rights

Denham Sadler
March 11, 2019
Treasury department officials have hit back at suggestions the government showed "complete disdain" for the consultation process while developing the Consumer ...

Industry Metrics

Denham Sadler
March 11, 2019
The federal government has opened up consultations on the development of the "next generation of innovation indicators" that will be used to develop new polici...

Industry Policy

Don Scott-Kemmis
March 11, 2019
Microsoft was founded in 1975, and Apple and Genentech in 1976. This strong signal of a shift in the locus of innovation away from large firms – like IBM...

State Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 7, 2019
The South Australia government has embraced wholesale changes proposed in a root and branch review of the state’s industry policies as part of an ambitio...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
March 7, 2019
Australia’s wages system needs to be "renovated" to help prepare for technology change, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said, as he positioned the upcomin...

Growth Centres

James Riley
March 7, 2019
It is a challenging time right now to be an Australian cyber security company following the passage of the controversial encryption legislation last year. The ...

Venture Capital

Denham Sadler
March 7, 2019
American tech giant Salesforce has launched a $70 million-plus venture capital fund in Australia, but funding will only go towards startups in the company's ow...

Apple

Denham Sadler
March 7, 2019
Melbourne City Council has rejected Apple’s "completely undercooked" application to demolition part of Federation Square to make way for a "global flagsh...

Policy

Denham Sadler
March 6, 2019
Proposed changes to copyright takedown laws in Australia are “fundamentally at odds with long-standing international practice” and would put local ...

Skills

Denham Sadler
March 6, 2019
There has been movement in the startup stream of the government’s struggling Global Talent Scheme, with Queensland-based Gilmour Space Technologies becom...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 6, 2019
Converting information from a Word or PDF document into a website sounds like no big deal. But when it’s the final report of the Banking Royal Commission...

Policy

Denham Sadler
March 4, 2019
The federal government had “severely underestimated” the privacy risks of the Consumer Data Right, even as it pushes to complete an inquiry process...

Policy

Denham Sadler
March 4, 2019
The government’s one-page commitment to develop an electric vehicles strategy, without any new policies, is “too little, too late” as Austral...

Biomedical

Thom Dixon
March 4, 2019
The NSW Chief Scientist Hugh Durrant-Whyte last month unveiled $2.5 million in funding support to establish a Genome Foundry at Macquarie University – a ...

Transport

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 3, 2019
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has requested support from the federal government, with hopes it will open the door to introduce Hyperloop transpor...

FinTech

Denham Sadler
March 1, 2019
Labor will fund new ASIC innovation resources to support FinTechs in Western Australia if it wins the upcoming federal election in order to stem the flow of co...

Skills

Denham Sadler
March 1, 2019
No visas have been issued for startups under the Global Talent Scheme with only four months left in the one year pilot. Documents released under the Freedom...

Policy

James Riley
February 28, 2019
The NSW Government has quietly released its David Thodey-led review of its multi-billion dollar Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct proposal, a document ...

Growth Centres

Seamus Byrne
February 27, 2019
The energy sector is undergoing unprecedented change as global price fluctuations, consumer price arguments and debates over fossils versus renewables put the ...

Collaboration

James Riley
Denham Sadler
February 27, 2019
The CSIRO and global aircraft manufacturer Boeing have marked their 30-year anniversary with 20 new research projects worth more than $6 million. It’s...

Science

James Riley
February 27, 2019
The newly-reconstituted National Science and Technology Council has met for the first time, chaired by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and outlined a program of...

Encryption bill

Denham Sadler
February 27, 2019
Australian employees of global tech companies may now viewed as “insider threats” due to the federal government’s new encryption powers, glob...

Consumer Data Right

Denham Sadler
February 27, 2019
The competition watchdog has begun work on rolling out an open energy scheme, before the legislation underpinning it has even been passed. The Australian Co...

Services

Denham Sadler
February 26, 2019
The Department of Human Services does not have the "appropriate mechanisms" in place to effectively measure its large-scale digital transformation efforts, an ...

DTA

James Riley
February 26, 2019
A rethink of the federal government’s digital marketplace will be a first order priority for an incoming Labor administration in order to bolster success...

Algorithms

Denham Sadler
February 26, 2019
Tech giants Google and Facebook have unsurprisingly rejected the Australian competition watchdog’s proposed "algorithm regulator", the key recommendation...

Growth Centres

Seamus Byrne
February 25, 2019
The energy sector is undergoing enormous transformation. From global price fluctuations to consumer price arguments, and debates over fossils versus renewables...

Election 2019

James Riley
February 25, 2019
Large tech vendors that continually steal talented digital staff out of the Public Service can expect closer scrutiny, and run the risk of being penalised when...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 22, 2019
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen has pledged that a future Shorten Labor government will prioritise tax relief for Australian businesses and invest in digital skil...

Senate Estimates

Denham Sadler
February 22, 2019
The Opposition is "highly concerned" about the government’s plans to outsource some of its crackdown on the research and development tax incentive, and h...

R&D scheme

Denham Sadler
February 22, 2019
A new guidance from the federal government regarding software claims made under the research and development tax incentive is "another kick in the teeth" for t...

Data

James Riley
February 21, 2019
The CSIRO has significantly bolstered the scope and ambition of its energy consumption data collection and analysis work with the launch on Thursday of a new r...

Budget 2019

Denham Sadler
February 21, 2019
The tech sector has called for a major revamp of the government’s innovation policy agenda so Australia can "reap substantial economic benefits", with ho...

Research

James Riley
February 21, 2019
I totally get that Donald Trump is a doofus and that every single thing he ever says or does is either stupid or evil, and undoubtedly wrong. So how come he ca...

Growth Centres

Denham Sadler
February 21, 2019
The government-funded industry growth centre for the medtech, biotech and pharmaceutical sectors has achieved significant results in its first three years of e...

CSIRO

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 21, 2019
A new tool has been developed by CSIRO researchers to identify when and where a breakout of infectious disease identified overseas, such as dengue and measles,...

My Health Record

February 20, 2019
More than 2.5 million people opted out of My Health Record, equating to nearly 10 percent of all Australians eligible for the controversial system. The Aust...

Gig economy

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 20, 2019
A future NSW Labor Government would introduce new measures within industrial relations law to better protect gig economy workers, Opposition leader Michael Dal...

Privacy

Denham Sadler
February 20, 2019
The government’s data and privacy authority is in urgent need of additional funding to address a backlog of important work, a senate estimates hearing ha...

Policy

Denham Sadler
February 19, 2019
A “step change” is needed in the federal government and industry approach to autonomous vehicles to prevent Australia falling further behind the re...

Digital

James Riley
February 19, 2019
The rise of digital technology in the Australian construction sector is bringing about a wave of change that is both challenging and beneficial. In addition to...

Policy

Denham Sadler
February 18, 2019
The Digital Transformation Agency’s inability to intervene in doomed $34 million biometric project inside the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission...

Consumer Data Right

Denham Sadler
February 18, 2019
The government was clearly “not listening” to the concerns surrounding the Consumer Data Right after it rejected an extension to an inquiry into th...

Broadband

Mark Gregory
February 18, 2019
NBN Co has released lacklustre first-half results for financial year 2018/19 and the spectre of the roll-out continuing into 2022 is now very real. NBN Co cont...

Growth Centres

James Riley
February 18, 2019
When the Industry Growth Centres initiative was launched by then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane in 2014, it was aimed at e...

Industry

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 18, 2019
One tech leader’s recent return from Silicon Valley to a base in Perth after 27 years has brought with it some fresh perspectives on what is working well...

Education

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 18, 2019
Shadow minister for the digital economy Ed Husic has joined with Google Australia and the education charity Schools Plus to support the expansion of a STEM edu...

CyberSecurity

Denham Sadler
February 18, 2019
A nation-state was behind the recent cyber attack on the federal Parliament, and the networks of both major parties were also compromised, Prime Minister Scott...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 15, 2019
Former Industry Minister and Liberal senator Arthur Sinodinos returned to Parliament this week after surviving a battle with cancer, and eager to make a furthe...

Policy

James Riley
February 15, 2019
Federal Labor would work with industry to fix controversial encryption legislation and pass the baseline recommendations of the Parliament’s joint commit...

Encryption

Denham Sadler
February 14, 2019
The Opposition has attempted to  fix to the highly controversial encryption legislation that it passed into law late last year, but further amendments won&...

Open Banking

James Riley
February 14, 2019
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has introduced draft Consumer Data Right laws to the Federal Parliament, A structural reform that he says will create competition as ...

Funds & Grants

Denham Sadler
February 13, 2019
LaunchVic has revealed its first funding round of the year as the agency begins discussions with the Victorian government for further funding of its own. Th...

Blockchain

Denham Sadler
February 13, 2019
Government agencies should look at the actual problem they are trying to solve rather than jumping to embrace new technologies like blockchain, the Digital Tra...

Gig Economy

Denham Sadler
February 13, 2019
Deliveroo’s call for new laws and regulation surrounding the gig economy is just “throwing workers a bone to try to shut them up” while doing...

Reader Survey

Seamus Byrne
February 13, 2019
InnovationAus.com started publishing a year before the last federal election, and now we’re staring down the barrel of another. The last time around, i...

Policy

James Riley
February 13, 2019
The federal government has launched a new round of Cooperative Research Centre project funding (CRC-P) targeting critical minerals, taking advantage of surging...

Policy

James Riley
February 13, 2019
It is one year since the government issued its formal response to the 30 recommendations contained in Innovation and Science Australia’s report, Austra...

R&D Tax Incentive

Denham Sadler
February 12, 2019
The government backdown on controversial changes to the R&D tax incentive is a relief to the Australian tech sector, but the crucial scheme was still in a ...

AA Bill

Denham Sadler
February 12, 2019
The government’s new encryption-busting powers are already having a “profoundly negative” impact on the Australian tech sector, as industry h...

Collaboration

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 12, 2019
The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is ramping its drive to improve the volume and intensity of collaborations with industry, as a result of lacklustre i...

ACCC

Denham Sadler
February 12, 2019
The production of journalism is too important to be left “entirely to market forces”, and the government may be required to intervene to curb the p...

TelcoLand

Mark Gregory
February 12, 2019
Calls for the value of the National Broadband Network (NBN) to be written down won’t resolve the systemic problems with the telecommunications market, pr...

R&D Tax Incentive

Denham Sadler
February 11, 2019
The government’s plan to give the research and development tax incentive a $2.4 billion haircut has hit a roadblock, with its own senate committee callin...

Partnerships

James Riley
February 11, 2019
The NSW Government talks a big game about a commitment to “radical transparency” in relation to technology procurement, but its actions tell a diff...

AA Bill

February 7, 2019
The industry campaign to force urgent amendments to controversial encryption legislation has moved up a notch, with the nation’s largest tech sector advo...

NBN

Denham Sadler
February 7, 2019
Fibre-to-the-node connections are to blame for most of the slow NBN speeds but “further work” could help them reach “similar speed” to ...

Centrelink

Denham Sadler
February 7, 2019
The legality of the Australian Government’s highly controversial robo-debt system is set to be tested in federal court in a landmark case in Victoria. ...

Encryption bill

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 6, 2019
Despite the serious concerns of industry associations, civil society groups and academic experts, Australian intelligence and law enforcement agencies have alr...

R&D scheme

Denham Sadler
February 6, 2019
The federal government is looking to outsource some of its controversial crackdown on research and development tax incentive claims, with a tender issued for &...

Royal Commission

Denham Sadler
February 6, 2019
The final report from the Royal Commission into Australia’s banking sector presents “many opportunities” for the local fintech sector, but ha...

Encryption

James Riley
February 5, 2019
The federal government is walking away from its own commitment to an early consideration of amendments to its controversial encryption legislation, according t...

Policy

Denham Sadler
February 5, 2019
Senate committee’s recommendations for increasing the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia were “shallow and weak”, according to one of t...

Cryptocurrency

Denham Sadler
February 5, 2019
The government is mulling whether a new regulatory framework is needed to crack down on initial coin offerings in Australia. Initial coin offerings (ICOs) a...

Open Banking

Denham Sadler
February 1, 2019
Data security risks surrounding Australia’s open banking regime are “significantly higher” than the federal government believes, according to...

R&D tax

Denham Sadler
February 1, 2019
The CFO of billion-dollar Australian firm Cochlear has urged the federal government to stop “tinkering” with the research and development tax incen...

AI Policy

James Riley
January 31, 2019
As if anyone needed reminding that a federal election looms, a war of words has broken out between the offices of Industry Minister Karen Andrews and shadow hu...

Federation Square

Denham Sadler
January 31, 2019
Federation Square management has applied for a permit that would allow demolish a building in the public space to make way for a flagship Apple store, despite ...

Federal Election

Denham Sadler
January 30, 2019
Whatever the result of May’s federal election, Australia will have a new minister guiding the government’s digital transformation efforts, after Co...

5G

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 30, 2019
TPG Telecom has called it quits on rolling out its mobile network in Australia, following the Australian government’s decision to ban companies from usin...

AA Bill

Denham Sadler
January 30, 2019
A coalition of major telco and tech associations has called for a series of significant changes to the government’s highly controversial encryption bill ...

Gig Economy

Denham Sadler
January 29, 2019
The federal government is looking to crack down on workers in the gig economy, with plans to force big tech companies to hand over worker data to ensure they a...

My Health Record

Denham Sadler
January 29, 2019
The deadline to opt-out of the government’s highly controversial My Health Record is looming amid ongoing concerns surrounding the reliability and securi...

DTA

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 29, 2019
The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) will be forced to move out of its current tenancy at 241 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills when its contract lease agree...

NBN

Mark Gregory
January 29, 2019
In a respons e to a question at the Senate Estimates Committee, NBN Co has failed to provide justification for chairman Ziggy Switkowski’s assertion t...

NSW Election

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 29, 2019
With just under two months to go before New South Wales voters cast their ballot in the state’s March 23 election, the Labor Opposition has remained tigh...

Cyber policy

James Riley
January 24, 2019
It has been a long time coming, but global cloud giant Amazon Web Services has been granted ‘Protected’ certification by the Australian Cyber Secur...

Education

Denham Sadler
January 23, 2019
The government needs to invest in and support an “enormous” skill shift to help Australians adapt to the future of work, a new Google-commissioned ...

Cyber

James Riley
January 23, 2019
We are living in extraordinary times. The fact that Huawei Technologies’ founder Ren Zhengfei is suddenly hosting two-hour press conferences with interna...

Biometrics

Denham Sadler
January 22, 2019
The national crime intelligence commission’s management of its doomed biometrics project was “deficient in almost every significant respect” ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
January 22, 2019
An innovation centre that has been operating for more than 25 years has shut its doors for good as things get tough for small consultancies operating in the te...

Policy

Denham Sadler
January 21, 2019
The Opposition’s new “local projects, local jobs” procurement policy would help small Australian tech companies secure government contracts, ...

Identity

Denham Sadler
January 21, 2019
A government inquiry into identity security is running more than two months behind schedule as the Coalition mulls a new iteration of the National Identity Sec...

Research

James Riley
January 21, 2019
Innovation and Science Australia has a new chairman after former IBM Australia managing director Andrew Stevens was quietly appointed to the role just before C...

Consumer Data Right

Denham Sadler
January 18, 2019
The government’s inability to introduce its “game-changing” Consumer Data Right legislation, and the subsequent delay to the launch of open b...

Policy

Denham Sadler
January 18, 2019
The Australian game development sector hopes to drive part of the national debate in the lead up to this year’s federal election, seeking a new level of ...

Politics

David Havyatt
January 16, 2019
Kevin Rudd’s The PM Years is an interesting exercise in revisionism that has fuelled great interest in his assertion that Murdoch attacked the NBN fo...

Publisher

Corrie McLeod
January 16, 2019
As the summer break draws to a close and the tech ecosystem ratchets up activities for the year, it is worth reflecting on the big policy discussions ahead. ...

Policy

James Riley
January 15, 2019
The federal government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre has quietly shuttered the 2019 iteration of its annual conference leaving the security sector s...

Policy

Denham Sadler
January 15, 2019
There were more than 40 breaches involving My Health Record data in a year, the agency behind the program has revealed in its annual report. But experts fear t...

Research

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 15, 2019
More than $40 million worth of grants were delivered to 19 projects as part of the sixth round of the federal government’s Cooperative Research Centres P...

Encryption

Denham Sadler
January 15, 2019
The recently-passed encryption bill had the potential to “harm the economic viability and growth of Australia’s cybersecurity sector” if a se...

Open Banking

Denham Sadler
January 15, 2019
The much-anticipated launch of open banking in Australia has been quietly delayed by the federal government by eight months. On the last Friday before Chris...

Holidays

James Riley
December 19, 2018
Naughty or nice, people? If you haven’t asked yourself that question already, you have maybe left your run a little late. We are about to enter the land ...

Year in Review

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 19, 2018
Following InnovationAus.com’ s recap of the first six months of the year , it’s clear that 2018 started with a bang. It’s now time to look ...

Policy

James Riley
December 19, 2018
It has taken three ministers and 18 months of work to get it done, but the federal government has quietly released its much anticipated digital economy strateg...

Science

Seamus Byrne
December 19, 2018
It started so well. A quantum computing professor, Michelle Simmons, was named Australian of the Year and for a moment 2018 looked like it would be a bright an...

MYEFO

James Riley
December 18, 2018
The Australian science and technology sector has been left “perplexed and disappointed” by the federal government’s “ram raid” cu...

Year in Review

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 17, 2018
With another year almost over, InnovationAus.com has put together a two-part recap of the key highlights of an extraordinary 2018. For this first part, we...

Survey

Corrie McLeod
December 17, 2018
As the clock runs down on 2018, InnovationAus.com is taking the pulse of our readership through a short survey to make sure we are on the right track and t...

MYEFO

Denham Sadler
December 17, 2018
A new $13 million global talent scheme program has been unveiled by the federal government, providing fast-tracked visas to STEM-focused companies, following t...

Year in Review

Paul Budde
December 17, 2018
This is a good time of the year to reflect on our industry and its place in today’s society – not so much in respect of all of the important issues...

Policy

Denham Sadler
December 17, 2018
The federal opposition has pledged to “preserve” the research and development tax incentive after accusing the government of “wrecking”...

Policy

James Riley
December 17, 2018
Labor's National Conference has formally adopted into its platform a significantly boosted policy profile for artificial intelligence, committing a future Shor...

ACCC

Denham Sadler
December 17, 2018
The competition watchdog’s proposed changes to Australian merger and acquisition laws could damage local tech companies and their ability to reach an exi...
Aimee Chanthadavong
December 14, 2018
Queensland’s Digital Technology Minister Mick de Brenni has lashed out at Federal Digital Transformation Minister Michael Kennan for using the Australian...

Policy

James Riley
December 13, 2018
Fresh from its monstering three months ago at the hands of the banking Royal Commission, the local insurance giant IAG has turned up as the primary sponsor of ...

Dataconomy 2018

Seamus Byrne
December 13, 2018
Risks of re-identification are very real, so we must approach the sharing of anonymised data carefully. But with tremendous benefits on offer it is worth the e...

Dataconomy 2018

Seamus Byrne
December 13, 2018
We must understand how to build and maintain the trust of humans in order to unlock and deliver the great social and commercial value in data, according to Cai...

Policy

Denham Sadler
December 13, 2018
The federal government’s cybersecurity growth centre has turned its attention to helping the local sector face the reality of the nation’s new encr...

Policy

Denham Sadler
December 12, 2018
Passing the highly controversial bill was an “incredibly hard choice”, and the Opposition will look to strengthen protections in the scheme if it w...

Space

Denham Sadler
December 12, 2018
South Australia has won the competitive, six-month race between the states to host Australia’s space agency, with the headquarters to be based in Adelaid...

Best books

James Riley
December 11, 2018
The Christmas break is nearly upon us and it can’t come soon enough. It has been a big year, with plenty of great, positive stories of successful Austral...
Denham Sadler
December 11, 2018
The Australian tech sector has been left reeling following the shock passage of controversial encryption legislation last week, with fears the new laws will do...

Policy

Denham Sadler
December 10, 2018
A powerful new regulatory body would be established to oversee tech giants like Google and Facebook as part of far-reaching reforms recommended by Australia&rs...

Data Policy

James Riley
December 10, 2018
The NSW Government chief data scientist Ian Oppermann has been developing governance frameworks for data sharing in national and international forums for the p...

Startups

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 10, 2018
Local tech firms win Nobel prizes Biomedical company Trimph, health insight firm Prospection, and agrifood tech business Moisture Planting Technologies we...

Crossroads

James Riley
December 7, 2018
Access to talent remains the key to building a successful home-grown tech and innovation sector in Australia, according to one of the nation’s most succe...

Dataconomy

Seamus Byrne
December 7, 2018
Business leadership gets the real value of data wrong in such significant ways that boards may be negligent in their duty to protect the interests of their com...

Crossroads

James Riley
December 7, 2018
The StartupAus 2018 Crossroads report makes ten recommendations for policy changes that would help make Australia one of the best places in the world to bu...

Encryption

Denham Sadler
December 6, 2018
A farcical day in the Parliament has ended with Labor caving at the last minute and passing the government’s encryption bill, just as it looked like the ...

Crossroads

Denham Sadler
December 6, 2018
The federal government’s planned changes to the research and development tax incentive present a “critical risk” to Australian startups, and ...

Crossroads

Denham Sadler
December 6, 2018
The Australian startup sector is at a “tipping point” where it must deliver on its potential in spite of a lack of political love, according to Sta...

Policy

Denham Sadler
December 5, 2018
The Victorian government’s plans for a flagship Apple store at Federation Square have been quietly delayed by a year, as its two primary political suppor...

Quantum Research

Seamus Byrne
December 5, 2018
Australian quantum computing software startup Q-CTRL has launched its first product to the public, Black Opal. The software brings a friendly user interface ...

Data Policy

Denham Sadler
December 5, 2018
The government needs to provide Australian medical and health researchers with better access to valuable data in order to improve the health of the population ...

Cyber Security

Denham Sadler
December 4, 2018
The political debate over the highly contentious encryption bill has become even uglier as a vote fast-approaches, with the government accusing Labor of &ldquo...

Data Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 4, 2018
Data Republic is on a mission to build a cross-border data trading platform using the $22 million it has just raised in Series B funding. The funding round ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
December 4, 2018
At least $26 million in taxpayer funds was lost on the national crime intelligence commission’s doomed biometrics project before it was canned earlier th...

Policy

Prof Lars Coenen
December 3, 2018
It seems Australia’s experiment at being a world leader at ‘innovation’ is over, with the abrupt departure of its champion, Malcolm Turnbull....

Space Race

Denham Sadler
December 3, 2018
South Australia’s Premier has high hopes that the state will win the national competition to host Australia’s space agency, with a decision expecte...

Policy

James Riley
December 3, 2018
The future of the government’s signature Industry Growth Centres program is under a growing cloud with Labor industry spokesman Kim Carr openly questioni...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 30, 2018
The Opposition has rejected the federal government’s calls for its contentious encryption bill to be passed before Christmas, labelling it “unworka...

Government

Denham Sadler
November 30, 2018
Former Attorney-General Martin Pakula has been appointed as the new Victorian innovation minister as part of a major state government cabinet reshuffle. Mr ...

Industry

Seamus Byrne
November 30, 2018
Rob Fitzpatrick has officially wrapped up his exit from his role as CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association , announcing he is now the CEO of e...

Trade

James Riley
November 29, 2018
The Sydney-based digital movie studio Animal Logic and Tasmania’s Echoview Software – which build hydra-acoustic data visualisations for assessing ...

Trade

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 29, 2018
Organisers of the world’s largest annual technology conference may have cancelled CeBIT Hannover for 2019 as part of an event portfolio restructure, but ...

Policy

James Riley
November 29, 2018
Opposition leader Bill Shorten would return science to the centre of government decision-making and drive central efforts to lift the nation’s spending o...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 28, 2018
A “myth-busting” report on the economic impact on the local cyber security industry of controversial proposed encryption laws is set to be released...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 28, 2018
The Queensland government's initial investment in Brisbane-based tech scale-up RedEye has proven to be such a success it has gone back for seconds, partic...

Startups

Denham Sadler
November 28, 2018
Australia’s largest startup conference will focus on the decline of Silicon Valley and the recent widespread criticisms of some of the biggest tech playe...

Startups

Denham Sadler
November 28, 2018
A new trial visa program aiming to bring the “sharpest minds in the entrepreneurial world” to South Australia has officially launched. It comes ...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 28, 2018
The NSW government has released its first Cyber Security Industry Development strategy in a move to help grow the local cybersecurity sector. The strategy, ...

Victoria

Denham Sadler
November 27, 2018
Former Victorian Innovation Minister Philip Dalidakis has been removed from the state government’s ministry as part of a Cabinet reshuffle following Labo...

Research

James Riley
November 27, 2018
If you are interested in publicly-funded research, entrepreneurialism, and innovation ecosystems and you have not heard of Mariana Mazzucato, then now is a goo...

Research

Seamus Byrne
November 27, 2018
A UNSW research team led by Michelle Simmons has published breakthrough research in the journey toward silicon-based quantum computing technology. The researc...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 27, 2018
The senate committee report on the contentious Research and Development Tax Incentive changes has been delayed and won't be handed down for another three month...

Science

Denham Sadler
November 27, 2018
The latest ever announcement of Australian Research Council funding has placed Australia’s innovation system “at risk”, according to the fede...

Policy

November 27, 2018
If Australia wants to build any public confidence in the growing data economy, it needs to have structures and protections – some of which can be borrowe...

Special Report

James Riley
November 26, 2018
No stone has been left unturned by successive Australian governments in seeking to understand the weird alchemy that enables successful research collaborations...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 26, 2018
The Australian government has opened the door to its fifth Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) in Adelaide to signal its ongoing commitment to provide platforms...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 26, 2018
The parliamentary committee tasked with reviewing the highly contentious encryption bill has found itself in the political cross-hairs, with the government cla...

Digital

Denham Sadler
November 22, 2018
The federal government’s just-released digital transformation strategy offers no real strategy or path towards achieving its lofty aims, according to for...

Special Report

James Riley
November 22, 2018
People advocating greater government involvement in directing university research programs should be careful what they wish for, according to CSIRO chief execu...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 21, 2018
The advisory body set up by the government to steer the Research and Development Tax Incentive has not met for more than 18 months, despite making major change...

Victorian Election

Denham Sadler
November 21, 2018
The Victorian opposition’s last-minute innovation policy push has been labelled “too little too late” by the state government, with the elect...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 21, 2018
The federal government has unveiled its Digital Transformation Strategy, declaring that all Commonwealth services will be available through digital channels by...

Civic Nation 2018

Seamus Byrne
November 21, 2018
The issues paper from InnovationAus.com ’s Civic Nation 2018 roundtable on National Identity & Cybersecurity has been released for download here , ex...

Civic Nation 2018

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 21, 2018
Data management and regulation issues in the Australian government sector were all key discussion points at the Data and Analytics Policy Strategy Session held a...

Civic Nation 2018

Seamus Byrne
November 21, 2018
The issues paper from InnovationAus.com ’s Civic Nation 2018 roundtable on Connected Communities & Gig Cities is now available for download , explori...

Civic Nation 2018

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 20, 2018
Artificial Intelligence ethical and legal frameworks, together with the struggle for local industry growth, were all key talking points at the AI Policy Strat...

Gig Economy

Denham Sadler
November 20, 2018
The Fair Work Commission has ruled that a sacked Foodora worker was unfairly dismissed and should have been classified as a worker, in another “major blo...

Research

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 19, 2018
Shadow industry minister Senator Kim Carr has accused the Morrison Government of robbing Peter to pay Paul over a decision to spent $134 million to improve stu...

Research

Denham Sadler
November 19, 2018
Australian governments at all levels must work together to foster “innovation precincts” and in the process improve public-private collaboration an...

Research

James Riley
November 19, 2018
Of all the great challenges facing Australian policy-makers in trying to build a better functioning innovation ecosystem, finding ways to encourage the success...

Research

Denham Sadler
November 15, 2018
A data-collecting drone and a fish identification technology are two recent projects that demonstrate the commercial importance of collaboration between public...

Rsearch

Denham Sadler
November 15, 2018
There are growing calls in the public and private sectors for the government to introduce a collaboration premium for the research and development tax incentiv...

Event

James Riley
November 14, 2018
Austrade chief executive Stephanie Fahey, NSW Finance Minister Victor Dominello and open banking review author Scott Farrell are among the headline speakers at...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 14, 2018
The admission that Foodora riders are “most likely workers” would act as a “lightning rod” for regulation of the gig economy around the...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 13, 2018
Industry Minister Karen Andrews has confirmed that the federal government’s Digital Economy Strategy is on track for release before the end of the year. ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 13, 2018
The government’s attempt to woo small businesses and startups with proposed changes to the employee share scheme has received a lukewarm reaction, with i...

Cyber Security

Denham Sadler
November 13, 2018
Australia risks lagging other jurisdictions in the regulation of Internet of Things devices to improve cybersecurity, according to Secure Logic chief executive...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 13, 2018
When an industry such as compliance software has been around for decades and it’s suddenly been given a new name such as RegTech, it must mean something ...

Gig economy

Denham Sadler
November 13, 2018
The federal government has denied it partnered with Deliveroo as part of a $1.4 million program aiming to push unemployed young Australians into the gig econom...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 8, 2018
Controversial changes to the R&D tax incentive are “ill-advised” and would do “untold damage to large sections of the Australian innovati...

Health

Denham Sadler
November 8, 2018
The federal government will introduce further amendments to the My Health Record system, caving to a number of the recommendations from the Labor-led Senate in...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
November 7, 2018
A “first of its kind” program supporting young entrepreneurs in Victoria has been forced to shut down after it was unable to secure further funding...

Skills

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 6, 2018
Industry and government may need to consider more ways to increase the growth rate of STEM qualifications, a new report released by Jobs for Queensland has war...

Skills

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 6, 2018
Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews says Australia needs to address where the skills shortages are now before the country looks to importin...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 5, 2018
The rejection of a  'flagship' Apple store in Sweden has buoyed a growing movement in Melbourne to block the tech giant’s plans to establish itself i...

TelcoLand

Denham Sadler
November 5, 2018
Australia’s competition watchdog has a clear message to the NBN for its upcoming battle against 5G: You’re on your own. In a speech to the RadCo...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
November 1, 2018
The Victorian government’s independent innovation agency has raised serious concerns about the federal government’s controversial encryption bill, ...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
October 30, 2018
Three significant surveys of the Australian startup sector have been released in the last week, with each painting a very different picture of the small indust...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 30, 2018
The Queensland government has pledged seed funding for a new artificial intelligence hub being built to address the skills shortage in the tech sector. As p...

StartupLand

James Riley
October 30, 2018
It must be getting close to time where we collectively reassess the way the nation surveys the growth or otherwise of the tech sector to ensure Australians are...

Space

Denham Sadler
October 30, 2018
Adelaide-based Internet of Things company Fleet Space Technologies will launch the first Australian commercial satellite into space from New Zealand in Novembe...

Cyber

Denham Sadler
October 30, 2018
More than two data breaches are being reported by Australian companies each day, with phishing attacks on the rise, according to the latest Office of the Austr...

Science

Denham Sadler
October 29, 2018
Too much attention is given to tech startups in Australia while successful, potentially lucrative science-based companies are often ignored, according to CSIRO...

Election

Denham Sadler
October 29, 2018
The Victorian opposition will create a new government role of a chief innovation officer to “drive commercialisation” if it wins next month’s...

Cyber Security

James Riley
October 29, 2018
It is clear that 2018 has been a watershed year for cyber security across the public sector. The federal government cyber apparatus been substantially restruct...

Data Economy

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 26, 2018
Balancing the demands of privacy and innovation is not impossible, according to Data Republic co-founder Danny Gilligan, and he is out to prove it. Data Rep...

Cyber Security

Denham Sadler
October 25, 2018
Damning audits of government departments and agencies do not paint the full picture of the state of play in public sector cyber security, according to Australi...

Copyright

Denham Sadler
October 25, 2018
The government’s new crackdown on online piracy is a “regulatory hallucinogen” that does not address the real issue, while further copyright ...
Denham Sadler
October 25, 2018
A likely heritage listing could derail the Victorian government plan to help tech giant Apple to establish a “flagship” store at Federation Square....

Policy

James Riley
October 24, 2018
The Australian National University in Canberra is the latest institution to jump on the space sector bandwagon, launching a new Institute of Space to act as a ...
Denham Sadler
October 23, 2018
The Digital Transformation Agency’s new chief executive has made bringing stability and leadership to the troubled organisation his key priority in an ef...

Identity

James Riley
October 23, 2018
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s deep-dive through the hidden recesses of the federal government’s digital identity program is a timely ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 23, 2018
The Digital Transformation Agency appears less than impressed with blockchain’s current capabilities after it was given $700,000 in budget funding to inv...

Health Records

Denham Sadler
October 22, 2018
The federal government’s series of amendments to improve the security and privacy of the My Health Record system are now unlikely to be passed before the...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
October 22, 2018
The number of active startups in Australia has declined along with the number of women involved with the sector, a “massively concerning” new repor...

Data Policy

James Riley
October 18, 2018
The ACCC has sharpened its focus on competition issues within the fast-emerging data economy and underscored a greater willingness to investigate inside the bl...

Skills

Denham Sadler
October 17, 2018
The first visa has been issued under the government’s new Global Talent Scheme, a quarter of the way into the 12-month pilot program. Queensland-based...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
October 17, 2018
Australia is “losing a race we should be winning” on AgTech, with local investment in the sector “dramatically behind” the rest of the ...

Trade

Denham Sadler
October 17, 2018
Politicians, regulators and industry heavyweights from across south-east Asia converged on Sydney this week to foster digital trade in the region. The Digit...

TelcoLand

Denham Sadler
October 17, 2018
The telecommunications industry has “turned a corner” with complaints dropping in recent months as a result of new regulations and a renewed focus ...

Cyber Security

From Aidan Tudehope
October 17, 2018
It is unfortunate Federal Government processes for certifying and classifying outsourced cloud services for use by Government has become a matter of controvers...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 17, 2018
The Labor opposition in NSW says that while the Berejiklian government’s digital strategy had gained some good momentum, there was still plenty that coul...

Cyber Security

Stuart Kennedy
October 16, 2018
The government document that rides herd over Federal agency cyber security has been on a wild ride this year. The normally staid process of updating what is...

Cyber Security

James Riley
October 16, 2018
Amazon Web Services will not build dedicated facilities in Canberra to host sensitive government data, and is instead seeking Australian Signals Directorate si...

Federation Square

Denham Sadler
October 15, 2018
The Victorian government kept plans for a flagship Apple store at Federation Square secret from the public and Melbourne Council to protect the tech giant&rsqu...

CyberSecurity

Denham Sadler
October 15, 2018
The federal opposition has urged for caution and proper consultation over the government’s contentious encryption bill. This led Home Affairs Minister...

Education

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 15, 2018
The University of NSW and Western Sydney University have partnered to build an engineering innovation hub in the heart of Parramatta in Sydney’s west to ...

Cyber policy

Denham Sadler
October 12, 2018
The federal government’s new encryption-busting legislation is needed to avoid the use of expensive third-party vendor products to get the job done, the ...

Cyber Security

Denham Sadler
October 10, 2018
The internet is at a “turning point” and further regulation could be needed to keep tech giants in line, communications minister Mitch Fifield has ...

StartupLand

James Riley
October 10, 2018
The industry’s thinking behind the development of the Central to Eveleigh Technology and Innovation Precinct is taking shape ahead on an expected formal ...

Cyber Policy

James Riley
October 9, 2018
There is an underlying thread in the global media coverage of the cyber security sector that we are all in constant peril, lurching from one crisis to another,...

Skills

Denham Sadler
October 9, 2018
The federal government’s flagship innovation visa has been “effectively halted” due to the recent political turmoil in Canberra, with no visa...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 9, 2018
The Victorian government is considering directly funding female founders and entrepreneurs, as a new investor education service is launched in the state. Sp...

Skills

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 9, 2018
Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have partnered to launch a Nokia 5G Skills Accelerator training facility at the UTS Botany Tech Lab and Ult...

Welfare

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 9, 2018
Data61 and Commonwealth Bank  (CBA) are on a research path to better understand the opportunities and constraints of a new kind of payment system known as ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 8, 2018
The federal government’s proposed encryption laws could lead to a “national tragedy” for Australia’s $3 billion information technology ...

State Election

Denham Sadler
October 5, 2018
The Victorian Opposition has taken the wraps off its first innovation-focused policy in the lead-up to next month’s election, pledging $9 million in star...

Policy

James Riley
October 5, 2018
Global cloud service giant Amazon Web Services has broken cover on the industry’s collective fight against the federal government’s encryption bill...

Civic Nation

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 4, 2018
A big part building societal trust in new technology like artificial intelligence systems is to have quality designers creating it, according to Ellen Broad, h...

Civic Nation

James Riley
October 4, 2018
Extracting economic value and social benefit from the emerging data economy would require a more centrally coordinated national data plan than is currently in ...

Data Policy

Denham Sadler
October 4, 2018
The government should heed the lessons from the controversial My Health Record launch in designing its new data sharing and release legislation, the Australian...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 4, 2018
An array of civil and digital rights organisations have joined forces with corporate giants in a global alliance to oppose the federal government’s contr...

Logistics

David McClure
October 3, 2018
Australian digital logistics firm Localz will push into the US next year after building a solid offshore market for its products in the UK where the company le...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
October 3, 2018
Victorian government innovation fund LaunchVic has splashed another significant funding round, with $4.8 million handed out to health-focused accelerator and e...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 3, 2018
The government will need to contribute significantly more resources to the nascent Australian space sector if it wants to get even close to achieving its goal ...

Civic Nation

Graeme Philipson
October 2, 2018
Self proclaimed ‘zillionaire’ Nick Hanauer says capitalism is in big trouble. The US tech entrepreneur says that wealthy people like him need to re...

Civic Nation

Andrew Colley
October 2, 2018
Australia’s digital government innovation efforts are still being hampered by a lack of public trust in the wake of a series of high-profile service fail...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
October 2, 2018
The Australian PropTech sector is approaching a “tipping point” and will follow in the successful footsteps of the burgeoning local FinTech industr...

Civic Nation

Andrew Colley
October 2, 2018
Government policy makers must make a stronger and more direct argument to win the social license needed to create a successful data-based economy, according to...

Cyber Security

Denham Sadler
October 2, 2018
The federal government has announced a two-month review into the current arrangements for the protection and management of identity information, with plans to ...

Civic Nation

Beverley Head
September 28, 2018
Federal and State governments should not ignore the lessons of the MyHealth record debate if they wish to win traction with the public for plans regarding a se...

Civic Nation

Graeme Philipson
September 28, 2018
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has a grand plan make his state Australia’s innovation leader within a decade. The centrepiece of the strateg...

Digital

Andrew Colley
September 26, 2018
NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello has foreshadowed structural changes in government that would bring its successful citizen-faci...

AI

David McClure
September 26, 2018
Australian organisations need to move more rapidly into using artificial intelligence applications to automate and augment manual processes, as well as skillin...

RegTech

Andrew Colley
September 26, 2018
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has revealed that it has set aside $6 million over two years to develop financial regulation technology (Re...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
September 26, 2018
The role and effectiveness of FinTech Australia has been questioned following the sudden departure of its CEO just four months in the role, with a prominent me...

Procurement

Denham Sadler
September 25, 2018
The Victorian government will spend $2.5 million on a new program to help open up procurement opportunities to the state’s tech startups. An accelerat...

Policy

Andrew Colley
September 25, 2018
Banks and other incumbent financial service providers putting themselves at risk by neglecting investment in their legacy business systems amid pressure to avo...

Space

James Riley
September 25, 2018
Strap yourselves in Australia, we’re going to the moon. The CSIRO has launched a space industry roadmap for nation that urges the industry in Australia t...

Civic Nation

Andrew Colley
September 25, 2018
The conversation around the digital innovation is normally about its endless potential to deliver productivity improvements and prosperity. However, at Civ...

Cyber Security

Denham Sadler
September 25, 2018
The federal government’s controversial encryption legislation has been referred to a joint committee for an inquiry, with only a three-week window for su...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 25, 2018
The Victorian government has thrown itself into the ongoing federal debate on the regulation of the gig economy with the launch of an “Australian-first&r...

Civic Nation

David McClure
September 25, 2018
Australia, like all other developed Nations, will see an immense increase in population in our cities over the next few decades. With this expansion we will fa...

StartupLand

Andrew Colley
September 25, 2018
When an estimated 4,000 delegates gather in Sydney next month for the nation’s largest conference devoted to the startup entrepreneur sector, they might ...

Cyber

Andrew Colley
September 24, 2018
CSIRO’s Data61 has entered a partnership with Munich-based secure hardware developer Hensoldt Cyber to provide an attack-resilient open source operating ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 24, 2018
The federal government should establish a central body to oversee long-term planning for the future of work, a senate committee has recommended. The select ...

FinTech

Denham Sadler
September 24, 2018
The imminent open banking scheme presents huge opportunities for Australian FinTechs, but comes with some very real risks, SocietyOne chief executive Mark Jone...

D61+Live

James Riley
September 20, 2018
There is a very 20th century melancholy hard-wired into the Australian psyche that has stood in the way of global opportunities for digital products and servic...

Digital ID

Andrew Ryan
September 19, 2018
The Commonwealth’s Digital Transformation Agency has been given the job of creating a digital identity framework for Australia. This Trusted Digital Iden...

Tech Precinct

Barney Glover
September 19, 2018
Globally significant innovation precincts, from Silicon Valley to Herzliya in Tel Aviv and Tech City in London, have their own momentum. They don’t just ...

CyberSecurity

Denham Sadler
September 19, 2018
The federal government’s controversial anti-encryption bill has been given the green light to be introduced to Parliament just a week after the submissio...

Health Records

Denham Sadler
September 19, 2018
Nearly one million Australians have opted out of the federal government’s My Health Record service halfway through the opt-out period, a senate inquiry h...

Space Race

Denham Sadler
September 18, 2018
The Victorian government has officially made its bid to host the Australian Space Agency, putting an emphasis on its advanced manufacturing and tech credential...

Trade

James Riley
September 18, 2018
The CSIRO’s data research group Data61 has taken a stab at quantifying the economy-wide opportunity for Australia presented by digital innovation and has...

Digital

James Riley
September 18, 2018
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has wasted no time convening a meeting of state and federal digital ministers, with the aim of knock-down obstacles to setting up...

Health Records

Denham Sadler
September 17, 2018
My Health Record will ‘fail’ unless it revert to an opt-in model and stricter access controls are implemented, the federal government’s forme...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 17, 2018
The Victorian government’s $60 million innovation fund has dished out $1.37 million to four programs looking to “strengthen entrepreneurship and st...

Digital

Denham Sadler
September 17, 2018
Government agencies are failing to upload data to the Digital Transformation Agency’s digital dashboard and many are not providing any information at all...

Policy

Andrew Colley
September 17, 2018
Government should take a leadership role in building the cultural and liveability infrastructure needed to develop innovation precincts, but more direct public...

Civic Nation

James Riley
September 14, 2018
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has joined the program at the innovation and social policy summit Civic Nation to deliver the opening keynote address....

Identity

Denham Sadler
September 12, 2018
The founder and general manager of Australia Post’s Digital iD program has left the organisation as the market-leading project faces funding cuts and a s...

Policy

James Riley
September 12, 2018
Australia has a rare opportunity to capture a disproportionately large proportion of emerging data economy, according to Reinventure Group co-founder and manag...

Charity

Andrew Colley
September 12, 2018
The Australian Computer Society says that its leap into the tech commercialisation space won’t impact its status as a charity status with the regulator, ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 12, 2018
The federal government’s controversial anti-encryption bill gives “extraordinary powers of unprecedented scope” and may serve to “under...

Skills

Denham Sadler
September 12, 2018
Improving gender diversity in Australia’s STEM workforce is an “economic necessity” that required a “cohesive, holistic and sustained a...

RegTech

James Riley
September 12, 2018
New South Wales Finance Minister Victor Dominello will deliver the 2018 ministerial keynote address at the InnovationAus.com RegTech forum, outlining the sta...

Policy

James Riley
September 11, 2018
Australian startups and fast growing tech companies raised more than $3.5 billion across more than 730 separate investments in the financial year to the end of...

Science Tech

Denham Sadler
September 10, 2018
Australia’s deep tech sector is facing a ‘huge’ talent gap as the country’s biggest incubator in the space looks to keep promising comp...

Smart cities

Andrew Colley
September 10, 2018
The Australia and New Zealand branch of the Smart Cities Council will release a paper next month to help state and local governments, and property developers u...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
September 10, 2018
The federal government’s long -awaited equity crowdfunding reforms are set to be passed by Parliament this week, a year after they were first introduced. ...

CyberSecurity

Denham Sadler
September 10, 2018
There has been a groundswell of attention and support for cybersecurity in the Victorian government, with recent high-profile breaches serving as a wake-up cal...

Policy

Prof Gillian Triggs
September 10, 2018
I believe we are living in divisive times. The people we have elected to lead us into the future seem unable to reach consensus on anything from immigration to...

StartupLand

James Riley
September 7, 2018
Australia’s Startup Muster is in the market for a new CEO following the departure of Julian Tol less than four months after being appointed to the role i...

StartupLand

James Riley
September 7, 2018
Steve Baxter is getting out of the accelerator business, selling River City Labs and its associated startup programs to – of all people – the Austr...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 6, 2018
The adoption of disruptive new technologies in Australia’s Pacific neighbors could help improve connectivity in the region and bridge the digital divide,...

Delivery

Andrew Colley
September 6, 2018
An Auditor-General’s review of a $313 million business transformation project at the Australian Bureau of Statistics aimed at reducing the risk of system...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 6, 2018
This weekend’s GovHack event is set to be the biggest yet, with thousands expected to unite to demonstrate the potentials and opportunities on offer thro...

SA Budget

Denham Sadler
September 6, 2018
The South Australian government has cut a number of tech and innovation-focused programs as part of a major shift away from grants-based industry assistance. ...

Digital ID

James Riley
September 5, 2018
The development of a workable framework for a co-ordinated approach to digital identity is proving to be a tough nut to crack. But there is at least now plenty...

Digital ID

Denham Sadler
September 5, 2018
The Reserve Bank of Australia has warned against an uncoordinated approach to digital identity, saying this would lead to “inefficiencies” and secu...

Digital ID

Andrew Colley
September 5, 2018
The NSW government is on track to have four million MyServiceNSW active online account holders by next year, improving the state’s case for evolving it f...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 4, 2018
The NSW government might be developing plans to invest $2 billion on new sporting stadiums in Sydney. But there are no concrete plans to build next-generation ...

CyberSecurity

James Riley
September 4, 2018
The political leadership of the Five Eyes’ law enforcement infrastructure has put the world’s tech giants on notice that governments expect them to...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 3, 2018
Industry groups from the tech and startup sectors must focus more on productive services for their members, rather than lobbying government for increased suppo...

Digital ID

Andrew Colley
September 3, 2018
It may not happen overnight , but Australia’s efforts to develop a universal digital identity to streamline and eliminate costs involved in hundreds, if n...

Digital ID

Denham Sadler
September 3, 2018
Focus has moved away from the Digital iD project at Australia Post, with a reduction in funding and staff changes, InnovationAus.com understands. Multiple...

Digital

Andrew Colley
September 3, 2018
Respected open data and government expert Pia Andrews (nee Waugh) has left one of the New Zealand government’s top innovation gigs to return to Australia...

Digital ID

James Riley
August 30, 2018
The Digital Transformation Agency remains an executive agency in the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio with no change to ministerial responsibility. This...

Digital ID

Mark Perry
August 30, 2018
Changes of Prime Minister, just like changes of government, can be a fraught time for business. The uncertainty created can be a confidence killer. It is notew...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 30, 2018
The Queensland government will review the state’s current innovation policy in a move to ensure any future programs are prepared for future economic, soc...

Pearcey Oration

Denham Sadler
August 29, 2018
The federal government would do better making “big bets” on technology and moonshot industries, rather than just dishing out startup grants as a ro...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 29, 2018
The Victorian Opposition has finally made its position known on the state government’s plans for a “flagship” Apple store at Federation Squar...

Open Data

Denham Sadler
August 29, 2018
There has been a real “sea change” in how individuals and governments understand data security and privacy this year but a major cultural shift is ...

Policy

James Riley
August 28, 2018
The reporting lines for key components of the Australian Government cyber security infrastructure remains unsettled following last week’s change of Prime...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 27, 2018
A new Prime Minister and a significantly different Cabinet would be “highly disruptive” to the government’s tech and innovation-focused agend...
David Havyatt
August 27, 2018
Scott Morrison, PM, B.Sc. Just let that sit for a while. Then ask, ‘is this our most STEM-qualified Cabinet ever?’ It might surprise people, but...

Policy

Mark Gregory
August 27, 2018
The Australian government has announced an effective ban on Chinese telecommunications vendors from participating in the 5G rollout. The outcome of this decisi...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 27, 2018
There’s no denying that Germany is an innovation powerhouse. But what is it that underpins Germany’s ability to consistently innovate across differ...

Politics

James Riley
August 26, 2018
The industry portfolio has been given a bit of nip and tuck with the removal of the word ‘innovation’ ahead of the beauty contest that is the loomi...

Politics

Denham Sadler
August 24, 2018
Treasurer and enthusiastic FinTech advocate Scott Morrison is Australia’s new Prime Minister after winning the Liberal Party leadership ballot on Friday ...

Politics

James Riley
August 24, 2018
Australia is 27 years into the longest period of continuous economic growth in the history human kind – as measured against an arcane set of dusty metric...

Politics

James Riley
August 23, 2018
That the federal government  banned Huawei from participating in the 5G network roll-out in Australia was hardly unexpected. It makes official what had bee...

Politics

Denham Sadler
August 23, 2018
The next Prime Minister of Australia will be decided on Friday afternoon after the Turnbull government sensationally shut down Parliament and called for a lead...

Civic Nation

David McClure
August 23, 2018
Big data streams and the analytics systems that can make sense of them are becoming easier to deploy due to the advent of cloud services, better tools and more...

Security

Denham Sadler
August 23, 2018
The federal government has banned Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE from participating in the Australian 5G network. Acting Home Affairs Minister Scott ...

Politics

Denham Sadler
August 23, 2018
A major cloud is now over the federal government’s tech and digital transformation agenda with a series of resignation offers from key ministers amid ong...

Cyber

Denham Sadler
August 22, 2018
Urgent action beyond just buying new equipment is needed to shore up the cybersecurity of Australia’s electoral system, the Opposition’s cyber spok...

Digital ID

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 22, 2018
The NSW government has announced phase two of its digital driver licence (DDL) pilot, ahead of a state wide roll-out next year. In phase two, more than 140,...

Health Records

Denham Sadler
August 22, 2018
The federal government has revealed amendments to the My Health Record service that it says “strengthen its already robust privacy framework” follo...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 22, 2018
Premier Steven Marshall’s newly-elected government in South Australia has scrapped the state’s startup support agency and axed its chief innovator ...

Digital

James Riley
August 22, 2018
Former Digital Transformation Agency chief Gavin Slater has joined established FinTech startup Nimble Australia as CEO with plans broaden the company's product...

Digital

Denham Sadler
August 21, 2018
Staff turnover at the Digital Transformation Agency has been raised as an issue as it revealed 340 staff had left the agency over an 18 months period – a...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 21, 2018
NSW Innovation and Productivity Council chair Neville Stevens has called for both sides of politics at state and federal to take a bipartisan approach to impro...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 21, 2018
While NSW leads the nation in startups and venture capital activity, it lags in government investment in R&D and university-industry collaboration, accordi...

Medical

Denham Sadler
August 21, 2018
The Victorian government has funded a blockchain project to secure medical records online, which could be applied to the controversial My Health Record service...

CyberSecurity

STEVE INGRAM
August 20, 2018
Intelligence sharing is critical to cybersecurity. Whether through peers or formal networks, organisations and cyber professionals rely on information from oth...

Open Data

James Riley
August 20, 2018
There are advantages in avoiding the bleeding edge of regulatory reform. This is the case in the Australian government’s drive toward an open banking reg...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 16, 2018
The boss of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s favourite secure messaging app has “grave concerns” about the government’s recently revea...

Innovation

Jared Mondschein
August 15, 2018
Innovation is about change and new thinking. You would hardly know that from the recent AFR Innovation Summit, which featured speakers making the same well-kno...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
August 15, 2018
The boss of Australia’s only “deep tech super incubator” has a simple message for the NSW government following the unveiling last week of pla...

AgriTech

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 15, 2018
Previously funded projects under the Commonwealth’s Rural R&D for Profit program get the chance at follow-on funding as part of round four of the gra...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 15, 2018
The controversial government plan to force tech companies to help law enforcement access the encrypted messages of customers is a “huge overreach” ...

eHealth

Denham Sadler
August 14, 2018
The federal opposition is pushing for a wide-ranging senate inquiry into the My Health Record service, with civil and digital rights advocates saying there are...

Policy

James Riley
August 14, 2018
David Thodey hopes to attract federal infrastructure funding to the just-announced Technology and Innovation Precinct in Sydney, and says the ambitious project...

Policy

Michael Sainsbury
August 13, 2018
The vocal 'anti-China' forces in Australia that the federal government is now attempting to counter – somewhat awkwardly – continue to view the techn...

Digital

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 13, 2018
The NSW government continues to push hard with its digital service delivery agenda, announcing on Monday that its Service NSW cost of living service is now live....

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 13, 2018
There are “significant” privacy, data security and transparency concerns surrounding the Victorian government’s sale of the land titles regis...

CyberSecurity

Denham Sadler
August 13, 2018
Australian military veterans will be trained as cybersecurity experts in the Department of Human Services as part of a new government program. The federal g...

CyberSecurity

James Riley
August 10, 2018
In the most significant speech of his political career, Angus Taylor has outlined a fundamental re-making of Australia’s cyber security strategy through ...

Digital ID & data

STUART KENNEDY
August 9, 2018
The Federal government has made Deborah Anton the country’s first National Data Commissioner as the list of government data privacy challenges becomes ev...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 9, 2018
The government is set to unveil its digital economy strategy in the coming months, but delays in releasing the report have been slammed by the Opposition. T...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 9, 2018
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) says the Queensland government’s decision to establish a Skills Working Group to help oversee traditional...

Cloud

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 9, 2018
Macquarie Telecom’s Sydney co-location Intellicentre 3 (IC3) datacentre campus at Macquarie Park is getting an $80 million upgrade as the broad migration...

Policy

James Riley
August 9, 2018
An “unprecedented” heritage -listing of Federation Square could put the Victorian government plan for a ‘flagship’ Apple Store in jeopar...

Trade

Michael Sainsbury
August 8, 2018
Malcolm Turnbull has delivered a sometimes gushing pro-China speech at the University of NSW in Sydney, just two days after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 7, 2018
The New South Wales government has announced initial plans for a potentially vast new tech precinct in central Sydney – to be “Australia’s Si...

Huawei

Denham Sadler
August 7, 2018
Australia risks being “left out in the cold” and vulnerable to large-scale cyberattacks if it does not establish a telecommunications security assu...

Huawei

Denham Sadler
August 7, 2018
Huawei Australia’s cyber chief has blamed “unsubstantiated speculation” for why the company is staring down the barrel of being banned from p...

Research

Paul R. Sanberg
August 6, 2018
Earlier this year, I had a remarkable opportunity to spend three weeks in Australia – a nation that was my home when I earned my doctorate at the Austral...

Civic Nation

James Riley
August 6, 2018
Seattle-based billionaire entrepreneur, author and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer will deliver a keynote address to InnovationAus.com ’s Civic Nation ...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 3, 2018
The Queensland Government is calling on small business owners and early stage startups with fewer than 20 employees to take part in new consultation panels to ...

Identity

Joshua Gliddon
August 3, 2018
For several years, the DTA has been working on getting its version of digital identity right. When it goes into public beta later this year, the Trusted Digita...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 3, 2018
The federal government has agreed to make a series of changes to the controversial My Health Record service in the face of widespread public criticism and deba...

Space

Denham Sadler
August 3, 2018
Sydney-based space company Saber Astronautics has secured a $1 million-plus defence contract to roll out an electronic signals damage detection technology. ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 1, 2018
The federal government will make a series of changes to the controversial My Health Record service in the face of widespread public criticism and debate. In...

Policy

Denham Sadler
July 31, 2018
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner was notified of more than two data breaches per day in the last quarter as part of the new notification s...

Policy

Denham Sadler
July 31, 2018
The federal government is over-reliant on the R&D tax incentive as its core innovation support policy and should instead focus on direct initiatives like g...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 31, 2018
Industry and Innovation Minister Michaelia Cash says the federal government’s role in Australia’s startup ecosystem is as an “enabler” ...

AI

Denham Sadler
July 31, 2018
The federal opposition has pledged $3 million for the creation of a new Artificial Intelligence not-for-profit research centre that would focus on issues of et...

Research

Denham Sadler
July 30, 2018
Emerging technologies have the potential to greatly impact basic human rights and governments must step up to regulate their use, Australian artificial intelli...

Policy

Denham Sadler
July 30, 2018
Australia’s most powerful doctors' group is urging the Commonwealth to clarify the contradictions between its assertions that no medical information...

China

Michael Sainsbury
July 27, 2018
Facebook has been bending over every which way to somehow get back into China after the country’s so-called Great Firewall was significantly jacked up in...

TelcoLand

Graeme Philipson
July 26, 2018
The debate about Huawei’s role in Australia’s looming 5G build-out is not going away any time soon. The key issues were outlined in high relief at ...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 26, 2018
The talent shortage in Australia’s technology market is not new, but what has slipped under the radar is an additional gap in the supply of non-technical...

TelcoLand

Michael Sainsbury
July 24, 2018
Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies has stepped up its efforts to participate in the upcoming roll-out of 5G networks in Australia by adding M...

Federation Square

Denham Sadler
July 24, 2018
A complete redesign of the proposed flagship Apple store at Federation Square in Melbourne has failed to win over the many critics of the controversial plan. ...

Digital

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 24, 2018
Anyone who has watched the series of technology failures across the Commonwealth in the past couple of years – from the Census fail, to ATO outages, to C...

Data policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 24, 2018
Technology giants Google , Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter have jointly announced an open-source Data Transfer Project (DTP) designed to allow individuals to d...

Data policy

James Riley
July 24, 2018
Former Digital Transformation Office chief executive Paul Shetler says it’s not too late to reset the troubled My Health Record project, and that there a...

TelcoLand

David McClure
July 24, 2018
Chinese telecommunications company Huawei can afford to take a “long view of history” according to the company’s US chief security officer. ...

Health Records

Denham Sadler
July 23, 2018
The agency behind the federal government’s troubled My Health Record service is continuing to maintain that it would not hand over sensitive medical info...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 19, 2018
Australia’s global innovation ranking has improved, moving up three places in the Global Innovation Index 2018 co-authored by Cornell University, INSEA...

Policy

Denham Sadler
July 18, 2018
Federal Labor will crack down on the gig economy and the casualisation of workers if it wins the next election, Opposition leader Bill Shorten said during a by...

Policy

Denham Sadler
July 18, 2018
The potential benefits of Australian government open data initiatives are being overshadowed by a lack of adequate protections and security, a new report has f...

Encryption

Denham Sadler
July 18, 2018
A number of international tech companies, organisations and experts have joined in the fight against the Australian government’s decryption push, saying ...

VC

Denham Sadler
July 18, 2018
The amount of venture capital invested in Australia has soared to a record high, but with a lower number of deals there are concerns about a remaining funding ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
July 17, 2018
The federal opposition and Greens have backed a call from tech giant Microsoft for governments around the world to regulate the use of facial recognition techn...

Enterprise

James Riley
July 16, 2018
Businesses must find a workable balance between digital-inspired initiatives and existing technology operations if they’re to avoid the downside of futur...

AI policy

DENHAM SADLER
July 16, 2018
The regulation of artificial intelligence ethics is now a “live political issue”, with several heavyweight players calling for urgent action on the...

Digital health

DENHAM SADLER
July 16, 2018
A significant data breach involving the federal government’s My Health Record is “just a matter of time”, digital rights advocates argue, as ...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
July 16, 2018
Australian government cannot afford to “tinker” with innovation, it must be much braver says Michelle Blum, CEO of the Australia Israel Chamber of ...

Privacy

DENHAM SADLER
July 16, 2018
Victoria’s privacy watchdog has raised a series of data and security concerns over the controversial sale of the state’s land titles registry. T...

Cyber

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
July 11, 2018
When former Assistant Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan addressed the National Press Club back in 2016, he warned about the need to prepare for an imminent...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
July 10, 2018
LaunchVic has learned from last year’s 500 Startups mess, chief executive Kate Cornick said, as the Victorian government body revealed how the funding re...

CyberSecurity

James Riley
July 10, 2018
The Australian Signals Directorate executive at the centre of an internal brawl over Microsoft’s Azure and Office365 cloud services being granted Protect...

Telco

DENHAM SADLER
July 9, 2018
The federal government’s plans to potentially scrap the telecommunications ombudsman and significantly change the complaints process have been slammed by...

Open banking

DAVID MCCLURE
July 9, 2018
Australia has begun its trek towards an open banking regime but has a lot to learn from the UK, which is much further down the open banking track. A group o...

Google HQ

DENHAM SADLER
July 9, 2018
Google has opened a new office in Melbourne as state governments continue to tussle over who will play host to the tech giant’s local headquarters. Th...

Foreign aid

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
July 9, 2018
One of the most effective ways for Australia to engage with the Indo-Pacific region on international aid is through external collaboration, according to Depart...

Policy

James Riley
July 9, 2018
A year ago, a federal ICT Procurement Taskforce recommended that individual contracts with suppliers last no longer than three years and carry a maximum value ...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 5, 2018
The federal government wants the right to make more of the citizen data it collects publicly available and sharable for a range of purposes – including r...

Open banking

James Riley
July 4, 2018
The fifteen members of a key advisory body that will help shape data standards that will underpin the Consumer Data Right and the looming open banking regime h...

Policy

David McClure
July 4, 2018
A high powered group of technology executives from government and the private sector say that in the fast moving game of digital transformation care needs to b...

Media

DENHAM SADLER
July 4, 2018
Australia’s “world-first” inquiry into the impact of digital platforms on the media is looking to address “one of the defining question...

Health records

DENHAM SADLER
July 4, 2018
The federal government has revealed how it will spend $8.5 million on a number of test cases for the use of data from My Health Record as it continues efforts ...

Gaming

DENHAM SADLER
July 4, 2018
A senate inquiry has been launched into “loot boxes” in video games, with the potential for the controversial mechanisms to be regulated or complet...

Qld govt

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
July 4, 2018
The Queensland government is marking the return of its Testing Within Government (TWiG) program for the third consecutive year with a call-out to tech SMEs for...

Skills

DENHAM SADLER
July 2, 2018
The federal government’s new innovation visa pilot program has officially kicked off, allowing Australian companies to offer four-year visas to highly-sk...

R&D tax

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
July 2, 2018
The federal government has introduced draft legislation for public comment as first steps to amend the existing research and development tax incentive (R&D...

Space

DENHAM SADLER
July 2, 2018
Australia’s first ever national space agency has officially launched in a major milestone for the burgeoning local sector. The Australian Space Agency...

Cyber

DENHAM SADLER
July 2, 2018
Government departments and agencies are still failing to implement the baseline cyber security requirements, leaving them “vulnerable” to potential...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 29, 2018
The Australian government quietly passed the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 on Wednesday, but it did not go through without scrutiny altoget...

Senate Report

DENHAM SADLER
June 27, 2018
There has been a “litany of failures largely unprecedented in scale” in the federal government’s digital transformation efforts, with a need ...

Senate Report

James Riley
June 27, 2018
Government members of the Senate committee investigating digital service delivery in government have written a robust and lengthy dissenting report defending...

China

James Riley
June 27, 2018
Australia cannot simply isolate itself from technology and innovation originating from China and the rest of Asia without potentially damaging the nation&rsquo...

Data sharing

DENHAM SADLER
June 27, 2018
A review has been launched into a Perth startup’s practice of sharing its users’ medical information with law firms, with doctors and civil rights ...

Govt services

DENHAM SADLER
June 27, 2018
A high-profile breach of a digital property exchange service has sparked backlash against state governments’ moves to digitise essential services and cou...

Defence

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 26, 2018
A new defence and aerospace industry development fund is to be established to help local SMEs access defence contracts both directly and through supply chain o...

Digital

James Riley
June 26, 2018
The resignation of Digital Transformation Agency chief Gavin Slater highlights the curiously circular thinking behind government’s ambitions to deliver b...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
June 25, 2018
New South Wales’ State Librarian, John Vallance, has a frankly astringent view of the state of Australian innovation. “The whole concept of inno...

Science

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 25, 2018
Government has won bipartisan support from Labor for an increase in the spending cap for the Australian research grants scheme. South Australian Labor MP Ni...

Centrelink

Denham Sadler
June 25, 2018
Increased automation and digitisation in government welfare services had “shifted the burden” onto the community sector and hurting Australia&rsquo...

Government

Denham Sadler
June 25, 2018
The Victorian government ICT dashboard relied on incomplete or inaccurate data that is reported too late, putting the integrity of the entire service at risk, ...

Digital

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 22, 2018
Gavin Slater will step down as the chief executive of the Digital Transformation Agency at end of the month.  Mr Slater, a Melbournian, has had to face...

TelcoLand

Michael Sainsbury
June 20, 2018
One of the many things that the National Broadband Network has done is to finally torpedo Telstra’s grand bargain with the Australian government. Once...

TelcoLand

DENHAM SADLER
June 20, 2018
Politicians from both sides of the political spectrum have reacted with “shock” and “disappointment” at news of Telstra’s major r...

Space

DENHAM SADLER
June 20, 2018
Adelaide-based  startup Fleet Space Technologies is set to launch Australia’s first commercial nanosatellites this year as the local sector continues...

Senate report

DENHAM SADLER
June 20, 2018
A Senate report on the federal government’s series of “tech wrecks” has been delayed again following the shuttering of another high-profile I...

NSW Budget

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
June 20, 2018
The NSW government has announced the NSW Generations Fund (NGF), a world-first sovereign wealth fund designed to help the government maintain long-term sustain...

Gaming

DENHAM SADLER
June 19, 2018
The UN health agency’s decision to list gaming addiction as a mental health condition for the first time has been criticised by Australian game developer...

NSW budget

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
June 19, 2018
New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has confirmed the state budget, the last before NSW voters goes to the polls next March, comes in at a surplus of $...

Robotics

DENHAM SADLER
June 18, 2018
Australia must “urgently” invest in robotics if it wants to remain globally competitive and secure a potential $2.2 trillion in benefits thanks to ...

Millennials

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
June 18, 2018
A study has revealed that millennials are less entrepreneurial than other generations even though some the most successful people are part of that generation &...

Govt digital delivery

DENHAM SADLER
June 18, 2018
A senate report into the federal government's delivery of IT services will be handed down on Tuesday in the wake of another troubled tech project being shut do...

Driverless cars

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
June 18, 2018
The NSW government has announced it will set aside $10 million as part of the state budget, which will announced on Tuesday, to expand trials of driverless car...

Government

Denham Sadler
June 15, 2018
A $90 million government biometrics project run by NEC Australia has been scrapped following continual delays, an overblown budget and the prospects of an audi...

Biometrics

DENHAM SADLER
June 14, 2018
An investigation has been launched into the suspended biometrics project that NEC Australia was doing for the Australian Crime Intelligence Commission. The ...

CSIRO

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
June 14, 2018
‘C’ is for collaboration and commercialisation: two things Australia is miserably failing in, even though our science and research is top notch, ac...

Gig economy

DENHAM SADLER
June 14, 2018
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched legal proceedings against food delivery giant Foodora in what will be a major test case for the under-fire gig economy in ...

Space

DENHAM SADLER
June 14, 2018
While the states are gearing up for the competition to host the newly-established space agency, support for the emerging space sector has provided a rare momen...

Space

James Riley
June 14, 2018
Australia is late to the party in relation to the space sector, according to the newly-appointed Australian Government space tsar Megan Clark, but we’ve ...

China influence

ANDREW COLLEY
June 14, 2018
The federal government’s decision to jointly fund a $200 million undersea cable linking the Solomon Islands and Australia that freezes out initial contra...

Space

DENHAM SADLER
June 14, 2018
Victoria has thrown its hat in the ring to host the Australian Space Agency, with the state government playing on its advanced manufacturing and science creden...

TelcoLand

Andrew Colley
June 14, 2018
The federal government’s decision to jointly fund a $200 million undersea cable linking the Solomon Islands and Australia – a move that has seen Ch...

Biometrics

DENHAM SADLER
June 12, 2018
The federal government’s digital verification plans are in disarray after the national crime intelligence commission’s troubled biometrics project ...

Quantum

STUART KENNEDY
June 12, 2018
Quantum computing is occupying the minds of many crack research teams both here and around the globe, but after a long and over-hyped gestation the technology ...

QLD

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
June 12, 2018
Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad’s first state budget since she was shuffled into the role at the end of last year has revealed the state government is r...

NBN

MARK GREGORY
June 8, 2018
In a submission to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the National Broadband Network inquiry into the NBN in regional and remote areas, the WA government has...

Science

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 8, 2018
Innovation and Science Australia’s 2030 Report recently proposed a ‘National Mission’ on focused on genomic research that had the ultimate ai...

CyberSecurity

James Riley
June 7, 2018
The Australian Signals Directorate is already taking heavy fire for a perception that Microsoft was not required to meet the same stringent security criteria...

Growth centres

Denham Sadler
June 6, 2018
The government is spending $450,000 on a new two-month communications campaign for its industry growth centres after a survey found there was a “low awar...

Digital rights

Denham Sadler
June 6, 2018
The Federal government’s assertions that its new encryption-cracking legislation won’t create a backdoor in encrypted communications is “ludi...

R&D

James Riley
June 6, 2018
Entrepreneurs and scientists share optimism as a common and defining trait and so it is quite likely that Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel –...

Fintech

Denham Sadler
June 6, 2018
The FinTech industry body has criticised the government and consumer groups over delays to new comprehensive credit reporting laws, with the legislation now re...

NBN

Andrew Colley
June 6, 2018
NBN Co was doomed to be a “financial disaster” regardless of whether it used Labor’s all-fibre model or the current multi-technology mix, res...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
June 6, 2018
The most effective way to stimulate innovation investment is through corporate tax cuts according to Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive,...

CyberSecurity

James Riley
June 5, 2018
Australian Signals Directorate chief Mike Burgess has confirmed a new draft of the Commonwealth’s Information Security Manual is being circulated across ...

China influence

Denham Sadler
June 4, 2018
The boss of Huawei Australia has hit back at calls from both sides of Parliament for the Chinese-owned telco to be banned from any involvement in the country&r...

Policy

Denham Sadler
June 1, 2018
The federal government has serious questions to answer over its “seismic policy shift” on the cloud services accreditation program, shadow digital ec...

Tax policy

Denham Sadler
June 1, 2018
Shadow innovation minister Kim Carr has gone on the attack over the government’s response to the ISA 2030 report, accusing the Coalition of “budget...

Science

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 1, 2018
The NSW government has announced that robotics expert Hugh Durrant-Whyte will take over the role as NSW chief scientist and engineer from September 3. Mr Durr...

Space

Denham Sadler
June 1, 2018
The competition between states and territories to host the Australian space agency is heating up, despite concerns the rivalries may undermine the agency’s...

Policy

James Riley
May 31, 2018
Overlooked in the detail of the mainstream battle over the future of the tax system in Australia is a Labor plan to force multinational companies to details th...

Human rights

Beverley Head
May 30, 2018
Kriti Sharma is not a man and she is not white. She’s experienced artificial intelligence bias as a result and is campaigning to stamp it out. “...

Space

DENHAM SADLER
May 30, 2018
The South Australian government is set to meet with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to discuss the state’s potential role in the aerospace company’s ...

Policy

Andrew Colley
May 30, 2018
The Health department says  data from the federal MyHealth Record service could be made available for commercial medical research purposes, even while it r...

Defence

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
May 30, 2018
Australia’s freshly-minted Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Trusted Autonomous Systems has a stakeholder base that spans the continent and w...

RoboDebt

Denham Sadler
May 30, 2018
Australia’s national privacy office has ruled that individuals should “reasonably expect” the government will release sensitive personal data...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 30, 2018
The federal government has appointed four ‘innovation facilitators’ across regional Australia to help regional incubators and startups through the ...

Digital

Denham Sadler
May 29, 2018
Electronic voting will be in action in the House of Representatives within the federal Parliament from next year, with government on the verge of opening a ten...

Digital

James Riley
May 29, 2018
Frustrated by the Digital Transformation Agency’s lack of progress on its Digital Marketplace platform, the NSW Government’s decision to go it alon...

Privacy

DENHAM SADLER
May 28, 2018
An inquiry has been launched into the Victorian government’s plan to sell the state’s land titles registry amid “serious concerns” over...

Cloud Security

James Riley
May 28, 2018
A quite fundamental shift in Australian Government cyber security policies and practices was on public display last week through Senate estimates, with revelat...

Privacy

DENHAM SADLER
May 28, 2018
The government’s funding and resourcing of its national data and privacy office has been questioned again, as it was revealed that there are only five st...

Awards

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
May 28, 2018
Former Year 12 student from Sydney’s Barker College Oliver Nicholls has just been crowned the winner of the Gordon E. Moore Award at the Intel Internatio...

Capital

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 25, 2018
While the federal opposition has welcomed the investment of Future Fund money into local VC firm Blackbird, shadow digital economy spokesman Ed Husic says Labo...

eHealth

DENHAM SADLER
May 23, 2018
Digital rights advocates are calling on Australians to opt-out of the My Health Record service after labelling the government’s approach to the digital s...

Space

ANDREW COLLEY
May 23, 2018
Blue Origin, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ ambitious, privately-funded aerospace venture company has formally invited the Federal Government’s...

R&D

James Riley
May 23, 2018
The federal government has quietly released its lukewarm response to the Bill Ferris led Innovation and Science Australia 2030 strategy, offering support for j...

Ethics

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
May 23, 2018
Conversations around ethics may have always been complex but it’s about to get a lot more complicated when artificial intelligence (AI) gets thrown into ...

Privacy

DENHAM SADLER
May 23, 2018
The government has finally recognised the importance of data and security but has no effective strategy to oversee it, creating widespread confusion in Canberr...

Gig Economy

Beverley Head
May 23, 2018
Forget the stereotype of the millennial choosing to work in the gig economy for the flexibility it offers – the chief economist for leading online job si...

Blockchain

Denham Sadler
May 22, 2018
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull personally asked the Digital Transformation Agency to investigate the potential to provide government services on the blockchai...

Digital

Denham Sadler
May 22, 2018
Digital Transformation Agency chief executive Gavin Slater has marked his first day back on the job following a leave of absence with an appearance before a fi...

Policy

Denham Sadler
May 21, 2018
The Greens have thrown down the gauntlet on the gig economy, placing pressure on the government and Opposition to back new regulations to ensure minimum wage a...

Policy

James Riley
May 21, 2018
Wyatt Roy is again being mentioned in dispatches, with his old Queensland seat of Longman in play courtesy of the federal parliament’s citizenship drama....

Trade

Stuart Kennedy
May 21, 2018
Delegates at the recent ASEAN-Australia Business Summit 2018 have reported on how Australia can better engage with its $2.7 trillion trading partner. ASEAN ...

Black Economy

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 21, 2018
The Turnbull government has released a consultation paper outlining how it plans to strengthen the Commonwealth’s procurement processes so that “co...

TelcoLand

Mark Gregory
May 21, 2018
Telstra and NBN Co have both posted poor performance figures in recent weeks and if NBN Co was a listed company its share price would be mirroring the spectacu...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
May 18, 2018
The Ethics Centre is testing a framework designed to steer business decision-making around innovation and invention, in a bid to ensure that in the race to tra...

Software

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 18, 2018
Australia chief scientist Alan Finkel has proposed an agreed set of ethical standards for artificial intelligence be imposed on companies to protect consumers ...

Budget 2018

Denham Sadler
May 17, 2018
The federal budget did not provide a clear direction or funding path for future of work issues in preparing the Australian workforce for digital disruption, ac...

CyberSecurity

Stuart Kennedy
May 17, 2018
The Turnbull government’s slow off the blocks Joint Cyber Security Centre program will hoist its flag in Hobart and Darwin, as Federal cyber czar Alastai...

Research

Denham Sadler
May 17, 2018
The federal government has detailed its $2 billion, 12-year national research infrastructure investment plan, marking the “next step of the innovation an...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
May 17, 2018
Anger is growing over “farcical” delays to passing the equity crowdfunding bill that would extend the regime to private Australian companies, with ...

Education

Denham Sadler
May 16, 2018
The federal government has outlined how it will spend $4.5 million to encourage more women and girls to pursue a career in STEM, with funding going towards a 1...
ANDREW RYAN
May 16, 2018
The cyber security threat landscape is changing faster than businesses and their security teams can keep up. The challenge is compounded by the a genuine skill...

Policy

Stuart Kennedy
May 16, 2018
Federal government agency attitudes around cloud computing security have flipped from negative to positive in just three years according to a new survey of 45 ...

Digital

Beverley Head
May 16, 2018
NSW Finance Minister Victor Dominello has put the state's 128 local councils on notice that they will in future be required to provide real time updates about ...

Budget 2018

Stuart Kennedy
May 14, 2018
Australia’s science and innovation community has been dudded by the Coalition’s 2018 budget reform of the R&D Tax Incentive scheme, with much l...

Space

Denham Sadler
May 14, 2018
Australia’s national space agency will be up and running from July, but the federal government is yet to decide where it will be based as concerns over i...

Research

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 14, 2018
Data61 has opened the doors to its new Immersive Environments Lab to focus on research and develop in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and 3D web ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
May 14, 2018
While the government’s unveiling of a framework and timeline for an opening scheme marked an important milestone, the hard work is still to come, UK Bank...

Renewables

Denham Sadler
May 14, 2018
If Australia had a more consistent energy policy, Vivid Technology’s strategy to commercialise its technology might have had a different outcome. The ...

Budget 2018

Denham Sadler
May 10, 2018
FinTechs left disappointed by a lack of further open banking announcements in Tuesday’s budget only had to wait until the next day for the big reveal. ...

Privacy

Denham Sadler
May 10, 2018
The Senate has passed a Greens motion calling on the government to bring Australia’s “woefully inadequate” privacy laws into line with Europe...

Budget 2018

Denham Sadler
May 10, 2018
This week’s federal budget confirmed that government had rejected its own innovation agenda, while changes to the R&D scheme may force early-stage te...

Budget 2018

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 10, 2018
Treasurer Scott Morrison's budget speech did not directly mention the Innovation and Science Australia 2030 Strategic Plan, but the Budget papers do partially ...

Broadband

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 10, 2018
NBN Co may have posted what it calls “solid” third-quarter results, with a 112 per cent increase in total revenue to $1.4 billion for the nine mont...

CyberSecurity

David McClure
May 10, 2018
Australia is progressing on its national cyber defence but what remains missing is a strong, threat intelligence sharing platform that rises above the informal...

Budget 2018

Denham Sadler
May 10, 2018
The federal government’s controversial robo-debt data matching scheme has been further funded despite revelations the program has so far only just recove...

Budget 2018

James Riley
May 8, 2018
Treasurer Scott Morrison has given the R&D Tax Incentive a $2.4 billion haircut and promised to crackdown on what government says has been a misuse of the ...

Budget 2018

Andrew Colley
May 8, 2018
As the Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the final flourishes on his election budget speech last night, the pragmatic negativity among delegates at Innovatio...

Budget 2018

Denham Sadler
May 8, 2018
The federal government has dished out funding for supercomputers, drones, FinTech and online safety awareness campaigns as part of its federal budget. Deliv...

Budget 2018

Denham Sadler
May 8, 2018
The federal government will dish out $260 million to satellite infrastructure and more accurate global positioning system (GPS) technologies in Australia in an...

Budget 2018

Denham Sadler
May 8, 2018
The federal government will provide just $26 million over four years to establish Australia’s first national space agency, despite high-profile industry ...

Budget 2018

James Riley
May 8, 2018
The Digital Transformation Agency will take charge of a $92 million budget allocation in the 2018/19 financial year to accelerate the implementation of its Gov...

Budget 2018

Denham Sadler
May 8, 2018
The federal government is to go ahead with two $500 million, ‘groundbreaking’ national missions that were recommended by Innovation and Science Aus...

Budget 2018

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 8, 2018
The federal government may have promised an investment of more than $2.4 billion into Australia’s public science and technology infrastructure, but ventu...

Digital

Denham Sadler
May 8, 2018
The acting head of the Commonwealth’s Digital Transformation Agency has been forced to defend CEO Gavin Slater’s leave of absence before a Senate c...

Budget 2018

James Riley
May 8, 2018
Policy-makers trying to light a fuse under deep tech commercialisation in this country could do worse than take a stroll through Cicada Innovations in Sydney a...

Budget 2018

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 7, 2018
Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie’s views on the precarious state of Australia’s economy are well known, and he is now urging Treasurer Scott Morrison to ...

Budget 2018

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 7, 2018
The Coalition government had been a strong supporter of the local FinTech and RegTech sectors, and naturally the sectors’ two industry associations are h...

CyberSecurity

David McClure
May 7, 2018
Where is our data and how is it managed? That’s the fundamental cyber question Australian boards and senior managers need to ask as the regulatory enviro...

Budget 2018

ANDREW RYAN
May 7, 2018
The federal government is expected to provide $50 million to the national space agency in this week’s budget, but one of the country’s most vocal a...

Budget 2018

Stuart Kennedy
May 4, 2018
Reform of how Australia’s R&D tax incentive scheme is administered for startups sits at the top of the Budget wish-list for two peak tech industry gr...

StartupLand

James Riley
May 4, 2018
Industry policy-makers had become “too obsessed” with the importance of STEM skills to the jobs of the future and overlooked humanities at their pe...

Budget 2018

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 4, 2018
Ahead of next week’s budget , Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) commissioner John Price has suggested that in order for it to effect...

Policy

Mark Gregory
May 4, 2018
A decision whether Chinese telecommunication companies will be prevented from selling telecommunications equipment in the United States is expected soon. Th...

Budget 2018

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 4, 2018
If Australia’s AgTech sector gets a single mention in next week’s budget, it can only signal good news, according SproutX co-founder Andrew Lai. ...

StartupLand

ANDREW RYAN
May 3, 2018
With a decade in Silicon Valley under her belt, Jennifer Zanich knows her way around startup culture, entrepreneurship and venture capital. She has recently...

Identity

ANDREW RYAN
May 3, 2018
Australia is on the precipice of getting digital identity right. After various attempts at one identity to rule them all with efforts such as MyGov, the rise o...
Identity

Cloud

James Riley
May 2, 2018
As a career public servant, Jane Halton rose to become one of Australia’s most powerful Mandarins, spending more than a decade as Health secretary, befor...

Education

Beverley Head
May 1, 2018
A cloud-based student assessment tool to support teachers; a universal student identifier that tracks children through 13 years of school; and data-driven inno...

Cyber

David McClure
May 1, 2018
Cyber awareness among Australian businesses has improved over the last two years, but it still may take the first widely publicised example of a company being ...

Capital

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 1, 2018
South Australia saw a seven-fold increase in total investment funding during the 2018 March quarter, according the latest funding report from Techboard . T...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
April 30, 2018
The Australian Stock Exchange is by its own admission standing at the bleeding edge of innovation with a blockchain-based replacement for its post trade settle...

STEM

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 30, 2018
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Princeton, and Berkeley were just some of the top universities that the University of New South Wales (UN...

Budget Insider

ANDREW RYAN
April 30, 2018
With the political wrangling over corporate tax cuts – specifically the difficulties the Turnbull Government has faced in attempting to move rates from 3...

Security

Stuart Kennedy
April 26, 2018
Euro-trotting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been busy on the cyber front, signing Australia up to NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excell...

Identity

ANDREW RYAN
April 26, 2018
The Cambridge Analytica scandal , where the Facebook histories and personal records of more than 87 million people were extracted and used potentially for polit...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 26, 2018
The cost to taxpayers of government industry support measures continues to balloon, according to the Productivity Commission’s latest Trade and Assistanc...

EnergyTech

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 26, 2018
The National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has entered into the final design stage, following discussions by the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Energ...

StartupLand

Beverley Head
April 26, 2018
Venture capital funding has provided a war chest for Canva, allowing it to buy online presentation business Zeetings. The three-year old Sydney based Zeetin...

Interview

Stuart Kennedy
April 24, 2018
CSIRO chief Larry Marshall has admitted Australia needs to lift its game in the light of a damning report card on patent filing, and has put up CSIRO’s h...

Policy

Stuart Kennedy
April 24, 2018
The growing influence of AI powered systems on our daily lives has got governments keen to be on top of the AI wave rather than paddling furiously to catch up....

R&D

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 24, 2018
Work to transform the Commonwealth Games Village to form part of a 200-hectare Gold Coast health and knowledge precinct (GCHKP), which has been in development ...

Identity

ANDREW RYAN
April 24, 2018
Creating a single identity for Australians has long been a complex issue with the potential for significant backlash from the public when handled poorly. Th...

Security

James Riley
April 19, 2018
It’s only two years since the federal government launched its cyber security strategy, but the nation’s former spy chief David Irvine says Australi...

R&D

Stuart Kennedy
April 19, 2018
Australia’s number one generator of intellectual property by patent applications in 2017 was poker machine king Aristocrat Technologies. The gambling ...

Security

Stuart Kennedy
April 17, 2018
As Russia gets pinged throughout the western world for going rogue on cyber, Australia’s freshly minted Cyber Ambassador has called for greater internati...

Skills

Denham Sadler
April 17, 2018
A newly released Treasury research paper has found that migration has a net positive impact on the economy and leads to increased innovation in businesses. ...

Manufacturing

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 17, 2018
When Holden, Ford, Toyota, and Mitsubishi began shuttering their plants permanently in this country, it was an “absolute guillotine” for suppliers ...

TelcoLand

Denham Sadler
April 17, 2018
The federal government has attacked its own telecommunications ombudsman after its latest report showed that NBN-related complaints had tripled in the last yea...

StartupLand

Stuart Kennedy
April 16, 2018
The clock is ticking for the NSW government if it wants to get some good electoral vibes out of the ambitious TechCentral proposal to turn a chunk of land insi...

TelcoLand

Denham Sadler
April 16, 2018
Complaints about telecommunication services in Australia have continued to skyrocket in a wake-up call” for the industry, with issues related to the NBN ...

Broadband

Mark Gregory
April 16, 2018
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has unwittingly presented the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network (NBN) with a rare and unpreced...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
April 16, 2018
Innovation has a clearly defined price ticket at the Art Gallery of NSW: its $344 million. Raising the funds is also something of an existential challenge for ...

Identity

Denham Sadler
April 16, 2018
The federal government has defended controversial legislation creating a new facial recognition system amid widespread criticisms of its scope and privacy impl...

Trade

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 16, 2018
If the Australian advanced manufacturing sector can’t get itself fully integrated into global supply chains it is in for a rough ride, a new report has f...

Identity

ANDREW RYAN
April 16, 2018
Consumer interest in understanding their relationship with their financial services provider has never been higher. Yet at present, there is a fundamental disc...

Cyber

James Riley
April 13, 2018
The nation’s National Cyber Security Adviser and deputy director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate Alastair MacGibbon says he is “very,...

Innovation

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 12, 2018
Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) chair Bill Ferris wants Australian companies to make structural and cultural changes to their boards of directors, and t...

Cyber

Andrew Colley
April 12, 2018
Australian banks are working hard to get ahead of regulators and scrutinise their cyber security procedures in line with a global financial community still hau...

Software

Stuart Kennedy
April 12, 2018
Thales is hiring up developers for its Australian programming centre to help build an ambitious air traffic control system that will cover 11 per cent of the g...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
April 12, 2018
BlueChilli has joined forces with corporate bigwig Coca-Cola to launch a new accelerator program and expand across the ditch, as the Australian startup giant c...

Security

Denham Sadler
April 11, 2018
More than 60 data breaches were reported to the government’s privacy body in the first six weeks of the new mandatory notification scheme, with the maj...

Cyber

James Riley
April 11, 2018
The Australian Signals Directorate has placed an unusual caveat on the much-lauded ‘Protected’ security status it signed off for Microsoft’s ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
April 10, 2018
The federal government needs to provide more clarity on its cyber warfare capabilities and substantially increase funding to offensive cyber development remain...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 10, 2018
Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox has urged the government to move forward in reforming existing workplace relations laws, but says the ri...

Cyber

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 10, 2018
Cyber-espionage remains a top concern when it comes to government cyber security, with the latest Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) from global provider...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
April 10, 2018
The federal government’s recent cybersecurity push needs to put a greater focus on entrepreneurship and startups rather than just seeking products and se...

Commercialisation

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 10, 2018
Adelaide AgTech startup T-Provenance has raised $500,000 to pilot its blockchain technology with Northern Australian mango producers, as part of a two-year pro...

Policy

Denham Sadler
April 9, 2018
Contentious new legislation providing a framework for the sharing of confidential information regarding children has been passed by the Victorian parliament, d...
Denham Sadler
April 9, 2018
The federal government is looking to quickly sign a new bilateral agreement with the US that would allow local authorities with a warrant to directly access us...

Soiree

James Riley
April 9, 2018
InnovationAus.com is super excited to announce the return of Budget Insider, the supercool policy soiree where serious discussions about the future of our se...

Policy

James Riley
April 5, 2018
Australia is on the horns of an artificial intelligence dilemma just like the rest of the planet. But while our business leaders have begun to turn their atten...

Space

Denham Sadler
April 5, 2018
A report on the local space industry that is expected to guide the creation of an Australian space agency has been delivered to the federal government and is e...

Broadband

Stuart Kennedy
April 4, 2018
Bill Morrow, the US expat tech executive hand-picked by the Coalition to rejig the NBN, is standing down as chief executive and has scored mixed reviews from i...

Policy

Denham Sadler
April 4, 2018
The Australian FinTech community has hit back at attempts by the big banks to use the recent Facebook data harvesting scandal as evidence the open banking move...

Security

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 4, 2018
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s (ASPI) border program chief John Coyne has flagged grave concerns about the ability of the nation’s law...

Security

James Riley
April 4, 2018
Just days before he was due to lead the largest ever delegation of Australian cybersecurity companies to the giant RSA Conference in San Francisco, AustCyber&r...

VC

Denham Sadler
April 3, 2018
The nation’s sovereign wealth fund has backed an Australian venture capital fund for the first time, in a move that could open the floodgates for the l...

Policy

Stuart Kennedy
April 3, 2018
Microsoft Azure has scored the coveted Protected status for its public cloud from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), giving it a big advantage over arch...

Infrastructrure

Denham Sadler
April 3, 2018
Legislation requiring critical infrastructure operators to reveal all outsourced IT work and to give the government the ability to force these entities to take...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
April 3, 2018
For every dollar that a business invests in collaborative university research, it reaps $4.50. But the nation needs another 8,000 businesses to get on board if...

Policy

Denham Sadler
April 3, 2018
A new report by the government’s privacy authority has found that the Department of Health breached the Privacy Act a number of times as part of a bungle...

Policy

Stuart Kennedy
March 30, 2018
It is game on in the burgeoning Federal government cloud services market as public cloud “gorillas” Microsoft and AWS move to score data security c...

Digital

James Riley
March 29, 2018
Embattled Digital Transformation Agency chief executive Gavin Slater has taken an extended leave of absence from the organisation to undertake a business short...

Policy

Denham Sadler
March 28, 2018
Legislation extending equity crowdfunding to private companies has been delayed again despite enjoying bipartisan support, meaning the new regime won’t c...

Trade

Stuart Kennedy
March 28, 2018
One of Australia’s Landing Pads will have to lift off again as it searches for new digs. Austrade’s southeast asia Landing Pad in Singapore is l...
Aimee Chanthadavong
March 28, 2018
Australia’s first all-girl robotics team, Team 4802, also known as Unidentified Moving Machines (UMM) from western Sydney’s Blacktown Girls High Sc...

Security

Denham Sadler
March 28, 2018
The Australian Government has signed up to the Have I Been Pwned service to monitor its email addresses for breaches and be notified in real-time if one occurs...

Security

Denham Sadler
March 28, 2018
A motion calling on government to support strong encryption and resist any attempts to undermine this process has been passed by the Senate. Moved by the Gr...

Data

Denham Sadler
March 26, 2018
The Australian government’s national data authority is facing “unprecedented challenges” following recent global data controversies and the c...

Automation

Stuart Kennedy
March 26, 2018
The Department of Human Services showed it was everything but human during a Senate Committee hearing on Friday delving into the digital delivery of services. ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
March 26, 2018
Australian startups and tech companies are likely to miss out on significant copyright reforms in a “disappointing result” for the sector. Late ...

AgriTech

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 26, 2018
There has never been a more opportunistic time to be an Australian cattle farmer exporting to China: At least that’s what Borderless Cattle is telling th...

Digital

James Riley
March 26, 2018
It is more than three years since the then-Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the creation of the Digital Transformation Office, detailing a br...

Jobs

Stuart Kennedy
March 21, 2018
ACTU chief Sally McManus has logged a claim for a big wage rise for Australian workers saying industrial relations law is a decade behind the gig economy and n...

Policy

James Riley
March 21, 2018
A Digital Transformation Agency access and marketing agreement signed with a Big Tech industry group was “ridiculous” and the “easiest thing ...

Policy

Stuart Kennedy
March 20, 2018
Bill Ferris and David Thodey laid down the law on Australia’s needs to get off its arse and begin building some serious twenty-first century capital if i...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
March 20, 2018
The Victorian government has dished out nearly $3 million in grants to educational services for startup founders, the first funding round LaunchVic has unveile...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
March 20, 2018
There are growing calls for the federal government to standardise the way it defines a startup for its grants and support programs, after it announced a new &l...

Adelaide

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 20, 2018
Whispering life into business It’s not every day someone leaves the comfort of their full-time job to start their own business, but Dr Michelle Perugini ...

OpEd

Alex McCauley
March 20, 2018
One of Australia’s most successful young companies was famously born when its University age founder left his bedroom light on each night, working around...

Security

Denham Sadler
March 20, 2018
American IT firm Unisys has won a $44.2 million government contract to develop a new facial recognition system to identify all incoming travellers to Australia...

Regions

Joshua Gliddon
March 20, 2018
Queensland’s Mackay with a population of around 85,000 has become a hub of startups and innovation focused on the area’s proximity to mining and su...

Skills

Denham Sadler
March 19, 2018
Nearly a year after the  shock scrapping of the 457 visa program, the federal government is set to a trial a new visa scheme for tech companies to attract ...

ASEAN

Andrew Colley
March 19, 2018
Recent fears within Australia’s tech and innovation circles that the sector might have been forgotten by its friends in Canberra may be overblown if the ...

SA Election

James Riley
March 19, 2018
South Australians woke to a new Liberal state government this morning for the first time in 16 years following the election of Steven Marshall on Saturday. He ...

SA Election

Denham Sadler
March 18, 2018
The South Australian Liberal Party has heralded a “new dawn” in the state with a decisive election win over the Labor government, which has been in...

ASEAN

James Riley
March 18, 2018
Indonesian president Joko Widodo is only half-joking when he says the current weirdness in global politics was the result of the arrival of global entertainmen...

ASEAN

Andrew Colley
March 18, 2018
The Australian Government and its southeast Asian neighbours will seek to coordinate laws around gathering and using electronic evidence to pursue terrorists i...

Space

Denham Sadler
March 16, 2018
Federal Labor has unveiled a $35 million policy package to support the burgeoning Australian space sector, with a goal to double the size of the industry in fi...

ASEAN

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 16, 2018
Malcolm Turnbull says Australia would continue to look to Singapore for smart city development ideas and inspirations. Speaking to media at the ASEAN-Austra...

Fibre

Mark Gregory
March 16, 2018
At first glance, the City of Adelaide’s Ten Gigabit Adelaide project – where it has teamed up TPG Telecom to transform Adelaide into a “cit...

ASEAN

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 16, 2018
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled a digital standards cooperative initiative with Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN) trade partners to w...

ASEAN

Stuart Kennedy
March 16, 2018
The sun is rising over digital-centric industries in our fast developing southeast Asian neighbors and CSIRO has launched a report that targets a piece of the ...

Editorial

James Riley
March 15, 2018
The trouble with worthy and weighty industry reports on the performance of our tech and innovation ecosystems is that they’re so heavy that within a few ...

TelcoLand

Mark Gregory
March 14, 2018
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield have announced that Australia will seek re-election to the International Teleco...

Cyber

Stuart Kennedy
March 14, 2018
The new boss of the Australian Signals Directorate has come down hard on Federal agency chiefs who don’t put strong cyber risk management strategies in p...

Policy

Jordan Stevenson
March 14, 2018
Every four weeks, more than one in eight Australians access government information and public services online. Nearly half of those users experience a problem ...

Trade

Denham Sadler
March 14, 2018
Leaders from around south-east Asia will converge on Sydney over the weekend – with large trade delegations in tow – for a “historic and unpr...

Gender

Denham Sadler
March 14, 2018
The federal government’s women’s advisory panel on innovation has met for the first time, more than a year after the initiative was first announced...

Policy

Denham Sadler
March 14, 2018
A range of new policies and incentives is required if Australia wants to follow in Canada’s footsteps and develop a world-leading games development indus...

Skills

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 13, 2018
Atlassian co-founder and co-chief executive Mike Cannon-Brookes has told a senate committee investigating the future of work and workers that Australia must ge...

Digital

James Riley
March 13, 2018
The Australian Government’s former digital transformation supremo Paul Shetler will give evidence on day one of the Senate’s inquiry into digital s...

Policy

Stuart Kennedy
March 12, 2018
The NSW government and local tech management heavyweight David Thodey have hit back at a Murdoch press story that claimed the $190 million Jobs for NSW fund ha...

Trade

Stuart Kennedy
March 12, 2018
CSIRO has a foot on the beach with its planned Asia expansion, after installing a rising star executive as Singapore director and based in the city-state. L...

Privacy

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 12, 2018
Freelancer.com looks to have been be caught up in another privacy breach debacle, after one of its European account holders filed a $60,000 complaint with the ...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
March 12, 2018
The transforming potential of data and analytics is the focus of CEDA’s Economic and Political outlook report for 2018. But it questions Australia’...

Security

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 12, 2018
An amendment to legislation in Queensland that would give the state’s law enforcement access to shared biometric face matching services is being describe...

Policy

Stuart Kennedy
March 8, 2018
Australia needs to pick up the pace in creating gender diversity within the tech and innovation sector or lose global competitiveness in this critical arena. ...

Gender

Beverley Head
March 7, 2018
It might be International Women’s Day on Thursday – but for women working in technology it’s still a long way from Equal Pay Day. Right no...

Policy

Denham Sadler
March 7, 2018
Federal Labor is currently putting its own policy package together to support the burgeoning Australian games development sector with “holistic” ...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 6, 2018
Immigration minister Peter Dutton has unveiled a pilot program for a new ‘entrepreneur visa’ that would let foreign entrepreneurs and investors wit...
Denham Sadler
March 6, 2018
The federal government will meet quarterly with tech giants including Facebook and Google to “hold their feet to the fire” on combating cyber-bully...

Policy

Denham Sadler
March 6, 2018
Labor has queried cabinet minister Michaelia Cash’s role as chair of the government’s Women’s Advisory Panel on Innovation in the wake of poi...

Skills

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 6, 2018
A skills shortage in the rapidly emerging area of artificial intelligence (AI) in Queensland is putting a drag on the state’s innovation drive, according...

FinTel

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 6, 2018
“We need help,” says Austrac director of innovation Rajesh Walton, as he explains why the Australian government’s anti-money laundering and c...

Banking

Beverley Head
March 6, 2018
Three weeks after the launch of the National Payments Platform (NPP), Commonwealth Bank says it is signing up consumers for its PayID service at the rate of 10...

Smart Cities

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 5, 2018
The newly-signed Western Sydney City Deal inked between the Commonwealth, the NSW government and eight local councils includes the creation and construction of...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
March 5, 2018
More than 300 early-stage startups shared in about $300 million in investments from angel investors in what the government says underscores the effectiveness o...

Security

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 5, 2018
A report into how the NSW government responds to cybersecurity incidents by state’s Auditor-General Margaret Crawford found there is no whole-of-governme...

NISA

Denham Sadler
February 28, 2018
Government has lost its way on the innovation policy and is now saddled with a minister who has given up on launching a new wave of policy reform, federal Labo...

Women in VC

Stuart Kennedy
February 28, 2018
There’s opportunity opening up for women in clean energy and blockchain financing, but low participation rates of women in corporate leadership and ventu...

Policy

James Riley
February 28, 2018
In leading the debate about innovation policy in Australia, government must confront the reality of impending job losses and all the political complexity that ...

Regions

Josh Gliddon
February 28, 2018
Bega Valley Shire, located an almost equidistant drive from Sydney and Melbourne, and with direct flights from Merimbula Airport, boasts a thriving startup cul...

Space

Denham Sadler
February 28, 2018
Australia has a “huge window of opportunity” in growing its space sector, but success is riding on the government’s commitment to a national ...

Security

Denham Sadler
February 28, 2018
The federal government has recommitted to introducing legislation that would force tech companies to work with law enforcement to decrypt communications &ndash...

Capital

Stuart Kennedy
February 27, 2018
It didn’t take long for the hand grenade to drop at a panel discussion on women’s involvement in the local VC and startup community. Speaking on...

Digital

Denham Sadler
February 27, 2018
Digital Transformation Agency chief executive Gavin Slater has conceded he is “not satisfied” with the performance of its Digital Marketplace and h...

TelcoLand

Mark Gregory
February 27, 2018
Telstra has announced its 5G rollout plans for 2019 and beyond at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 that is currently underway in Barcelona. As the first 5G...

Policy

Denham Sadler
February 26, 2018
The government’s equity crowdfunding bill for private companies has finally passed the lower house, while a Labor amendment aimed at cutting the six mont...

Trade

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 26, 2018
Innovation and technology , renewable energy, higher education and water management are among the industries the Queensland government says will benefit from a ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
February 26, 2018
Australia’s competition and consumer watchdog will use its compulsory information gathering powers to obtain data from tech giants including Google and F...

Policy

Denham Sadler
February 26, 2018
Legislation paving the way for trials of driverless cars on public roads in Victoria has been passed as competition grows between states to become the hub for ...

Management

Colin Macronny
February 26, 2018
At local finance software and services company MYOB, workplace diversity is not only a human rights issue – it also makes good business sense, with team ...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
February 26, 2018
Barnaby Joyce was “as passionate a minister as I’ve ever seen” according to National Farmers Federation chief executive Tony Mahar. When he w...

Data policy

Stuart Kennedy
February 26, 2018
ANZ bank has hopped aboard Data Republic’s information sharing platform, joining earlier entrants Westpac and NAB as Australia’s move to an open ba...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 23, 2018
Melbourne’s entrepreneur advocacy body Startup Victoria is on the hunt for a new chief executive officer after Georgie Beattie left the organisation to s...

Software

James Riley
February 23, 2018
Long-time Google Australia director of engineering Alan Noble is to leave the company after more than a decade, and plans to focus on the expansion of his Adel...

Digital

Stuart Kennedy
February 22, 2018
The battle inside the federal public service between forces warding off serious digital transformation and those who want to deliver 21st century systems must ...

Policy

SANDY PLUNKETT
February 22, 2018
It was the annual Science Meets Parliament confab in Canberra last week. Cool … If you like that sort of thing. It was also the week Australia’...

Policy

Denham Sadler
February 22, 2018
A Greens motion to revoke planning amendments for Apple’s highly controversial store at Federation Square has been resoundingly defeated in the Victorian...

Data Breach

Denham Sadler
February 21, 2018
Australia’s mandatory data breach notification scheme has officially come into effect as the federal government looks to further ramp up its focus on cyb...

Data Breach

Denham Sadler
February 21, 2018
Australia’s new mandatory data breach notification scheme has been tentatively welcomed by digital rights advocates, while new research has found many bu...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 21, 2018
Bank of Queensland (BOQ) has signed a two-year corporate partnership with Brisbane’s River City Labs (RCL) which it says is part of next steps to prepare...

Policy

James Riley
February 21, 2018
Barely a week after presiding over the official opening of the $35 million Sydney Startup Hub, the inaugural Jobs for NSW chief executive officer Karen Borg ha...

StartupLand

James Riley
February 20, 2018
Big investment decisions don’t get made in a vacuum. They are the end-point of targeted work by powerful interests over a period of time. Very often t...

Venture Capital

Stuart Kennedy
February 19, 2018
The 500 Startups scandal in Victoria appears to have jolted the country’s venture capital community into acknowledging the need for more female involveme...

Space

Denham Sadler Aimee Chanthadavong
February 19, 2018
South Australian startup Fleet Space Technologies has won a Dutch government grant to fast-track its “world-first” Internet of Things network for f...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 19, 2018
The NSW government has announced it will establish its own Productivity Commission to spearhead policy reforms to make it easier to do business in the state, i...

Policy

Denham Sadler
February 19, 2018
Much-anticipated reforms extending equity crowdfunding to private companies have yet to move through the Parliament, nearly six months after the bills were fir...

Policy

Denham Sadler
February 19, 2018
Newly-appointed Industry minister Michaelia Cash says the government is still committed to appointing a Women’s Advisory Panel to help guide gender issue...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
February 19, 2018
If your doctor whips out her smartphone to take a photo of your skin rash to share with a colleague, how will that image be protected, how long will it be stor...

Women in VC

ANDREW RYAN
February 19, 2018
The lack of women in venture capital can trace its roots to structural problems within the industry, as well as the low take-up of STEM (science, technology, e...

StartupLand

James Riley
February 15, 2018
The ribbon has now been cut on the stunning new Sydney Startup Hub – home to 2,500 entrepreneurs and a Microsoft global accelerator – but David Tho...

IoT

Stuart Kennedy
February 14, 2018
South Australian satellite communications company Myriota will push $2.72 million into an Internet of Things lab in Adelaide as it attempts to scale-up quickly...

Trade

Denham Sadler
February 14, 2018
A group of Australian investors and founders have formed a new industry initiative to promote agricultural technology and entrepreneurship through the Asia Pac...

Apple Store

Denham Sadler
February 14, 2018
A new community group has launched on the back of the “incredible groundswell” of opposition to the Victorian Government deal to build an Apple sto...

Policy

Denham Sadler
February 14, 2018
All public primary school students in South Australia will be taught coding and entrepreneurship as part of a near-$7 million state government election pitch. ...

StartupLand

James Riley
February 14, 2018
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the newly-launched Sydney Startup Hub gives the state a huge competitive advantage over its domestic rivals in ...

Policy

Paul Cheever
February 14, 2018
There is a lot I like about Innovation and Science Australia’s 2030 Strategic Plan . But as always, it’s in the delivery that the real test begins...

NBN

Mark Gregory
February 14, 2018
NBN Co’s half year results released on Monday provide confirmation that the National Broadband Network (NBN) is a train wreck and there is nothing that c...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 13, 2018
Telstra’s startup accelerator Muru-D has welcomed more than 100 startup companies through its program since it started five years ago, and the telco cont...

Banking

Stuart Kennedy
February 12, 2018
Disruption is streaming through the arteries of Australia’s financial institutions as they attempt to ward off new payments giants like Apple, adapt to F...

Visas

Denham Sadler
February 12, 2018
The federal opposition has “very deep concerns” over how the government is addressing the skills gap in the Australian tech sector and has the labe...
Denham Sadler
February 12, 2018
South Australia has revealed the details of its $2 million local games development fund as state governments look to step in for the federal government’s...

Policy

SANDY PLUNKETT
February 12, 2018
I’ve often said that Australia’s biggest obstacle to measurable success in the increasingly ruthless 21st century digital era is culture. Specifica...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
February 12, 2018
Government’s tendency to think of small business as little big business is just plain wrong, according to Kate Carnell. And when it comes to innovation t...

Data

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 9, 2018
Treasurer Scott Morrison says the government’s planned ‘open banking’ regulatory regime would give customers greater access and control of th...

Interview

James Riley
February 7, 2018
Telstra chief executive Andy Penn has nominated the development of next-generation skills and capabilities as the key ingredient for capitalising on the curren...

Interview

James Riley
February 7, 2018
It is one year since Australia appointed its first Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, and Dr Tobias Feakin – the former Head of the International Cyber Policy...

Policy

Stuart Kennedy
February 7, 2018
The Productivity Commission’s draft report into competition in the Australian financial system says we lack robust price rivalry, that FinTechs and neo...

Software

Denham Sadler
February 7, 2018
There is growing concern  a lack of federal support will force local game developers to move away from Australia as the industry reels from the “incr...

Apple Store

Denham Sadler
February 7, 2018
A motion has been moved in the Victorian Parliament to reject the proposed Apple store at Federation Square as the Melbourne City Council readies a campaign to...

Smart Meters

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 7, 2018
A national roll out of smart meters could be the start of a working solution for Australia’s growing energy crisis. And the effort would have spill-over ...

2030 Strategy

David Havyatt
February 7, 2018
It seems these days that the public sector believes that the secret to a good report is in a winning title. That can be the only reason for Innovation and Scie...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 6, 2018
Without science, there is no innovation. That’s the position Leeanne Enoch is taking in her new role as the Queensland Minister for Environment and Sci...

First Interview

James Riley
February 5, 2018
Michael Keenan has delivered his first major speech on digital transformation – in Jakarta of all places – since being given the portfolio in Prime...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
February 5, 2018
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is now reliant on just-in-time legislation and the rapid rollout of report recommendations in order to perfo...

Interview

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 5, 2018
When it comes to protecting Australia on all fronts – whether air, sea or land – we all like to hope that defence force has access to the most adva...

Training

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 5, 2018
At a time where the Australian government has tightened access to temporary skills visas and the country is facing a widening technical skills shortage, compan...

Policy

Denham Sadler
February 2, 2018
The federal opposition has backed a campaign calling for new legislation to address worker exploitation in the gig economy, while the government warns against ...

Regions

Joshua Gliddon
February 2, 2018
Is there something in the water of the Murrumbidgee River? Wagga Wagga, which straddles the river and is located in south-western NSW, has a population of arou...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
February 2, 2018
Disability-focused accelerator Remarkable will split more than $200,000 of investment funding with the next cohort of startups as part of its 16-week program. ...

2030 Strategy

Stuart Kennedy
February 1, 2018
The Labor Opposition has reacted to the Innovation and Science Australia 2030 Strategy paper released this week calling it a “piecemeal” plan and s...

2030 Strategy

Jessica Mudditt
February 1, 2018
The chair of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) Bill Ferris spoke at the National Press Club in Canberra today, following the release of its 2030 Strategic...

Trade

Denham Sadler
January 31, 2018
The federal government has rejected nearly all the recommendations of a Senate inquiry into the local games development sector, leaving the industry “inc...

2030 Strategy

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 31, 2018
If it has done nothing else, the Innovation and Science Australia 2030 strategy delivers a specific recommendation that government spending should be used as a...

2030 Strategy

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 30, 2018
Newly-minted Jobs and Innovation Minister Michaelia Cash says government will provide a formal response to Innovation and Science Australia’s 2030 strat...

2030 Strategy

Denham Sadler
January 30, 2018
The pressure is now on the Turnbull government to implement the recommendations included in Innovation and Science Australia’s 2030 strategic plan and to...

2030 Strategy

SANDY PLUNKETT
January 30, 2018
Innovation and Science Australia’s vision for Australia just twelve years from now is a nation that will be counted within the top tier of innovator coun...

2030 Strategy

Denham Sadler
January 29, 2018
Innovation and Science Australia has released its much-anticipated 2030 strategic plan, issuing a “clarion call for action” to transform the countr...

2030 Strategy

Beverley Head
January 29, 2018
Daniel Petre has a stark warning for Australia; we need to take innovation very very seriously, very very soon. “I think this is the last chance we ha...

2030 Strategy

Stuart Kennedy
January 29, 2018
Australia could be kicking off a ten-year ride for all of us to live longer if the first National Mission proposed in a new strategy paper gets a tick from the...

2030 Strategy

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 29, 2018
Innovation and Science Australia has handed down a total of 30 recommendations to the federal government as part of the public release of its 2030 Strategic Pl...

Policy

Denham Sadler
January 29, 2018
FinTech Australia’s new chair said this year is “pivotal” for the local sector as it looks to build on last year’s momentum and the upc...

Trade

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 29, 2018
The Australian government will ramp up Australia’s defence export with a $3.8 billion strategy in pursuit of seeing the country become a top 10 global de...

Trade

James Riley
January 29, 2018
The Australia-ASEAN Special Summit to be held in Sydney in mid-March is surely the least talked about and yet most important regional forum ever hosted by this...

Space

Denham Sadler
January 24, 2018
A successful rocket launch by a New Zealand company has signaled that space is “open for business”, with several Australian companies looking to fo...

Research

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 24, 2018
The Department of Defence is on the lookout to partner within industry, academia and government research agencies to help it understand the potential use of qu...

Victoria

Denham Sadler
January 24, 2018
The Victorian government has opted to fund two separate FinTech hubs in Melbourne following an extended tender process. The government announced last June t...

Skills

Denham Sadler
January 24, 2018
Nationwide TAFE cybersecurity qualifications have officially been launched in a “significant step forward” in combating the industry’s ever-g...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
January 24, 2018
Progress is being made towards better gender diversity in the Australian tech and startup sector, but much more work needs to be done to approach equality, Spr...

Incubators

Josh Gliddon
January 24, 2018
The Australian government is set to establish four regional tech incubators to grow the startup and technology business ecosystems outside of capital cities. ...

Technology

Stuart Kennedy
January 24, 2018
The next twelve months should be a rip roaring ride for the technology and innovation scene in Australia and the world, full of disruption, instability and eno...

Manufacturing

Stuart Kennedy
January 23, 2018
Just when you  thought vehicle manufacturing in Australia had gone the way of the dodo, billionaire UK investor Sanjeev Gupta has popped up with a bid to b...

Tax

Denham Sadler
January 23, 2018
The ATO is investigating measures to ensure that cryptocurrency investors and traders are paying the right amount of tax on their investments. The agency ha...

Cyber

James Riley
January 22, 2018
Former spy chief David Irvine says Australia’s capacity to counter threats and criminal activity using cyber investigative tools is “relatively wea...

Report

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 22, 2018
The Auditor-General   has slapped the Australian Electoral Commission over its handling of aspects of the 2016 federal election, pointing to IT contracts ...

Funding

Denham Sadler
January 22, 2018
The federal government has opened a tender for four regional incubator facilitators as part of the Industry department’s revamped Entrepreneurs’ Pr...

Research

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 18, 2018
Leeanne Enoch may no longer hold the Innovation portfolio, but she continues to take advantage of the state’s Advance Queensland initiative, launching a ...

Security

Stuart Kennedy
January 18, 2018
A report from the NSW Auditor General found that a third of NSW government agencies had no cyber attacks at all in 2016-17, a result described as farcical by i...

Retail

Denham Sadler
January 18, 2018
The heated public debate over a secretive deal between tech giant Apple and the Victorian government to build a “flagship” store at Federation Squa...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
January 16, 2018
A number of high-profile members of the Australian investor and tech sectors are calling on the government to establish its own venture capital fund to back lo...

Policy

Denham Sadler
January 16, 2018
Google has taken aim at the Australian government’s changes to the skilled migration visas, with the tech giant saying it has been forced to change its l...

Opinion

Michelle Rowland
January 16, 2018
Just over four years ago, Malcolm Turnbull released the 2013 NBN Strategic Review . This became the document upon which he justified abandoning a fibre National...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 16, 2018
The CSIRO, IoT Alliance Australia, Council of Small business of Australia (COSBA), and Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) are among 160-p...

FinTech

Aimee Chanthadavong
January 16, 2018
Even though the Australian government failed to pass amendments to the equity crowd source funding (CSF) regime before the end of last year, the Australian S...

Open Data

Kevin Keith
January 16, 2018
Angelic structures hang overhead. Unlit wings crossing corridors of black cabs and emblematic red buses, awaiting electricity to declare that Christmas wa...

Senate Inquiry

Denham Sadler
January 15, 2018
The government failed to meet its own year-end deadline for tabling a response to a senate report on the local games development sector, even as the ‘zom...

Holidays

James Riley
December 21, 2017
Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas to all fellow travellers and happy campers! May you all get the holiday break you deserve after a hilarious and ridiculously busy ...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
December 20, 2017
The Victorian state opposition has fallen short in its bid to force an inquiry into problems at LaunchVic, the organisation overseeing the deployment of state ...

Security

Michael Sainsbury
December 20, 2017
In a major speech this week presenting his National Security Strategy, US President Donald Trump named China and Russia as competitors and “revisionist p...

Processes

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 20, 2017
Purchasing a new house could soon be a completely electronic process, end-to-end. At least that’s what the NSW government wants to see. NSW has releas...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 20, 2017
Fed up with seeing all the attention from the government shine on urban-based accelerators and incubators, Wollongong University’s iAccelerate has teamed...

Trade

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 20, 2017
The Chinese government might be known the for the heavy hand of its command-and-control economic operations, but according to GWC partner and co-chief executiv...

Cabinet

James Riley
December 20, 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s bigger than expected ministerial reshuffle has delivered a new leadership team to its core innovation programs and rese...

Reshuffle

Denham Sadler
December 19, 2017
Michaelia Cash will lead the government’s new innovation and jobs portfolio as part of Malcolm Turnbull’s Christmas cabinet reshuffle. The Prime...

Budget

Denham Sadler
December 19, 2017
The government has cut $100 million from its planned spend on the Centrelink IT overhaul, but has dished out additional cash to the Medicare payments system an...

Security

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 19, 2017
In recent years the federal government has noticeably taken next-step measures to protect the country from cyberattacks, whether it’s with the delivery o...

Broadband

Denham Sadler
December 19, 2017
Australia’s consumer watchdog could take regulatory action as early as mid-next year to improve customer experiences with the NBN. The Australian Comp...

Research

Denham Sadler
December 19, 2017
The confidential medical records of one in ten Australians were exposed by the Department of Health in a bungled release last year, a new report has revealed. ...

Venture Capital

James Riley
December 18, 2017
The venture capital sector remains one of the last bastions of gender imbalance and inequality, despite the good intentions and deliberate actions of many busi...

Podcast

James Riley
December 17, 2017
The CSIRO’s likeable chief executive Larry Marshall claims to be his own biggest critic, and says rigorous self-assessment is useful. But just in case he...

Crypto

Denham Sadler
December 14, 2017
The Reserve Bank of Australia boss has slammed the rapidly increasing valuations of Bitcoin and other crypto currencies as a “speculative mania,” b...

Interview

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 14, 2017
Serial entrepreneur turned TV star Mark Bouris said that when the Small Business Digital Taskforce hands its final report to government in February, it will ...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
December 13, 2017
Investors in BlueChilli startups are now eligible for new investor tax breaks, after the Sydney-based accelerator was the first company under the government's ...

Games Sector

Denham Sadler
December 13, 2017
A new government report has recommended reinstating the games development fund, the third to do so since it was axed in the “horror” 2014 budget. ...

End of Year

James Riley
December 12, 2017
As this giant of a year draws to a close, we are up to our elbows preparing the second annual InnovationAus.com Summer Reading List, which we’ll publis...

FinTech

Denham Sadler
December 11, 2017
The government failed to pass amendments to the equity crowdfunding regime before the end of the year, meaning private companies won’t be able to access ...

Broadband

Stuart Kennedy
December 11, 2017
The NBN remains a favorite whipping boy for the opposition, but as the Coalition version of the Labor inspired network builds out, questions mount as to what a...

Digital

Denham Sadler
December 11, 2017
Laws regulating digital currency exchanges for the first time have been approved by Parliament in a major milestone for the burgeoning local sector. The ame...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 11, 2017
Health industry focused early-stage startups have dominated the second cohort of BlueChilli’s female-led SheStart accelerator program. After putting a...

Election

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 11, 2017
The Palaszczuk Government has doubled-down on its first-term focus on the tech startup and innovation sectors with the appointment of Kate Jones as Innovation ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
December 7, 2017
Two years after Malcolm Turnbull unveiled the much-heralded $1.1 billion innovation statement, advocacy groups and the Opposition are calling on the government...

Policy

James Riley
December 7, 2017
It is two years and several Industry ministers after the Prime Minister unveiled with great fanfare his signature $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science ...

OpenOpp

James Riley
December 7, 2017
Big Tech is on the nose in large parts of the community which does not trust its motives and fails to recognise its promise, according to Labor digital economy...

Policy