Data Policy

Denham Sadler
November 13, 2019
The federal government’s proposed Medicare data-matching scheme is too broad and would bring with it a range of privacy risks, according to the NSW Counc...

Identity

Michael Steinmann
November 13, 2019
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) recently confirmed the first version of a framework for a new federated identity credential known as ‘TrustID&rsquo...

Trade

November 13, 2019
The World Trade Organisation must player a stronger role on issues of e-commerce and the digital economy, with Australia facing “significant challenges&r...

StartupLand

James Riley
November 12, 2019
Australia’s tech accelerator focused entirely on women entrepreneurs SheStarts will almost certainly be wound-up once its third cohort complete their pit...

AI ethics

Denham Sadler
November 11, 2019
The government should focus on enforcing existing laws and strengthening regulations to govern the use of artificial intelligence, rather than its “fluff...

Identity

Denham Sadler
November 11, 2019
Two-thirds of Australlians won’t use the federal government’s digital identity unless there is a significant public awareness campaign, and more ne...

Visa Processing

Denham Sadler
November 11, 2019
The federal government had “utterly failed” to justify its decision to outsource the visa tech processing system, a project which has cost $80 mill...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 8, 2019
The government’s proposed Medicare data-sharing scheme will put the privacy of all Australians at “serious risk”, a data privacy expert has s...

TelcoLand

Denham Sadler
November 8, 2019
A new report highlighting the importance of the telecommunications industry to the Australian economy should act as a reminder to the federal government when d...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 8, 2019
The federal government’s unveiling of artificial intelligence ethical guidelines for Australian business is a PR exercise that won’t change the act...

Identity

Denham Sadler
November 6, 2019
More than half a million people registered for a digital driver licence in New South Wales in the initiative’s first week, with the state government now ...

Data Policy

James Riley
November 6, 2019
Australia’s data standards chief Andrew Stevens has named a 14-member committee to deal with building the Consumer Data Right regime within the energy se...

Funding

Denham Sadler
November 5, 2019
The federal government has launched a whirlwind five-day consultation period for its $100 million cash injection into its business growth fund, which would pro...

Skills

Denham Sadler
November 5, 2019
The launch of a new fast-tracked visa marks a new era for skilled migration, with the federal government actively seeking tech talent from around the world to ...

Policy

James Riley
November 5, 2019
Entrepreneur Mark Blum co-founded his property tech startup Cognian Technologies in mid-2016, raising a friends and family investment round to fund a working p...

TelcoLand

Mark Gregory
November 1, 2019
Labor must make the NBN an election priority and in doing so position itself as the champion of consumers desperate for a better online experience, and as buil...

Startups

James Riley
October 30, 2019
It’s not just the political junkies who are hanging out for Malcolm Turnbull’s autobiography A Bigger Picture to land in bookshops next year. Inn...
Denham Sadler
October 30, 2019
Australian governments should abandon plans for a nationwide facial recognition system and other controversial tech expansions until there is a charter of huma...

Encryption

Denham Sadler
October 30, 2019
A public forum to discuss the government’s controversial encryption powers has been delayed for a second time as the independent security monitor calls f...

Skills

Denham Sadler
October 30, 2019
Labor leader Anthony Albanese has promised a focus on new technologies and the future of work, as the Opposition looks towards the next election. In his fir...

Data

Denham Sadler
October 29, 2019
The Australian competition watchdog is suing Google over the way the tech giant collects, keeps and uses the personal location data of its users. The Austra...

Policy

James Riley
October 29, 2019
The New South Wales government aims to sharpen its focus on the deep tech end of the research and development spectrum with the appointment of a senior advisor...
Denham Sadler
October 28, 2019
The new Services Australia department provides an opportunity to improve the digital delivery of government services, but it cannot just replicate its NSW coun...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 28, 2019
The federal government has floated an idea to use its facial recognition technology to verify the age of Australians trying to access pornography online. In...

Outsourcing

Denham Sadler
October 28, 2019
The government’s controversial plan to privatise aspects of the visa system could lead to other disasters like the robo-debt scandal, the public sector u...
James Riley
October 25, 2019
Australian Computer Society members have approved a comprehensive restructuring of the organisation by the narrowest of margins, with 75.1 per cent of the elig...

Professionals

James Riley
October 25, 2019
The fight for control of the Australian Computer Society and its tens of millions of dollars in annual revenues will come to a head in Sydney on Friday as memb...

Identity

Denham Sadler
October 25, 2019
The federal government’s troubled digital identity program will not be a repeat of the doomed Australia Card and will actually be “privacy-enhancin...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 25, 2019
The federal government’s plans for a national facial recognition system are in disarray after a bipartisan committee ordered the legislation be completel...

FinTechs

October 23, 2019
A new Senate inquiry into the FinTech sector should be the first step in the development of a national policy agenda for the sector, according to FinTech Austr...

Identity

Denham Sadler
October 23, 2019
The federal government’s two taxpayer-funded digital identity offerings are set to get some major competitors, with the big banks finalising their own di...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 23, 2019
A lack of funding has led to increasing delays and backlogs at the national privacy and information watchdog, with skyrocketing FOI and privacy complaints. ...

Cyber Policy

Denham Sadler
October 23, 2019
A “very interesting” report on the hacking of the networks of Australia’s three largest political parties and Parliament by a “sophisti...

Venture funding

Denham Sadler
October 23, 2019
A record number of superannuation funds have contributed to AirTree Ventures’ latest $275 million fund, with the VC firm bringing in six institutional in...

Policy

James Riley
October 22, 2019
When it was put to a vote in the parliament last December, it took about 15 minutes to pass the encryption laws but will take nearly two years to complete a pr...

Data-matching

Denham Sadler
October 21, 2019
The federal government’s highly controversial robo-debt scheme has been labelled a “fiasco” that risks seeing the government “stumbling...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 21, 2019
The senate’s backing of a motion calling on the federal government to make its controversial encryption powers compliant with a US data-sharing law has b...

Procurement

Denham Sadler
October 21, 2019
The federal government is looking to launch a new cloud services marketplace next year to help agencies more efficiently purchase cloud-based technology from S...

Data Policy

Denham Sadler
October 21, 2019
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has begun consulting on the privacy rules surrounding the government’s controversial Consumer Data ...

Digital

James Riley
October 17, 2019
On a big day of movements at the digital transformation end of the public sector in Australia, NSW Customer Service secretary Glenn King has left the public se...

TOLA

Denham Sadler
October 17, 2019
A major review into the government’s controversial new encryption powers has been pushed back by nearly six months after the independent security monitor...

Precincts

James Riley
October 17, 2019
The NSW Government is seeking  feedback on its proposed 24-hectare Central Precinct development, and for the first time has made public its rezoning and de...

Science

James Riley
October 17, 2019
A team from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research has taken the top innovation gong at the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science for its ...

Intellectual Property

Denham Sadler
October 16, 2019
The government’s controversial plan to abolish innovation patents has been approved by Parliament, in a move branded “very disappointing” and...

Skilled migration

Denham Sadler
October 16, 2019
The federal government’s controversial plan to privatise parts of the visa processing system would lead to greater data security risks and could adversel...

Public Security

Denham Sadler
October 14, 2019
A public hearing into the federal government’s highly controversial facial recognition database plans has been cancelled at the last minute. The Parli...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
October 14, 2019
The Australian government has a “right to call out” China on cybersecurity attacks and intellectual property theft, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dut...

Creative industries

Jay Grant
October 14, 2019
There has been a tectonic shift in the $200 billion global film industry and it is not being talked about. Digitisation has created three waves of transform...
James Riley
October 14, 2019
Proposed changes to the governance structure at the Australian Computer Society are headed for a rough ride as senior members launch a campaign against the cor...

Cyber Policy

Denham Sadler
October 11, 2019
The federal government must reinstate the position of Minister for Cybersecurity as part of the updated 2020 national Cyber Security Strategy, the Opposition a...

Data Policy

Denham Sadler
October 11, 2019
Australia’s recently passed encryption laws may undermine the federal government’s hopes of securing a data-sharing deal with the United States, a ...

Startups

James Riley
October 10, 2019
Four years after it was unveiled as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the CSIRO is preparing to shutter its $20 million entrepreneur-focused ...

Encryption

Denham Sadler
October 9, 2019
The Australian government has ramped up its fight against the big global tech companies and the various encryption services the offer as part of a push to pres...

Data Policy

James Riley
October 9, 2019
The federal government has begun negotiating a new data-sharing agreement with the US,  amid concerns about whether the recently passed encryption laws wi...

Research

Denham Sadler
October 9, 2019
The government-imposed staffing cap at its primary science agency has put innovation “under threat”, according to the Opposition. The Coalition&...

TelcoLand

October 9, 2019
The government has no idea how to move the NBN forward if the Communication Minister Paul Fletcher’s speech at the CEDA conference last month is any indi...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
October 8, 2019
A prominent US national security whistleblower who had his speech at a government-sponsored cybersecurity conference in Melbourne cancelled – along with ...

Digital Platforms

Denham Sadler
October 4, 2019
The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman has called on government to expand its remit to include complaints about Facebook and Google so it can provide &ldquo...

Research

James Riley
October 4, 2019
Australia’s home-grown technology sector is half the size of our global peers as a percentage of gross domestic product, four times smaller than the US (...

Outsourcing

Denham Sadler
October 3, 2019
Outsourcing public sector work and calling in the contractors is often a “timely, cost-effective” option made necessary by the staffing cap and a l...

Research

Denham Sadler
October 3, 2019
The federal government’s arbitrary cap on public sector employee numbers is “severely undermining” its science and innovation efforts, accord...

Industry policy

Denham Sadler
October 2, 2019
The federal government is preparing to hand out $182 million to potential partners to help deliver and promote its Entrepreneurs’ Programme after a signi...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
October 1, 2019
A number of Victorian hospitals have been hit by a “serious cyber incident”, with patient records and information still inaccessible and entire sys...

Policy

James Riley
October 1, 2019
It is more than a year since Premier Gladys Berejiklian stood with Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar in Sydney to unveil the city’s ambition to build a...

Intellectual Property

Andrew Colley
September 30, 2019
Tech innovators will continue to face legal uncertainty when claiming intellectual property rights over their endeavors after the Federal Court handed down a l...

AA Bill

Denham Sadler
September 30, 2019
The government’s independent security monitor has extended its inquiry into the highly controversial encryption laws after receiving just 15 submissions ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 30, 2019
The tech sector needs a more effective and influential voice in Canberra to avoid further “unintended consequences” in government legislation, acco...

Policy

James Riley
September 27, 2019
Australia has continued its slide down the digital readiness rankings, falling one place to 14th in a comparative study of 63 countries. The downward trend is ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 26, 2019
The scrapping of a fast-tracked patent scheme would be a “death blow for SME innovation” and the federal government’s justifications for the ...

Policy

James Riley
September 25, 2019
Business leader and Australian icon Kim Williams has turned his attention to the powerful forces of digital disruption and its significant impact on business a...

Open Banking

Denham Sadler
September 25, 2019
Ten FinTechs have been selected to take part as guinea pigs in testing of the open banking scheme before its official launch at the start of next year. The ...

Data Policy

Denham Sadler
September 25, 2019
The federal government has unveiled a Medicare data-matching scheme to find fraudulent claims, but is at pains to say it won’t be a repeat of the controv...

Platforms

Denham Sadler
September 25, 2019
Tech giants Facebook and Microsoft have launched an independent organisation to combat online radicalisation and violent terrorist content and “thwart in...

TelcoLand

Denham Sadler
September 25, 2019
A decrease in complaints about phone and internet services is “only one part of the story” according to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, ...

Trade

Denham Sadler
September 24, 2019
Australian and US government officials will hold high-level discussions in Washington later this year to develop a critical minerals action plan in an effort t...

Data61+Live

James Riley
September 24, 2019
CSIRO chairman David Thodey has cautioned government and business alike against tightening research and innovation budgets in the face of Australia’s som...

Space

Denham Sadler
September 23, 2019
The $150 million federal play to involve Australian companies in American missions to the moon and Mars has been cautiously welcomed by local space firms, with...

TelcoLand

Denham Sadler
September 23, 2019
The federal government has initiated a Parliamentary inquiry into 5G technology in Australia, but its terms of reference mean the controversy surrounding natio...

Space

James Riley
September 22, 2019
The CSIRO’s most senior space sector executive Dave Williams has hailed the Australian Space Agency’s collaborative partnership with NASA and says ...

Space

James Riley
September 22, 2019
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has committed an additional $150 million over five years to underwrite Australia’s participation in the United States led p...

Trade

Denham Sadler
September 19, 2019
Australia “cannot afford to turn its back” on the “once in a generation opportunity” on offer from Huawei and other Chinese technology ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 19, 2019
The federal government has introduced a right for consumers to have their personal data deleted as part of its controversial Consumer Data Right scheme. The...

AgTech

James Riley
September 19, 2019
Data portability and the application of farmer’s data rights in the agricultural sector will play a large part in reaping the expected $20+ billion rewar...

Identity

Denham Sadler
September 19, 2019
The federal government has begun the process of opening up its digital identity project to the private sector, with hopes the big banks will buy into the contr...

Research

James Riley
September 18, 2019
The Defence Science and Technology unit will fund a consortium of four local universities to work with counterparts in the US on developing a next-generation o...

Identity

Denham Sadler
September 18, 2019
Victoria will be the first state to test the federal government’s controversial national facial recognition database, but access to the biometric data wi...

Management

Denham Sadler
September 18, 2019
Australian boardrooms have not recognised the “urgent need to prioritise innovation” and were lagging the rest of the world in coming to grips with...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 17, 2019
The legal foundations of the controversial robodebt scheme will be tested in court as part of a new class action lawsuit that will argue the government’s...

Policy

James Riley
September 17, 2019
The federal Industry department has quietly created a new Digital Economy and Technology division within AusIndustry, falling under deputy secretary Elizabeth ...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
September 16, 2019
The federal government needs to step up and stop the exploitation of Australian gig economy workers by global tech companies, the Transport Workers Union has s...

Science

David McClure
September 16, 2019
Like electricity, artificial intelligence (AI) is a general purpose technology that has the potential to drastically alter societies through its impact on econ...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
September 16, 2019
The federal government should make a routine of publicly attributing nation-state cyber attacks rather than leaving it to media leaks, according to ASPI’...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 16, 2019
The competition watchdog’s landmark Digital Platforms Inquiry report does not understand the tech industry and has the potential to “adversely im...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
September 16, 2019
A senate committee has been formed to conduct a year-long inquiry into the Australian FinTech and RegTech industries as potential areas for further reform, wit...

Digital

Denham Sadler
September 12, 2019
Tech giants Google and Facebook have accused the Australian competition watchdog of going beyond its remit in its 18-month inquiry into digital platforms, and ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 11, 2019
The federal government needs to abandon its “sloppy and dangerous” facial recognition scheme that would impact the freedoms of all Australians, acc...

Digital ID

Denham Sadler
September 11, 2019
The Queensland government has retained the services of American multinational tech firm Unisys to deliver its facial recognition and biometric solution. Uni...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 11, 2019
The federal government’s $50 million advanced manufacturing fund for SMEs is now open for business, with grants of up to $1 million on offer for technolo...

Policy

James Riley
September 11, 2019
Australia’s tech sector – specifically its information and communication technology industry – is about half the size of its global peers as ...

Startups

James Riley
September 11, 2019
Sydney-based quantum computing startup Q-CTRL has completed a $22 million Series A funding round (US$15 million) led by Australia’s largest venture firm ...

Intellectual Property

Denham Sadler
September 9, 2019
The federal government’s plan to abolish the innovation patent system shows a “disturbing lack of understanding” of the business world and ma...

Data Policy

Denham Sadler
September 9, 2019
The federal government has earmarked $15 million to create a national disability dataset, on the back of plans to introduce a consent-free public sector data s...

Cybersecurity

James Riley
September 9, 2019
The government’s discussion paper seeking community views ahead of a landmark 2020 National Cyber Security Strategy paints a picture of a dramaticall...

Manufacturing

Mark Burgess
September 9, 2019
I am a Brit, married to an Australian. I moved to Australia nearly five years ago, having lived and worked in the UK, the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia....

Cyber Safety

Denham Sadler
September 9, 2019
The federal government’s new site-blocking powers have been put into use, with internet service providers ordered to restrict access to eight websites ho...

Robodebt

James Riley
September 7, 2019
Centrelink has wiped clean the debt at the centre of a second Federal Court case challenging the controversial Robodebt data matching and debt recovery program...

Policy

James Riley
September 5, 2019
The fragmented voices of tech sector industry associations must get better at coordinating their engagement with government if they want to get their messages ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 5, 2019
The federal government has launched a major review into the skilled migration occupations list, with hopes that new tech job categories will be included in the...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 5, 2019
The Australian venture capital industry is reaching new stages of maturity and would continue to grow with or without government support, according to Innovati...

Data Policy

Rosie Williams
September 4, 2019
If you have never heard of the proposed Data Sharing and Release Act you are not alone. The new legislation, which will over-ride the Privacy Act (where...

Policy

Dan Grant
September 4, 2019
We’ve been served up a slew of new metrics in recent weeks about Australia’s performance on research and innovation relative to the rest of the wor...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 4, 2019
Australian industry needs more from the research sector and policy reform is needed to address the country’s “active decline” as a digital na...

Data

Denham Sadler
September 4, 2019
The federal government’s proposed mandatory public data sharing scheme will not require consent from citizens and its own data authority will not be able...

R&D Tax

James Riley
September 3, 2019
Industry Minister Karen Andrews will seek improvements to the administration of the R&D tax incentive (RDTI) within AusIndustry to give companies greater c...

Science

Denham Sadler
September 2, 2019
The government’s peak advisory body on tech and science has turned its attention to the development of an artificial intelligence ethics framework and li...

Consumer Data

Denham Sadler
September 2, 2019
The federal government has ramped up its efforts to apply the Consumer Data Right to the electricity sector from next year, with new consultations opened and t...

Space

Denham Sadler
September 2, 2019
Funding earmarked by the Federal government to grow the local space sector and help Australian companies engage internationally remains “woefully inadequ...

Policy

James Riley
September 2, 2019
Australia’s first minister for customer service – the NSW government’s Victor Dominello – has pulled back the curtain on the internal r...

NationalMap

Mats Henrikson
September 2, 2019
As the world has become increasingly digitised, data is playing a critical role in almost every aspect of society. Data has the power to provide invaluable ins...

Broadband

Mark Gregory
August 30, 2019
The NBN is in trouble and the problems are highlighted in the NBN Co Corporate Plan 2020-23. Rollout delays, cost blowouts and an admission that it will not be...

R&D Tax

James Riley
August 30, 2019
Small business ombudsman Kate Carnell has launched an investigation of the Australian Tax Office enforcement of the R&D Tax Incentive, and in particular th...

AI

James Riley
August 29, 2019
The Victorian Information Commissioner has entered the national discussion on the future of artificial intelligence, and warned that the new technology has the...

McKinsey

Denham Sadler
August 29, 2019
The Martin Hoffman-led strategic plan for the federal government’s new Services Australia department has been completed, after consultants were handed ne...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 29, 2019
There is an “urgent imperative” for democratic governments to establish clear ethics and governance frameworks around emerging technologies to capi...

Science

Denham Sadler
August 29, 2019
A potential federal government crackdown on open research and foreign collaboration in Australian universities could have a “cataclysmic” impact of...
Denham Sadler
August 29, 2019
Only two reports will be produced annually on the notifiable data breach scheme by the government’s privacy authority in future in the wake of ongoing re...

Science

James Riley
August 29, 2019
While the winners’ circle at the 2019 Australian Museum Eureka Prize ceremony on Wednesday was crowded with recipients from the life sciences, biomedic...

Skilled migration

Denham Sadler
August 28, 2019
The Victoria Government is lobbying its federal counterparts for significant reforms to skilled migration programs to give local tech companies better access t...

Policy

James Riley
August 28, 2019
The terms of reference for the Australian Data and Digital Council have been published, nearly a year after the new body was formally introduced as a part of t...

MoU

Denham Sadler
August 27, 2019
The Digital Transformation Agency has reheated an MoU arrangement with the Australian Information Industry Association, with the two organisations signing a &l...
David McClure
August 27, 2019
Many people would be familiar with Alibaba from its famous Singles Day event, which generated around $40 billion in sales in 2018. Less well known is the compa...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 27, 2019
Melbourne’s Federation Square has officially been granted heritage listing, thanks to the Victorian government’s controversial plan to knock down p...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
August 27, 2019
Australian companies and governments need to put the human element back into cybersecurity and focus on building a narrative around the industry, according to ...

Social Media

Denham Sadler
August 27, 2019
The federal government must take a more holistic approach to combating online extremism and radicalisation rather than just searching for a “tech silver ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 27, 2019
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has called on Australian businesses to invest in new technologies now to fully realise their potential benefits and address the count...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 27, 2019
A federal government plan to block sites hosting “extreme and violent content” during a crisis event has been labelled a “dangerous propositi...

Cybersecurity

James Riley
August 22, 2019
Having the director-general of an intelligence agency sitting as a director on the board of Australia’s industry development organisation focused on cybe...

Data

Denham Sadler
August 21, 2019
The federal government should treat the personal data of Australians like critical infrastructure, with better protection needed to keep information secure as ...

R&D

Denham Sadler
August 21, 2019
Huawei Australia has been blacklisted by the US government, just weeks after the company drew a line through a $60 million research and development investment ...
Denham Sadler
August 21, 2019
More significant data breaches are “inevitable” until Australian governments engage in an open discussion about the use of de-identified personal d...

FinTech

Denham Sadler
August 21, 2019
The federal government is set to reintroduce its mandatory comprehensive credit reporting legislation after being left stranded in the run-up to the May electi...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
August 21, 2019
LaunchVic has doubled down on previous investments and dished out a further $2 million to a range of startup-focused programs in the first funding round under ...

Digital Platforms

Denham Sadler
August 19, 2019
Serious action is needed now to curb the power of the global tech giants and Australia should be leading the way with a series of reforms, according to former ...

Innovation Policy

Leigh Dayton
August 19, 2019
'Australia punches above its weight'. It’s a claim guaranteed to increase my blood pressure. As a science writer and broadcaster, last with The Australia...

Policy

James Riley
August 19, 2019
At a time when NSW is openly talking about introducing a facial recognition-based public transport ticketing system, the state is going it alone on a new ethic...

Service delivery

Denham Sadler
August 19, 2019
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for a “step change” in how the public sector operates and denied claims that the creation of Services Aust...

Cybersecurity

James Riley
August 19, 2019
Global networking and security giant Cisco has partnered with Victoria University’s Polytechnic to open a multi-million dollar cybersecurity training cen...

Policy

James Riley
August 16, 2019
It has taken some time in finally getting its official launch, but government has opened the doors to a new public-private research hub aimed at using new digi...

Skills

Denham Sadler
August 15, 2019
The federal government will review its business investment visas to make sure Australia is getting the best deal possible on the back of its “first of it...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 15, 2019
The government’s six-week, $858,000 deal with McKinsey to provide advice on the design of Services Australia has been slammed by the public sector union,...

Industry

James Riley
August 14, 2019
The future of direction of the NSW government’s startup and SME-focused industry development body Jobs for NSW remains up in the air five months after th...

Data Rights

Denham Sadler
August 13, 2019
Existing data protection laws have failed Australians and the government needs to get on the front foot to better protect privacy and curb the market dominance...

McKinsey

James Riley
August 13, 2019
Revelations that the federal government is paying McKinsey a standard “day rate” of up to $16,000 for senior partners to provide strategic advice o...

Skills

Denham Sadler
August 13, 2019
The federal government has unveiled a new, fast-tracked migration stream for highly-skilled global talent as part of its newfound effort to address the local s...

Outsourcing

Denham Sadler
August 13, 2019
The government’s use of external consultants to design Services Australia is “deeply concerning” and risks the new department having an &ldqu...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
August 13, 2019
The government is yet to reveal how it would proceed with proposed changes to Employee Share Schemes, nearly nine months after they were first revealed. Tre...

Intelligence

James Riley
August 9, 2019
Less than two years ago , Mike Burgess was the chief information security officer within Australia’s largest telecommunications carrier Telstra. From the ...

Identity

Denham Sadler
August 8, 2019
The government needs to conduct a full-scale review to get its digital identity project back under control in the wake of spiralling costs, delays and a lack o...

Procurement

James Riley
August 8, 2019
The federal government’s Digital Marketplace should be celebrated for the role it has played in driving new digital workforce skills into the public sect...

Skills

Denham Sadler
August 8, 2019
A trial visa program helping Australian tech companies attract skilled overseas workers has been made permanent by the federal government following a 12-month ...

Venture Fund

Denham Sadler
August 7, 2019
The South Australian government has dropped Blue Sky as the manager of its $50 million tech fund, as the company now shows “no interest” in venture...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 7, 2019
Western Australia is set to finally introduce privacy legislation to govern the protection and sharing of personal data, with plans to establish a Privacy Comm...

Identity

Denham Sadler
August 7, 2019
A long-overdue review into identity security has finally been handed to government, just as the Coalition recommits to its controversial facial recognition leg...

Services

Denham Sadler
August 7, 2019
The government has called in the big consultanty firms McKinsey and KPMG to help design its new Services Australia department, with the companies sharing in ne...

Policy

James Riley
August 6, 2019
The Australian Information Industry Association, the 40-year-old vendor-led peak body representing the tech sector, has quietly shuttered its Canberra office, ...

Data rights

Denham Sadler
August 5, 2019
The Consumer Data Right laws are “very complex and messy” and plans to amend them later in the year may lead to further problems, digital rights ...

China

James Riley
August 5, 2019
Australian trade authorities continued to press for more diversified trade with China that included a focus on new technology, regardless of the complexities o...

Maiden Speech

Denham Sadler
August 5, 2019
New Labor Senator Tony Sheldon has thrown down the gauntlet to both major parties to catch up and better regulate the “unaccountable tech titans”, ...

R&D Tax

Denham Sadler
August 5, 2019
A Federal Court decision has “major implications” for Australian tech companies making software claims under the research and development tax incen...

Tax

Denham Sadler
August 5, 2019
As the Morrison government settles in to a new term, industry attention has turned to fixing the “broken” research and development tax incentive to...
Denham Sadler
August 2, 2019
Data61’s inaugural CEO Adrian Turner will leave the CSIRO’s data arm next month after four years in the top job. CSIRO announced on Friday morni...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 2, 2019
Industry minister Karen Andrews will hold a pair of roundtables with high-profile members of the tech and startup communities in an effort to improve relations...

Welfare

Denham Sadler
August 1, 2019
Labor has called on the government to scrap the “seriously malfunctioning” robo-debt program, the first time it has pushed for the controversial sc...

Space

Denham Sadler
August 1, 2019
A failed rocket launch won’t stop Queensland tech company Gilmour Space Technologies from taking “technology risks” in its journey to a comme...

Are we there yet?

Denham Sadler
July 31, 2019
Digital transformation in Australia is currently “missing half the plot” and a “major rethink” is needed in how governments approach th...

Policy

Denham Sadler
July 31, 2019
The government’s Consumer Data Right is set to pass Parliament this week after Labor agreed to support it despite having “deep concerns” with...

Policy

Denham Sadler
July 31, 2019
The decisions made today by the federal government and private sector will determine whether Australia capitalises on the opportunities artificial intelligence...

Telecommunications

Mark Gregory
July 31, 2019
The Australian government has been caught out and our system of government is now at a crossroad. It is not acceptable that our government, on the pretext of &...

Performance Review

Denham Sadler
July 29, 2019
The Industry Growth Centres are “generally on track,” but the government will struggle to measure their overall effectiveness, a long-awaited repor...

Platforms

Denham Sadler
July 29, 2019
The competition watchdog’s proposed changes to merger laws would hurt Australia tech companies and lead to entrepreneurs relocating overseas, according t...

Digital Platforms

Denham Sadler
July 26, 2019
The federal government should pursue “significant, holistic reform” to curb the market dominance of Google and Facebook and better protect the pers...

Speech

Denham Sadler
July 26, 2019
The newly-elected Liberal member for Wentworth Dave Sharma has called for a greater focus on supporting technology companies and the commercialisation of ideas...

Identity

Denham Sadler
July 26, 2019
The Victorian government’s first public trial of its new facial recognition technology has been “diabolical” and was “absolutely destin...

Identity

Denham Sadler
July 26, 2019
Australia Post has become the first entity outside of government to be approved as a “trusted” digital identity provider by the Commonwealth tech t...

Government

Denham Sadler
July 26, 2019
The federal government’s growing reliance on outsourcing and contract employees in the public service will be scrutinised by a new national auditor inqui...

Competition

James Riley
July 25, 2019
Just weeks before the Australian government publicly releases the final report from the ACCC’s landmark tech platforms inquiry, the US government has ope...

Data Rights

Denham Sadler
July 24, 2019
The government has introduced Consumer Data Right legislation to Parliament for the second time, weeks after the launch of the open banking pilot program. T...

Policy

Denham Sadler
July 24, 2019
An intensive cybersecurity bootcamp is among the successful recipients of more than $1 million in funding from the government’s Incubator Support program...

Policy

James Riley
July 24, 2019
A new book about digital transformation in government will launch next week, written by a couple of senior private sector executives and arriving at an interes...

R$D Tax Incentive

Denham Sadler
July 23, 2019
Uncertainty still surrounds the research and development tax incentive, with the government committing to reforming the popular scheme but not providing any cl...

Future of Work

Andrew Herrmann
July 23, 2019
Technology is rapidly reshaping the workplace, bringing demand for new skills. But the skills that will define successful future workers have always been integ...

AA laws

Denham Sadler
July 23, 2019
The federal government’s new encryption laws may contravene major international laws in the US and Europe Union, putting Australian companies at risk of ...

Delivery

James Riley
July 22, 2019
NEC Australia says it has commenced court proceedings in the Victorian Supreme Court to recover costs and expenses related to a failed $90 million biometric pr...

Ambition

Jens Goennemann
July 21, 2019
It is moonwalk month. On July 20, everybody except the moon landing truthers can celebrate 50 years since Aldrin said those immortal words to Armstrong, &ldquo...

Procurement

James Riley
July 17, 2019
The whole of government sourcing arrangement signed between the Digital Transformation Agency and the global cloud giant Amazon Web Services raises serious que...

Digital

James Riley
July 16, 2019
Former NSW secretary to the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation Martin Hoffman has been tapped by the Commonwealth to develop a new plan for the way...

Cyber

James Riley
July 15, 2019
It is more than twenty years since possible rules of behaviour in ‘cyberspace’ were first discussed at the United Nations, and it is now two-and-a-...

Data

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 15, 2019
Australia is relatively open to cross-border data flows when compared to other G20 economies, but is limited by a number of restrictive measures, according to ...

Policy

Michelle Rowland
July 10, 2019
It has been said the 1800s were the Golden Age of scams. This is when the term "con man" rose to prominence, and according to the New York Times , it also hap...

Innovation

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 9, 2019
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has selected Adelaide’s innovation precinct, Lot Fourteen, as the fourth global location for its prestigious ...

Skills

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 9, 2019
More than a year after the 457 visa program was scrapped by the federal government, a new research paper from the department of industry shows firms that used ...

Industry policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 9, 2019
The Department of Industry's Office of the Chief Economist has released a series of reports on the government industry support programs, delivering a largely f...

Encryption

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 9, 2019
Following months of industry backlash, the Department of Home Affairs has acknowledged the perception of Australia’s anti-encryption laws has had “...

Encryption

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 9, 2019
There is a broad consensus across Australia’s tech industry that the country’s encryption laws have hurt the sector’s ability to export and i...

Broadband

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 3, 2019
The Queensland government, together with Powerlink Queensland and Energy Queensland, have jointly launched FibreCo Queensland to provide internet connectivity ...

Policy

James Riley
July 3, 2019
The CSIRO’s specialist business unit Data61 celebrated its third birthday this week. It is worth noting the milestone. The organisation is structurally v...

Government

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 3, 2019
The New South Wales government’s tech SME and startup program Pitch to Pilot has prompted some strangely mixed reviews. None of the companies interviewed...

Media

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 3, 2019
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) handed the long-awaited final report from its Digital Platforms Inquiry to the federal government ove...

Business

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 3, 2019
The NSW Innovation and Productivity Council (IPC) released a first-time report on the economic impact that different businesses sizes have when measured agains...

Cybersecurity

Aimee Chanthadavong
July 3, 2019
Australian cybersecurity startups Cydarm and SecureStack have been named as finalists of the RSA Conference (RSAC) Asia Pacific and Japan Launch Pad. The co...

Procurement

James Riley
June 28, 2019
The Australian Government rolled out a red carpet this week for hyper-scale cloud platform provider Amazon Web Services, helpfully launching a standardised who...

Defence

Joan Westenberg
June 27, 2019
Freshly-minted Defence Industry minister Melissa Price has recommitted government to maximising opportunities for local SMEs in Defence procurement, and to foc...

StartupLand

Joan Westenberg
June 27, 2019
South Australia will pay the Sydney-headquartered FinTech incubator and co-working space Stone and Chalk nearly $8 million over three years to manage a space i...

Space

Joan Westenberg
June 27, 2019
The Queensland government has ramped up efforts to snag a bigger slice of Australia’s nascent space sector, committing to the development of a Queensland...

Policy

Joan Westenberg
June 25, 2019
The Queensland government’s red carpet roll-out for game developers, designers, production companies and other creative startups has gathered momentum wi...

Broadband

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 25, 2019
Huawei Australia chief technology officer David Soldani has delivered a blistering assessment of Australia’s national broadband roll-out, hammering both ...

Policy

James Riley
June 25, 2019
The G20 leaders’ summit kicks off in Osaka later this week, with topics of innovation and the operation of the digital economy now central to the discuss...

AI

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 24, 2019
Standards Australia has called for national feedback on setting standards for the application of artificial intelligence technologies in Australia, as part of ...

Skills

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 24, 2019
In his first major domestic speech since the May 18 federal poll, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged to improve Australia’s digital skills, and to...

SIV

Joan Westenberg
June 24, 2019
The total inward investment flows from Australia’s Significant Investor Visa program since it was launched in 2012 has now topped $10 billion, according ...

Research

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 21, 2019
The chief executive  of the CSIRO's Data61 unit Adrian Turner has called on Australia to build sovereign capabilities in ethical artificial intelligence, s...

R&D

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 20, 2019
Industry minister Karen Andrews has called on for more lenders to build programs that give greater support to Australian technology companies, after the NAB un...

Cybersecurity

James Riley
June 20, 2019
Cyber security professionals have welcomed the appointment of Rachel Noble to head the Australian Cyber Security Centre as a suitable replacement for the outgo...

R&D Tax

Denham Sadler
June 20, 2019
The federal government is mulling the introduction of a “patent box” tax break scheme to encourage the commercialisation of research by local tech ...

Digital

Denham Sadler
June 20, 2019
The federal government’s digital dashboard is still struggling with missing data and tardy reporting from departments two and a half years after it was l...

NSW Budget

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 18, 2019
The NSW government says it will be spend a total of $3.1 billion in the next financial year prioritising customer service in the work it undertakes around poli...

NSW Budget

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 18, 2019
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has handed down a state budget that includes an allocation of more than half-a-billion dollars over four years to boost digital...

National Outlook

James Riley
June 18, 2019
Australia is a risk of sliding into a period of slow economic, social and environmental decline unless governments and the business community tackle specific t...

Skills

Denham Sadler
June 17, 2019
The twelve-month pilot of a Global Talent Scheme for tech-focused visas will be continued past its looming finish date as the federal government conducts a rev...

Research

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 17, 2019
Liberal senator Arthur Sinodinos has pledged to keep a keen eye on science and innovation, even as he is set to become Australia’s next Ambassador to the...
Denham Sadler
June 17, 2019
The Queensland government has defended its spending on tech projects after the Opposition accused it of being a “digital disaster zone” with $450 m...

Exit

Denham Sadler
June 17, 2019
Former Victorian innovation minister Philip Dalidakis has quit state Parliament with immediate effect to take up a new role at Australia Post. Mr Dalidakis ...

Data

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 17, 2019
Sydney-based scale-up Data Republic is readying for a new global push into new markets with a brand refresh and a refocused enterprise product appeal. Co-fo...

TelcoLand

Denham Sadler
June 14, 2019
The government should place data security at the centre of its efforts to develop an artificial intelligence ethics framework, according to the communications ...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
June 12, 2019
The Victorian government will continue funding its startup agency LaunchVic beyond next year, but a review into its future focus is underway, state Innovation ...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
June 12, 2019
Australia’s controversial encryption laws could impact cybersecurity education providers as the local sector takes a reputational hit, Holmes Institute e...

State Budget

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 12, 2019
Queensland Treasurer and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has given the state’s flagship Advance Queensland tech and innovation strategy a $105 million boost a...

R&D Tax

Denham Sadler
June 11, 2019
The federal government will go ahead with a plan to outsource some of the research and development tax incentive compliance process, but is yet to make a final...

Research

Denham Sadler
June 11, 2019
Australia’s commercialisation woes are more due to the private sector’s unwillingness to solve new problems rather than cultural issues at universi...

Policy

Denham Sadler
June 11, 2019
The debate over the need for further legislation to better regulate the gig economy has been reignited following a “devastating” Fair Work Ombudsma...

Blockchain

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 11, 2019
Australian-based investment management firm First Digital Capital (FDC) is preparing to open its fund up to wholesale investors for the first time at the end o...

Digital policy

Denham Sadler
June 4, 2019
The Digital Transformation Agency will remain an independent agency but has been moved under the remit of the new Services Australia department, a rebadged Dep...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
June 4, 2019
Australia’s leading research university has been the target of a significant cyber attack, with a “sophisticated actor” accessing large amoun...

Service delivery

James Riley
June 4, 2019
As Stuart Robert sits down in the coming days to design a strategic imitation of the Service NSW model for digital service delivery, there is an important flaw...

Shadow Ministry

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 3, 2019
Victorian Labor MP Tim Watts, a former senior staffer to Stephen Conroy as Communications minister in the Rudd government, has been appointed shadow assistant ...

Labor Ministry

Denham Sadler
June 3, 2019
New shadow innovation minister Clare O’Neil is set to continue Labor’s focus on digital skills and human capital in the technology policy debate. ...

Space

Denham Sadler
June 3, 2019
NASA’s plan to launch rockets from the Northern Territory is another watershed moment for the Australian space sector, with hopes the venture will encour...

Renewables

Aimee Chanthadavong
June 3, 2019
In a bid to build out Queensland’s emerging hydrogen extraction industry, the Queensland government said it will commit $19 million to support the roll-o...

Future of Work

Seamus Byrne
June 3, 2019
The autonomous future of freight has picked up momentum, and the latest shift of gears sees the US Postal Service launching a test phase for trucks hauling mai...

Shadow Ministry

James Riley
June 2, 2019
Former Labor leader Bill Shorten has been soft-landed into the shadow Cabinet in the challenging NDIS and service delivery portfolio, while the experienced Bre...

Policy

James Riley
May 31, 2019
Four days before the May 18 federal election, InnovationAus.com hosted Ed Husic at our offices in conjunction with StartupAus for a no-holds-barred question ...

Capital

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 31, 2019
Australia-based private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) fundraising achieved record highs in 2018, with a new report by the Australian Investment Council ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
May 30, 2019
Fresh from a $24 million capital raise, Internet of Things semiconductor startup Morse Micro has vowed to keep its headquarters and research and development op...

Digital policy

James Riley
May 30, 2019
It’s early days, but in the absence detail let’s call it a poor imitation that flatters to deceive. ‘Lipstick on a pig’ also comes to m...

Digital

Denham Sadler
May 29, 2019
Services Australia sputtered to life on Thursday, not as an artful clone of the highly successful NSW delivery agency Service NSW, but as a simply re-named Dep...
Jared Mondschein, Don Scott-Kemmis
May 29, 2019
Bob Hawke helped make Australia’s economy globally competitive by making the tough but necessary choice of opening it up to the world.  There is ...

Leadership

Denham Sadler
May 29, 2019
Ed Husic has stepped down from the Labor frontbench and his position as shadow minister for human services and the digital economy. Mr Husic has been a majo...

FinTech

Denham Sadler
May 29, 2019
Victorian senator Jane Hume has become sworn in as Australia’s first assistant minister for financial technology within Prime Minister Scott Morrison&rsq...

R&D Tax

Denham Sadler
May 29, 2019
The Commonwealth’s flagship R&D Tax Incentive program is too complex and difficult for smaller companies – a proposition underlined by the $200...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 29, 2019
If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then the New South Wales’ Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello must be feeling pretty fl...

Policy

James Riley
May 28, 2019
Job creation and building industrial capacity would be central themes for the Morrison government across portfolios, newly reappointed Industry, Research and T...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
May 27, 2019
Victorian government startup agency LaunchVic has been given a $10 million funding top-up as part of the state budget, and will continue operating for at least...

TelcoLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 27, 2019
Paul Fletcher’s appointment as Minister for Communications, Cybersafety and the Arts as part of Scott Morrison’s Second Ministry leaves him with th...

Policy

Denham Sadler
May 27, 2019
The technology sector has welcomed the reappointment of Karen Andrews as industry minister with hopes it will bring newfound policy stability after going throu...

Precincts

Seamus Byrne
May 27, 2019
Newly-appointed NSW Innovation minister Kevin Anderson has unveiled a further $12.5 million investment toward the expansion of the deep tech-focused ANSTO Inno...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 27, 2019
Jobs for NSW has announced its first Regional Pitchfest since the formerly independent agency was restructured last month following the re-election of the Bere...

Morrison Cabinet

James Riley
May 26, 2019
In naming his second ministry on Sunday, Scott Morrison unveiled dramatic changes to the federal service delivery structures, as well as a new communications m...

Election 2019

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 24, 2019
Veteran Labor industry spokesman Kim Carr has announced he will not renominate to be part of the next Labor shadow ministry. “I have spoken to Anthony...

Digital

Paul Shetler
May 24, 2019
The newly-elected Coalition government has a tremendous opportunity to make a few serious and fundamental changes to the Commonwealth’s structures, proce...

Blue Sky

Denham Sadler
May 23, 2019
The South Australian government is seeking “urgent advice” on its $50 million Venture Capital Fund run by Blue Sky Alternative Investments after th...

Education

Seamus Byrne
May 23, 2019
Newly-appointed NSW Skills and Tertiary Education minister Dr Geoff Lee has told an IBM conference in Sydney on Wednesday that the state will expand the lauded...

Policy

Seamus Byrne
May 23, 2019
Both Science & Technology Australia and the Australian Academy of Science have released statements on the re-election of the Coalition government, welcomin...

Manufacturing

Denham Sadler
May 22, 2019
The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre has launched a new educational platform aiming to help local manufacturers keep pace with digital change and build res...

TelcoLand

Mark Gregory
May 22, 2019
If there is anything to be learned from the last election campaign it is that politicians still do not understand technology and the impact it has on the natio...

Policy

Denham Sadler
May 22, 2019
The federal government’s new child support IT system is “not able to meet the needs of the business” and has led to increased workloads for p...

Energy

Don Scott-Kemmis
May 21, 2019
Australia has developed a reasonably strong research system but a weak innovation system  – and as there has not been a good diagnosis of the problem...

Digital

James Riley
May 21, 2019
What will Prime Minister Scott Morrison do with the Digital Transformation Agency, the forgotten child of the Commonwealth? The DTA has been many things to man...

Encryption bill

Denham Sadler
May 20, 2019
Planned amendments to the government’s highly controversial encryption legislation are likely dead in the water following the weekend’s shock elect...

Cybersecurity

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 20, 2019
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has expanded the state’s digital service delivery agenda with the establishment of a Cyber Security NSW office...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 20, 2019
The newly-elected Coalition government has been urged to include technology and digital skills in its broader economic vision after a “miracle” win...

Election 2019

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 20, 2019
Australia’s former ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma said he is “humbled” by his election win in the federal seat of Wentworth, after current ...

Election 2019

James Riley
May 20, 2019
Karen Andrews was the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in the previous Morrison Government and does not want to tempt fate by speculating on whether...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 20, 2019
Scott Morrison hailed the Coalition’s shock election win as a “miracle”, on a disastrous night for the Labor Party. Despite every poll and...

5G networks

Michael Sainsbury
May 17, 2019
Less than two months ago Australia was perched alone, like a shag on a rock, in its hard line banning of Huawei from the network build. It was not supposed to ...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 16, 2019
While technology and innovation -focused policies have not been nearly as front and centre during this election campaign as they were in 2016, there have still ...

Election Editorial

James Riley
May 16, 2019
As Australian voters head to the polls on Saturday to elect a new federal government, they will have a clear choice between Prime Minister Scott Morrison's sta...

Election 2019

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 16, 2019
Science policy is not usually the issue on which Australia turns would be an understatement. But at the 2019 election, the science discussion has been surprisi...

Science

James Riley
May 16, 2019
Escalating economic and geopolitical competition between the US and China has sharpened this past week, manifested in a raft and new trade tariffs and increasi...

Gig economy

Denham Sadler
May 16, 2019
The debate about regulation in the gig economy needed to move away from a focus on how workers are classified and towards a broader approach that ensures indiv...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 15, 2019
Labor has been urged to consider the impact of its planned changes to the capital gains tax on the Australian tech sector and whether a startup exemption is ne...

Election 2019

James Riley
May 15, 2019
Labor has rounded out its campaign-long focus on skills and capability development with a $5 million pledge to establish a Digital Skills Centre of Excellence....

ConstructionTech

Seamus Byrne
May 15, 2019
A report into the state of technology in the Australian construction industry has pointed out the sector faces numerous regulatory and compliance challenges. ...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 15, 2019
Mirvac and its consortium partners, AMP Capital, Sunsuper and Centuria Property Funds have opened the doors to the first two buildings of its revamped tech and...

Gig economy

Denham Sadler
May 14, 2019
The Victorian Government could “fill the democratic void” in gig economy regulation left by the “inertia” at the federal level, accordi...

Election 2019

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 14, 2019
Opposition digital economy spokesman Ed Husic says that if Labor wins this Saturday’s federal election, its focus will be more on the development of huma...

China

James Riley
May 14, 2019
As China's economic power grows, its cultural power will also grow, together with a desire to project that cultural power, according to long-time China watcher...

Privacy Week

Seamus Byrne
May 14, 2019
New research from CSIRO’s Data61 unit has found that even the most popular and trusted websites are using chains of third-party scripts and services...

Telcoland

David Havyatt
May 13, 2019
Anyone who attends the ACCC and Australian Energy Regulator (AER) annual regulatory conference is struck by the existential dilemma that afflicts competition r...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 13, 2019
Federal Labor has promised to provide 5,000 free TAFE places for information technology and digital courses if it wins the May 18 election, giving the Australi...

Election 2019

James Riley
May 13, 2019
The space sector has become an unlikely battleground for competing industry policies in the 2019 election, as Industry Minister Karen Andrews on Monday unveile...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 13, 2019
The popular interactive games fund would be reinstated under an elected Labor government, with $25 million in funding pledged over three years. Labor leader...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 13, 2019
Labor will fund a new health technology accelerator and medical simulation facilities in Melbourne’s south-east as part of a $15 million digital health e...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 10, 2019
Labor would cut more than $300 million from the Industry Growth Centres and Entrepreneurs’ Programme – nearly half of the overall budget for these ...

Election 2019

James Riley
May 10, 2019
Industry Minister Karen Andrews says Labor’s “half-baked” plan to offer a tax off-set premium for companies that collaborate with universitie...

Cybersecurity

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 10, 2019
There are varying opinions of who should be Australia’s next cyber security chief, what that role should look like, and whether there’s an opportun...

Election 2019

Denham Salder
May 10, 2019
An elected Labor government would provide $7.5 million towards a major telescope project in Western Australia in a "white coat meets blue collar" policy announ...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 9, 2019
Kim Carr has doubled down on Labor’s support for the local electric vehicles sector, announcing a $57 million pledge to help build a new local automotive...

Startup Genome

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 9, 2019
The continued strength of Australia’s startup ecosystems has been put on notice in the 2019 edition of the highly regarded Startup Genome report: Sydney ...

Election 2019

Seamus Byrne
May 9, 2019
The leaders of seven Australian health and biotech industry groups have joined forces to press both sides of politics to preserve and strengthen support of res...

Election 2019

Seamus Byrne
May 8, 2019
Peak industry body Science & Technology Australia (STA) has released an election summary report card covering the policies of the major parties across a ...

Broadband

Mark Gregory
May 8, 2019
Two announcements this week have painted a grim picture of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in the lead-up to the federal election, and for many Australian...

Games sector

Seamus Byrne
May 8, 2019
Australia’s biggest esports event, the Intel Extreme Masters Sydney (IEM), went off with a bang over the past weekend as more than 7,500 fans on each of ...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
May 8, 2019
One third of all data breaches included some element of social engineering, representing a sharp increase over previous years, according to the 2019 Verizon Da...

Health

James Riley
May 8, 2019
Digital health is a much misunderstood term in Australia at a time when the emerging sector is coming of age elsewhere in the world. This is not about ICT and ...

Election 2019

James Riley
May 8, 2019
Federal Labor will offer businesses an R&D tax offset premium for collaborating with universities and science-based agencies like the CSIRO to bring new kn...

Election 2019

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 8, 2019
The Coalition will hand Australia’s manufacturing sector a $50 million boost as part of the newly created Manufacturing Modernisation Fund. Under the ...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 7, 2019
Labor has pledged $25 million for the creation of regional digital skills hubs, and has put government tech suppliers on notice that they should be prepared to...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 6, 2019
The Greens will focus on improving the digital rights of Australians and rolling back the “heinous” legislation recently passed in the next Parliam...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 6, 2019
The government’s further crackdown on social media companies and their users is another “knee-jerk reaction” that will not address the actual...

DTA

Denham Sadler
May 6, 2019
The Digital Transformation Agency is on the hunt for a chief information officer as it prepares for an "exciting period of development and change". The role...

Cybersecurity

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 6, 2019
Alastair MacGibbon has resigned from his role as the head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and National Cyber Security Adviser. Australian Sig...

Election 2019

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 6, 2019
A long-term commitment to invest in STEM education and research from all sides of politics is essential if Australia wants to be taken seriously as an innovati...

Election 2019

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 6, 2019
Labor says it will splash $20 million to establish a space industry cluster in the NSW regional suburb of Jerrabomberra, located just over the border with the ...

Election 2019

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 2, 2019
Establishing a $100 million skills fund to address the needs of the fourth industry revolution is one of 17 policy ideas the Australian Computer Society (ACS) ...

Comment

Hilary McGeachy
May 2, 2019
It’s difficult to get beyond the headlines about the race between the United States and China to set 5G standards, and competition over the future global...

Election 2019

Seamus Byrne
May 2, 2019
Labor’s R&D target of  three per cent of GDP in the coming decade requires science to be “back at the centre of government,” says sha...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
May 2, 2019
South Australian AI-based medical imaging startup Presagen has completed a $4.5 million funding raise, enabling the company to take its technology designed to ...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
May 2, 2019
Voters should hold the major political parties to account on digital rights and remember the recent litany of tech failures when heading to the polls, Digital ...

Election 2019

James Riley
May 1, 2019
Federal Labor is putting new money behind blockchain as an important strategic technology, earmarking $3 million to establish a Blockchain Academy in Perth, de...

Investment

Denham Sadler
May 1, 2019
Public investment in startups and tech companies is dropping while private investment growth is slowing in troubling signs for the local sectors amid political...

Policy

Denham Sadler
May 1, 2019
The tax office is set to unleash its data-matching capabilities to crackdown on cryptocurrency traders avoiding tax.   The Australian Taxation Office reve...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 30, 2019
Creating a framework to regulate new transport technologies was one of four recommendations a new report by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineerin...

Election 2019

James Riley
April 30, 2019
It should not surprise anyone who works in science and technology that their interests did not form any part of the key messaging of either major party during ...

STEM

James Riley
April 30, 2019
Industry Minister Karen Andrews will this morning unveil new details of a $6.2 million schools-based program to produce a bigger pool of potential engineering ...

Election 2019

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 29, 2019
A re-elected Coalition government has unveiled a $156 million package to bolster Australia’s cyber security defences and improve the nation’s abili...

Election 2019

Seamus Byrne
April 29, 2019
Labor has unveiled new funding for CSIRO-led climate research at an election doorstop on Friday. Shadow industry spokesman Kim Carr, announced the promised boo...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
April 26, 2019
Labor will move to further exempt startups from planned cuts to the research and development tax incentive if it wins the upcoming federal election. In the ...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
April 26, 2019
A concerted effort is needed from technology, innovation and digital rights groups to unite and ensure tech issues are on the agenda in the next Parliament, ac...

5G Rollout

Mark Gregory
April 26, 2019
Chinese telecommunications powerhouse Huawei has been given the go ahead to participate in Britain’s 5G network rollouts, media reports out of the UK hav...

Podcast

James Riley
April 24, 2019
The first time Cylance founder chief executive Stuart McClure travelled to Australia, as a 19-year-old, he had a near-death experience en-route that changed hi...

Election 2019

James Riley
April 23, 2019
Former Innovation and Science Australia board member and tech industry veteran Daniel Petre has offered a withering assessment of the federal government’...

AI

Denham Sadler
April 23, 2019
Labor’s planned $4 million national centre of excellence for artificial intelligence will be based in Melbourne, with the Opposition turning its attentio...

Election 2019

April 23, 2019
The federal government has committed $100 million over five years for a fund providing "patient capital" to Australian small and medium businesses in a move th...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
April 23, 2019
Labor will crack down on the skilled visa scheme if it wins the upcoming election, but has moved to reassure the tech sector that this will not impact efforts ...

Digital

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 23, 2019
Australia’s former ambassador to Israel and Liberal candidate for the Sydney seat of Wentworth, Dave Sharma says Australia’s Department of Foreign ...

Policy

James Riley
April 18, 2019
Freshly-minted NSW customer service minister Victor Dominello will impose mandated digital designs and data architectures across government departments in orde...

Policy

Denham Sadler
April 18, 2019
Government’s failure to pass the Consumer Data Right legislation before the May election could lead to further delays to the rollout of the open banking ...

Cyber Security

Denham Sadler
April 18, 2019
The federal government has rejected a recommendation to make the Australian Signals Directorate’s “baseline” Essential Eight cyber mitigation...

Government

Denham Sadler
April 17, 2019
The most significant shift in the Victorian government’s IT infrastructure in more than a decade will be completed by the end of the year. State-owned...

Digital

Denham Sadler
April 17, 2019
The Australian Digital Council has met for the last time before the federal election and a significant shake-up of its membership. The council, formed last ...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 17, 2019
With the federal government now in caretaker mode ahead of the May poll, the Department of Industry has quietly shelved the public release of its Industry Grow...

Election 2019

Denham Sadler
April 15, 2019
The federal election campaign has officially kicked off, and it’s already clear that the tech sector will not feature in the prominent way it did during ...

Skills

Denham Sadler
April 15, 2019
The Opposition will make a major election pitch at human capital and skills to address looming technological change, the shadow treasurer flagged in his speech...

Electric vehicles

Denham Sadler
April 15, 2019
A toxic scare campaign surrounding electric vehicles in the first week of the federal election campaign “flies in the face of fact” and risks seein...

Transport

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 15, 2019
Virgin Hyperloop One hopes to get its hyperloop services up and running for passengers before the end of 2030. To many, this is an ambitious goal. But for t...

Space

Denham Sadler
April 15, 2019
A new $110 million smart satellites Cooperative Research Centre will be the "engine room" for the Australian space sector and help local companies take on the ...

Policy

James Riley
April 11, 2019
The David Thodey-led industry growth agency Jobs for NSW has been moved into a new Business and Economic Development Unit within the state’s Treasury por...

Privacy

James Riley
April 11, 2019
A funding boost for the Office of the Information Commissioner in this year’s budget would be used to underwrite new responsibilities, rather than addres...

Data61

Seamus Byrne
April 11, 2019
In a new study released by the OECD, CSIRO's Data61 has been recognised as a "global blueprint" for digital and open innovation. The report on opportunities...

Cloud

Aidan Tudehope
April 10, 2019
The Whole-of-Government Hosting Strategy released last week is a much more substantial document than its slim 17 pages suggests. Indeed, it seems to flag some...

Policy

Mark Gregory
April 10, 2019
The Shadow Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland has released Labor’s election policy for the National Broadband Network (NBN). The plan focuses o...

Industry Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 10, 2019
Itree has launched its secure inter-agency information sharing platform, Reach, following a 15-month pilot under the federal government’s embryonic Busin...

R&D scheme

Denham Sadler
April 10, 2019
The government has given "no indication" that it will back away from the planned $2.4 billion cut to the research and development tax incentive, with further d...

Govt contracts

Denham Sadler
April 10, 2019
The departure of NEC Australia general manager Mike Barber means half of the tech company’s leadership team has left in the last year and a half, in the ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
April 9, 2019
The Digital Transformation Agency only used a small amount of its allocated funding to investigate the use of blockchain to deliver government services, and wi...

Broadband

James Riley
April 9, 2019
Federal Labor has earmarked $125 million toward an NBN quick-fix for up to 750,000 customers with poor in-home cabling, and a further $60 million to conduct fi...

Policy

James Riley
April 9, 2019
The creation in New South Wales of a Department of Customer Service with the centralisation of functions of data analytics and service delivery is the most amb...

Industry

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 9, 2019
When the Christchurch terror attack took place on March 15, it didn’t take long for the New Zealand tech sector to put out a uniform condemnation of the ...

AI

Denham Sadler
April 8, 2019
Australia is "behind the curve" on artificial intelligence and must tackle the surrounding ethical issues in order to fully capitalise on its "life-changing" i...

Law enforcement

Denham Sadler
April 8, 2019
The federal government should be more transparent about its use of facial recognition technology and work more closely with the private sector in development I...

Policy

Denham Sadler
April 5, 2019
The Victorian government’s plan for a “flagship” Apple store at Federation Square are over after Heritage Victoria rejected an application to...

Cyber Security

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 5, 2019
The NSW Cyber Security Network (NSWCSN) will be handing out money vouchers to cyber security startups and SMEs to work with selected NSW universities on cyber ...

Budget 2019

James Riley
April 5, 2019
Shadow industry minister Kim Carr spent Wednesday chiding his government counterpart – the Minister for Industry, Science and Research Karen Andrews &nda...

R&D incentive

Denham Sadler
April 4, 2019
The research and development tax incentive is in “free fall”, the Opposition has said, with business R&D spending falling by nearly 30 percent ...

AA Bill

Denham Sadler
April 4, 2019
The federal government's controversial encryption laws will remain unchanged until after the upcoming election after the Opposition's amendments remained stall...

Social Media

James Riley
April 4, 2019
The tech sector was dismayed by the passage of the Assistance and Access bill on the chaotic last sitting day of 2018. The industry had been blind-sided by the...

NSW Election

James Riley
April 4, 2019
Gladys Berejiklian’s structural overhaul of the NSW public service is underpinned by a radical rethinking of how the state allocates resources and how it...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 4, 2019
Helping startups to scale-up is one of the fresh priorities the Queensland state government has outlined as part of its new Advance Queensland blueprint, Build...

Social Media

Denham Sadler
April 4, 2019
On the last Parliamentary sitting day of 2018, the federal government and Opposition combined to rush through highly complex and controversial technology-focus...

Budget 2019

Denham Sadler
April 2, 2019
The government has not provided any clarity on the research and development tax incentive in the federal budget, but appears to have sliced a further $1.35 bil...

Budget 2019

Denham Sadler
April 2, 2019
The federal government has slashed $50 million from two of its “flagship” initiatives launched as part of the National Innovation and Science Agend...

Budget 2019

James Riley
April 2, 2019
Josh Frydenberg’s first budget delivers a nominal return to surplus next financial year. But to get there, the Treasurer has killed off any residual atta...

Budget 2019

Denham Sadler
April 2, 2019
The controversial My Health Record service has been given a $200 million funding boost in the federal budget, with a number of other tech-driven delivery platf...

Science

Seamus Byrne
April 2, 2019
While the Coalition budget’s science announcements hold one marquee boost to the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), there was precious little to impres...

Budget 2019

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 2, 2019
The federal government says its $525.3 million vocational education and training skills package investment delivered as part of the 2019-20 Budget will equip A...

Encryption

James Riley
April 2, 2019
The powerful Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is expected to table its review of government’s controversial encryption legisl...

Electric vehicles

Denham Sadler
April 2, 2019
Labor has unveiled “Australia’s first” national electric vehicles policy package, just days after the federal government confirmed its own st...

Transformation

Martin Stewart-Weeks & Simon Cooper
April 2, 2019
It's budget (and election) time again. The federal Government will doubtless announce some additional funding for digital transformation projects including f...

Export markets

Denham Sadler
April 1, 2019
The federal government will give the Export Market Development Grants scheme a $60 million top up in this week’s budget, a popular support program for te...

Social media

Denham Sadler
April 1, 2019
The government’s new social media laws it plans to rush through Parliament this week are “heavy-handed and pointless”, according to former go...

Data Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
April 1, 2019
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published its draft rules for the looming Consumer Data Right regime and is seeking feedback from...

Encryption

Denham Sadler
April 1, 2019
The federal government’s highly controversial encryption legislation has been referred to an independent monitor for review by the parliament, the first ...

NSW Election

James Riley
March 31, 2019
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has doubled-down on the state’s digital service delivery agenda with the creation of a new Customer Service mi...

Data integrity

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 29, 2019
  The Australian government quietly introduced on Friday afternoon a whole-of-government data hosting strategy to address immediate issues around risks to ...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 29, 2019
A future Shorten Government has promised it will end political interference in the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) grants process.  “Bi...

Electric vehicles

Denham Sadler
March 29, 2019
The federal government not releasing its electric vehicles strategy until mid-2020 is "woefully inadequate and downright irresponsible", independent senator Ti...

Cyber warfare

Denham Sadler
March 28, 2019
Australia’s spy agency has opened up about its offensive cyber warfare capabilities as part of an effort to recruit "many hundreds of people" in the comi...

Encryption

Seamus Byrne
March 27, 2019
The federal government’s controversial encryption legislation had been undermined by an unseemly rush through the Parliament that throttled its industry ...

Encryption

James Riley
March 27, 2019
Federal Labor has committed to re-writing controversial encryption laws to reflect the recommendations of a parliamentary joint committee that was handed to Au...

Encryption

Denham Sadler
March 27, 2019
Leading Australian encryption technology provider Senetas will move offshore unless a series of changes are made to the government’s highly controversial...

Data

Denham Sadler
March 27, 2019
The federal government has formed a data advisory group to help it find the “right balance” in making data available to departments while upholding...

Social Media

Denham Sadler
March 27, 2019
Facebook and other tech giants will face tough new legislation to force them to take down extremist content more quickly, with the attorney-general labeling th...

Industry

Denham Sadler
March 26, 2019
Microsoft has called for the tech sector to put aside rivalries and work together to better moderate and remove extremist content in the wake of the Christchur...

Encryption

James Riley
March 26, 2019
A broad coalition of more than 300 people working in or around the tech sector will gather in Sydney on Wednesday morning to put a voice to concerns about the ...

Startups

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 26, 2019
Melbourne-based cross border payments platform Airwallex has just earned unicorn status, following a successful Series C fundraising round of US$100 million. ...

Privacy

Denham Sadler
March 25, 2019
The national privacy and information regulator   would get a $25 million funding boost and stronger penalties would be introduced for tech giants that ove...

Data Rights

James Riley
Denham Sadler
March 25, 2019
A showdown has been set in the Senate over the Consumer Data Right legislation, with Labor pledging to move a number of amendments after a government-led commi...

Digital Marketing

Seamus Byrne
March 25, 2019
Something needs to be done about the concentration of digital advertising around Facebook and Google, with both regularly changing the rules so there is little...

Censorship

Denham Sadler
March 20, 2019
A move by Australia's biggest telcos to arbitrarily block several websites following the Christchurch terrorist attack is a "slippery slope" and sets a "very w...

Policy

James Riley
March 20, 2019
The only way to mitigate the consistent and persistent “negative externalities” of Facebook and other social media platforms is through government ...

Digital ID

Denham Sadler
March 20, 2019
An extra $67.2 million earmarked for the government’s digital ID project is just one of several tech investments to be featured in next month’s bud...

R&D

Denham Sadler
March 20, 2019
The federal government has held its first roundtable on the research and development tax incentive as it looks to fix the troubled legislation, but no changes ...

City development

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 20, 2019
Adelaide has been announced as the home of the seventh city deal that will see all three levels of governments work together over the next 10 years to grow the...

Blockchain

Aimee Chanthadavong
March 20, 2019
CSIRO's Data61 chief executive Adrian Turner has signalled the need for Australia to lead in blockchain adoption, rather than be a laggard. "In the past, Au...

APS Review

Denham Sadler
March 20, 2019
Automation and artificial intelligence present "compelling opportunities" for the Australian public sector to deliver better services to the public, but intern...

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 rel