Policy

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

Innovation

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

StartupLand

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

AgriTech

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

Policy

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

eHealth

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Digital

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

Policy

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

CyberSecurity

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

CyberSecurity

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

Digital ID & data

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Cloud

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

Policy

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

Trade

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

Policy

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

Huawei

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

Huawei

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

Research

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

Civic Nation

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

Policy

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

Identity

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

Policy

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

Space

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

AI

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

Research

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

Policy

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

China

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

TelcoLand

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

StartupLand

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

TelcoLand

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

Federation Square

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

Digital

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

Data policy

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

Data policy

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

TelcoLand

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

Health Records

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Encryption

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

VC

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

Policy

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

Enterprise

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

AI policy

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

Digital health

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

The Establishment

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

Privacy

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

Cyber

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

StartupLand

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

CyberSecurity

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

Telco

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

Open banking

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

Google HQ

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

Foreign aid

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Open banking

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

Policy

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

Media

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

Health records

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

Gaming

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

Qld govt

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

Skills

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

R&D tax

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

Space

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

Cyber

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

Policy

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

Senate Report

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

Senate Report

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

China

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

Data sharing

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

Govt services

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

Defence

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

Digital

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

The Establishment

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

Science

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

Centrelink

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

Government

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

Digital

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

TelcoLand

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

TelcoLand

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

Space

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

Senate report

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

NSW Budget

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

Gaming

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

NSW budget

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

Robotics

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

Millennials

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

Govt digital delivery

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

Driverless cars

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

Government

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

Biometrics

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

CSIRO

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

Gig economy

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

Space

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

Space

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

China influence

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

Space

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

TelcoLand

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

Biometrics

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

Quantum

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

QLD

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

NBN

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

Science

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

CyberSecurity

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

Growth centres

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

Digital rights

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

R&D

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

Fintech

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

NBN

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

The Establishment

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

CyberSecurity

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

China influence

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

Policy

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

Tax policy

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

Science

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

Space

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

Policy

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

Human rights

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

Space

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

Policy

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

Defence

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

RoboDebt

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

StartupLand

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

Digital

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

Digital

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

Privacy

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

Cloud Security

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

Privacy

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

Awards

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

Capital

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

eHealth

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

Space

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

R&D

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

Ethics

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

Privacy

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

Gig Economy

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

Blockchain

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

Digital

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Trade

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

Black Economy

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

TelcoLand

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

The Establishment

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

Software

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

Budget 2018

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

CyberSecurity

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

Research

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

StartupLand

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

Education

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

Policy

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

Digital

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

Budget 2018

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

Space

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

Research

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

Policy

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

Renewables

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

Budget 2018

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

Privacy

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

Budget 2018

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

Budget 2018

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

Broadband

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

CyberSecurity

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

Budget 2018

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

Budget 2018

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

Budget 2018

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

Budget 2018

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

Budget 2018

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

Budget 2018

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

Budget 2018

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

Budget 2018

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

Budget 2018

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

Digital

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

Budget 2018

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

Budget 2018

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

Budget 2018

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

CyberSecurity

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

Budget 2018

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

Budget 2018

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

StartupLand

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

Budget 2018

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

Policy

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

Budget 2018

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

StartupLand

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

Identity

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

Cloud

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

Education

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

Cyber

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

Capital

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

The Establishment

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

STEM

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

Budget Insider

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

Security

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

Identity

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

Policy

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

EnergyTech

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

StartupLand

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

Interview

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

Policy

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

R&D

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

Identity

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

Security

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

R&D

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

Security

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

Skills

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

Manufacturing

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

TelcoLand

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

StartupLand

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

TelcoLand

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

Broadband

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

The Establishment

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

Identity

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

Trade

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

Identity

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

Cyber

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

Innovation

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

Cyber

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

Software

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

StartupLand

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

Security

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

Cyber

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Cyber

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

StartupLand

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

Commercialisation

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

Policy

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

Soiree

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

Policy

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

Space

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

Broadband

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

Policy

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

Security

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

Security

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

VC

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

Policy

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

Infrastructrure

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

The Establishment

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Digital

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

Policy

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

Trade

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

Security

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

Security

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

Data

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

Automation

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

Policy

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

AgriTech

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

Digital

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

Jobs

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

StartupLand

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

StartupLand

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

Adelaide

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

OpEd

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

Security

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

Regions

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

Skills

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

ASEAN

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

SA Election

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

SA Election

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

ASEAN

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

ASEAN

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

Space

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

ASEAN

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

Fibre

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

ASEAN

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

ASEAN

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

Editorial

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

TelcoLand

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

Cyber

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

Policy

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

Trade

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

Gender

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

Policy

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

Skills

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

Digital

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

Policy

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

Trade

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

Privacy

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

The Establishment

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

Security

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

Policy

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

Gender

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

Policy

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

StartupLand

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

Policy

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

Skills

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

FinTel

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

Banking

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

Smart Cities

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

StartupLand

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

Security

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

NISA

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

Women in VC

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

Policy

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

Regions

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

Space

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

Security

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

Capital

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

Digital

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

TelcoLand

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

Policy

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

Trade

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Management

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

The Establishment

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

Data policy

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

StartupLand

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

Software

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

Digital

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Data Breach

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

Data Breach

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

StartupLand

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

Policy

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

StartupLand

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

Venture Capital

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

Space

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

The Establishment

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

Women in VC

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

StartupLand

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

IoT

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

Trade

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

Apple Store

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

Policy

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

StartupLand

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

Policy

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

NBN

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

StartupLand

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

Banking

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

Visas

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

Policy

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

The Establishment

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

Data

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

Interview

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

Interview

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

Policy

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

Software

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

Apple Store

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

Smart Meters

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

2030 Strategy

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

Policy

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

First Interview

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

The Establishment

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

Interview

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

Training

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

Policy

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

Regions

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

StartupLand

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

2030 Strategy

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

2030 Strategy

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

Trade

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

2030 Strategy

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

2030 Strategy

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

2030 Strategy

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

2030 Strategy

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

2030 Strategy

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

2030 Strategy

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

2030 Strategy

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

2030 Strategy

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

Policy

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

Trade

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

Trade

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

Space

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

Research

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

Victoria

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

Skills

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

StartupLand

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

Incubators

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

Technology

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

Manufacturing

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

Tax

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

Cyber

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

Report

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

Funding

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

Research

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

Security

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

Retail

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

StartupLand

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

Policy

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

Opinion

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

Policy

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

FinTech

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

Open Data

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

Senate Inquiry

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

Holidays

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

StartupLand

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

Security

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

Processes

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

StartupLand

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

Trade

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

Cabinet

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

Reshuffle

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

Budget

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

Security

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

Broadband

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

Research

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

Venture Capital

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

Podcast

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

Crypto

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

Interview

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

StartupLand

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

Games Sector

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

End of Year

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

FinTech

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

Broadband

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

Digital

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

StartupLand

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

Election

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

Policy

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

Policy

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

OpenOpp

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

Policy

Denham Sadler
December 7, 2017
Startups and tech companies have been ditched from the government’s reforms to the copyright safe harbour scheme, in a move that advocacy group StartupAu...

OpenOpp

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 7, 2017
As government departments undergo their own digital transformation and focus on delivering improved citizen services, Macquarie Government managing director Ai...

OpenOpp

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 7, 2017
Digital Transformation Agency chief digital officer Peter Alexander concedes that robust criticism by SMEs of the Digital Marketplace is not unreasonable. M...

Games Sector

Denham Sadler
December 7, 2017
The federal government will finally deliver its response to the “zombie” report on the Australian games development industry by the end of the year...

Capital

Denham Sadler
December 7, 2017
The federal government has released the first statistics on the effectiveness of its $100 million angel investor tax incentives scheme introduced nearly 18 mon...

Cyber Leaders

Andrew Ryan
December 6, 2017
Australia’s cyber security skills crisis won’t be solved by thinking conventionally and relying on traditional training methods or talent pools, sa...

Policy

James Riley
December 6, 2017
Every year the Australian Financial Review publishes the Fast 100, a list of the fastest growing companies in Australia over the preceding three years. Top ...

Hardware

Stuart Kennedy
December 6, 2017
Australia needs to get its act together fast with its incubator and accelerator programs, produce and or import more electronic engineering geeks quickly, and ...

Cybersecurity

Denham Sadler
December 6, 2017
Educational organisations around the country have signed up to new national standards for cyber security training in an effort to address Australia’s &ld...

DefenceTech

Michael Sainsbury
December 6, 2017
Hot on the heels of Australia’s landmark $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan, a debate has been raging about a new technology that will first supplement ...

Innovation

Andrew Ryan
December 6, 2017
At first glance, Christmas trees aren’t particularly innovative. They’ve been around for centuries, and their lighting has transitioned from candle...

FinTech

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 6, 2017
While Australian regulators grapple with how to best manage the legalities surrounding blockchain tech, financial services giant Commonwealth Bank of Australia...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
December 4, 2017
David Thodey uses the word ‘wonderful’ often – to describe Australia’s research, opportunities, education, skills and assets. The fact ...

Social

Stuart Kennedy
December 4, 2017
The political power building inside the big social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook is probably already too difficult to constrain says the man who le...

StartupLand

James Riley
December 4, 2017
The federal government is weirdly reluctant to embrace its own success in relation to the rude health of the Australian startup sector. The collective momen...

Funding

Denham Sadler
December 4, 2017
A large tech conference due to take place in Melbourne this year has been postponed, despite the Victorian government paying for the rights to hold it exclusiv...

Research

Aimee Chanthadavong
December 4, 2017
Total Australian government support for research and development increased by 9 per cent during 2008-2016, according to the latest OECD Science, Technology and...

R&D

Andrew Ryan
December 4, 2017
Simply spending corporate funds on traditional research and development programs is not the best path towards business innovation, said PwC Partner Aaron LePoi...

Policy

Denham Sadler
December 4, 2017
Australia’s competition watchdog has launched an inquiry into the impact digital platforms like Facebook and Google are having on media and advertising d...

Policy

Denham Sadler
December 4, 2017
The South Australia government has retreated from its attempt to pass legislation that would have allowed startups and tech companies to bypass state laws in t...

StartupLand

Beverley Head
December 1, 2017
It took Guy Kawasaki 30 years to find another company as interesting as Apple and when he did it was based in Australia. Mr Kawasaki was Apple’s chief...

StartupAus

Denham Sadler
November 29, 2017
The government must step up and implement policies that focus on innovation and startups for the benefit of the country even if the general public isn’t ...

Podcast

James Riley
November 29, 2017
Silicon Valley acceleration heavyweight Marcus Segal is in Sydney this week talking to entrepreneurs and scouting possible startups to invest in. He is here...

StartupAus

Denham Sadler
November 29, 2017
The Australian startup ecosystem has enjoyed rapid growth and development in the last year, but is still “young and relatively immature” on the wor...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
November 29, 2017
The board member who served as acting chair of LaunchVic for most of this year has quietly resigned from the $60 million government body, the ninth director to...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 29, 2017
UNSW Canberra has successfully launched its first miniature satellite into orbit and unveiled a new facility to develop space missions locally. The launch i...

Cyber Leaders

James Riley
November 29, 2017
Australia is in the midst of a cyber skills shortage, with available positions far outstripping the numbers of people who can fill them. The continuing debate ...

Policy

Beverley Head
November 29, 2017
Australia Post will start offering a biometric, face-recognition component to its Digital iD service in the next couple of weeks, before ramping up marketing o...

Policy

James Riley
November 28, 2017
If the federal government’s Digital Marketplace was supposed to provide windfall gains to smaller local businesses by making it easier to win Commonwealt...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
November 27, 2017
Legislation addressing the deployment of emerging technologies in Australia is “so far behind we don't even know how far behind we are” according t...

Election

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 27, 2017
While official numbers are still being tallied following the Queensland state election over the weekend, it’s confirmed that Minister for Innovation Leea...

Research

Andrew Ryan
November 27, 2017
Brisbane is winning a reputation as one of the world’s premier hubs for biomedical research, with scientists at QUT, QIMR Berghofer and Griffith Universi...

Procurement

Andrew Ryan
November 27, 2017
Although government has begun to embrace digital transformation, there’s still some way to go. Eventually, disruption will transform not only the way gov...

Podcast

James Riley
November 27, 2017
He won’t thank me for saying so, but Freelancer.com chief executive Matt Barrie seems remarkably chill. He has a view of the mainstream Australian econom...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 27, 2017
The government will next year force banking, energy and telco companies to provide digital data to consumers in a scheme that will later include government-fun...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 24, 2017
South Australia is to get a new game developers co-working space in Adelaide courtesy of a $2 million state government grant to Canberra-based gaming sector incu...

Automation

Stuart Kennedy
November 24, 2017
Nuclear facility inspectors wary of getting a bit of glow on after dark have help on the way as researchers delve into using AI-assisted robots to do the radia...

Gender

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 24, 2017
The Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) may have good intentions in trying to promote and facilitate the need to build smart cities infrastructure,...

StartupLand

James Riley
November 23, 2017
There is one week to go before the curtain goes up on StartCon, Australia’s largest and most important conference and expo aimed at the ecosystem of entr...

Cybersecurity

Andrew Ryan
November 23, 2017
The rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and bring-your-own-app (BYOA) is causing a fundamental shift in the way we think about corporate security, said Gil Ki...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 23, 2017
Fifty-two city councils across the country have been handed a cut of $28.5 million for new projects under round one of the federal government’s $50 milli...

Cyber Leaders

Andrew Ryan
November 22, 2017
There’s no argument that the world is in the middle of a major inflection point, as digital disruption changes industries, government and the way people ...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 22, 2017
Celebrity businessman Mark Bouris has been tapped by the Feds to chair a new Small Business Digital Taskforce, joining a star-studded corporate line-up of advi...

StartupLand

James Riley
November 21, 2017
The development of a tech and innovation strategy for a city cannot be taken in isolation, according to Clover Moore, Sydney’s longest-serving Lord Mayor...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
November 20, 2017
After 26 years of uninterrupted economic growth, Australian business is asleep at the wheel warns Jennifer Westacott, chief executive of the Business Council o...

Education

Michael Sainsbury
November 20, 2017
The independence of Australian and other western universities with fully-fledged sister universities, joint ventures, campuses and research institutes in China...

Robots

Stuart Kennedy
November 20, 2017
Artificial intelligence turbocharged by machine learning techniques gets smarter every second of the day and the Australian government is being prodded to stir...

Survey

James Riley
November 20, 2017
Is your company a supplier of products or services to the Australian government, and is it listed on the DTA’s Digital Marketplace? We want to hear from ...

Analytics

Denham Sadler
November 20, 2017
The ACCC has established a new data analytics unit to help crack down on the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence in price-fixing. In a speec...

Brisbane

Andrew Ryan
November 20, 2017
There’s a long-standing narrative in this country that local manufacturing is dying. The demise of Ford, Toyota and most recently, Holden would seem to b...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
November 20, 2017
An expansion to the regulatory sandbox scheme and tax incentives for big businesses to back startups should be on the cards to help build a bridge between corp...

Procurement

Denham Sadler
November 20, 2017
The consumption-based IT procurement model adopted recently in Western Australia could be the way of the future as governments look to reduce tech spending, NE...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 20, 2017
Australians are among the most cyber-aware users in the world, but that doesn’t mean the nation couldn’t benefit from a radical rethink of the way ...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 20, 2017
Over the next three months, residents of Dubbo, New South Wales, will be the first motorists to trial the state’s digital driver licence. The trial, w...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 16, 2017
The federal government will spend $1.4 million on a platform to push just 80 unemployed young Australians into gig economy work with the likes Uber and Airtask...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 16, 2017
As Queenslanders prepare to head to the polls next Sunday for the state election, startups and entrepreneurs are hoping for an outcome that would see the next ...

Policy

Andrew Ryan
November 16, 2017
Cloud has moved beyond proof of concept implementations in Australia to wide-ranging roll-outs across most departments and ministries. Current government polic...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 16, 2017
Australian consumer groups are “extremely concerned” with proposed changes to the regulatory sandbox, while the country’s leading FinTech bod...

TelcoLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 14, 2017
Dampened by the federal government’s lacklustre efforts so far to roll out the National Broadband Network to regional parts of the state, the Queensland ...

Security

Denham Sadler
November 14, 2017
The federal government’s recent focus on Australia’s cyber military capabilities is two decades too late and the country remains vulnerable to a ra...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 14, 2017
The government will look to regulate the use of individuals’ data by tech giants like Google and Apple if the private sector can’t enforce its own ...

Policy

James Riley
November 14, 2017
Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan will release an updated state innovation policy by the end of the year, but has cautioned against any expectations of la...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
November 13, 2017
Increasing levels of automation and woeful NBN performance are driving a deep digital divide across Australia, according to Unions NSW secretary Mark Morey. ...

Policy

Andrew Ryan
November 13, 2017
The traditional model for a startup has been to find funding, find people, and then find an office space to work in. The rise of co-working spaces has turned p...

Capability

Michael Sainsbury
November 13, 2017
It’s a sign of the times that the two most expensive government projects in Australian history are squarely in the technology sector. Hot on the heels...

Transformation

Stuart Kennedy
November 13, 2017
Local Microsoft boss Steven Worrall kicked of his company’s big Summit event this week by talking up the need for digital transformation to be herded alo...

TelcoLand

Stuart Kennedy
November 13, 2017
A Nokia-sponsored report from Ovum released this week sets the scene for the post-rollout NBN, where network infrastructure suppliers stand to make serious mon...

Trade

James Riley
November 12, 2017
Mid-way through the world’s biggest shopping festival seems a weird time to declare that Alibaba is no longer an eCommerce company, but that’s the ...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 11, 2017
The NSW government has overhauled its open data infrastructure with the imminent launch of a new data marketplace to be developed and managed on Data Republic&...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 11, 2017
As an entrepreneur, an offer of up to $100,000 in equity grant, access to free co-working space for six months, and a ready-made network of mentors and busines...

Trade

James Riley
November 11, 2017
On the eve of the Alibaba Group’s famous 11.11 global shopping festival, the world is battening down the hatches in preparation for a deluge of gigantic ...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 10, 2017
Financial services industry regulators in Australia and China have signed an information sharing agreement that aims to “promote innovation in financial ...

Cyber Leaders

James Riley
November 9, 2017
Far from being the harbingers of doom for professional services, the pending arrival of machine learning and artificial intelligence-based automation tools wil...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
November 8, 2017
In October, Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO topped Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index; Bezos’ ascendancy and the retail juggernaut’s imminent ...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
November 8, 2017
Ask anyone to list the startup hubs based in Sydney’s CBD and at least half a dozen names will be quickly rattled off: Fishburners, Stone & Chalk, Bl...

Science

Stuart Kennedy
November 8, 2017
CSIRO boss and former Silicon Valley denizen Larry Marshall used all his pitching powers to try and wow the troops at the National Press Club this week, reveal...

Cyber Leaders

Denham Sadler
November 8, 2017
More than a year and a half since the government launched its landmark cyber security strategy the national conversation has shifted and new challenges and opp...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 8, 2017
Improvements to the R&D initiative and government-mandated open data controls are top of the Australian FinTech industry’s wish-list, while gender di...
Aimee Chanthadavong
November 8, 2017
Many Sydneysiders joke that going over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the north shore requires a passport, even though to travel by car from one side of the brid...

Science

James Riley
November 3, 2017
The CSIRO marked a huge milestone this week with the formal launch of its Main Sequence Ventures and the unveiling of four investments it has made into Austral...

StartupLand

Stuart Kennedy
November 2, 2017
StartupAUS has rejigged its board and raised the number of women on the startup advocacy outfit’s 10 member board from two to four as chair Topaz Conway ...

Trade

Denham Sadler
November 2, 2017
The government has moved to build a “FinTech bridge” to the UK to better enable cooperation between industry and regulators and assist local compan...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 2, 2017
Australian FinTech startups will be included in the range of angel and venture capital investor incentives and tax breaks on offer under new legislation, but c...

Bitcoin

Denham Sadler
November 2, 2017
The security of cryptocurrencies could be “completely broken” by quantum computers within 10 years, a new Australian report has found. The white...

Policy

James Riley
November 2, 2017
The competition watchdog has set up a public inquiry into the National Broadband Network’s wholesale service standards in the wake of record numbers of c...

Trade

Michael Sainsbury
November 2, 2017
It is already last month’s news that Chinese leader Xi Jinping emerged triumphant from the 19th Communist Party Congress as the effective one-man ruler &...

Policy

Denham Sadler
November 2, 2017
The government will force the big banks to reveal customer credit information from next year in a move that Treasurer Scott Morrison says marks a “major ...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
October 30, 2017
Australia is in danger of falling off the skills cliff according to Australian Industry Group CEO, Innes Willox – severely limiting organisations’ ...

TelcoLand

Stuart Kennedy
October 30, 2017
The competition watchdog’s draft report into the country’s communications sector has lobbed into the middle of an NBN battlefield as the network en...

Cyber Leaders

Denham Sadler
October 30, 2017
Australian boards of directors must include more young people and focus on driving innovation change to avoid being “smashed” by the upcoming digit...

Cyber Leaders

Denham Sadler
October 30, 2017
AustCyber is readying a nationwide standards for TAFE institutions in an effort to make Australia the “leading force” in cyber security education. ...

FinTech

Denham Sadler
October 30, 2017
The Reserve Bank of Australia is keenly observing the development of digital currencies and has acknowledged the vast opportunities that the blockchain offers ...

Security

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 30, 2017
Despite having three years to comply with the federal government’s top four mandatory cybersecurity mitigation strategies, the Australian Taxation Office...

StartupLand

Alex Gruszka
October 30, 2017
Five years ago, the global Chief Innovation Officer at a multi-billion dollar construction firm was making the case to move away from printing out paperwork to...

Policy

Stuart Kennedy
October 25, 2017
In the month when the last Holden and the last Toyota rolled off a local assembly line putting an irretrievable dent in Australia’s manufacturing capabil...

FinTech

Denham Sadler
October 25, 2017
A broader range of FinTechs will be able to access license exemptions to test new products for twice the amount of time under new rules aimed at attracting com...

StartupLand

Stuart Kennedy
October 25, 2017
ConstructionTech could be the sleeper in the Australian xTech market as a new report finds close to $100 million has been invested in ConstructionTech startups...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 25, 2017
Legislation outlining a new data-sharing regime within the Victorian government with the aim of improving policy-making has been introduced to Parliament. T...

TelcoLand

James Riley
October 25, 2017
The ACCC will release a draft report on competition issues in the telecommunications sector within days, just as the industry labours under a barrage of bad pu...

TelcoLand

Paul Budde
October 25, 2017
It has taken four years for the government and the NBN Co to finally admit what many people have been predicting since the very beginning of the change in NBN ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 24, 2017
The controversial group tasked with managing the .au internet domain is under scrutiny as part of an upcoming Federal review of governance arrangements. Com...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
October 24, 2017
The window to reform Australia’s economy will close quickly unless enterprise and Government now firmly grasp the innovation nettle and grow their appeti...

Cyber Leaders

Andrew Ryan
October 24, 2017
The recent disclosure by the Australian Signals Directorate that a defence contractor had lost 30 gigabytes of sensitive, but not classified, data to hacking c...

Cyber Leaders

Andrew Ryan
October 23, 2017
Ted Pretty has had a long and celebrated career in the Australian tech sector. The current CEO of data-centric security firm Covata has also held senior positi...

Cyber

DENHAM SADLER
October 23, 2017
The federal government has asked industry leaders to develop a mandatory cyber security rating system for Internet of Things devices, but experts say such a sc...

Research

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
October 23, 2017
La Trobe University’s Professor Jenny Graves has become the first woman to be awarded the nation’s most prestigious science award, having scooped t...

Currency

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
October 23, 2017
The RMIT’s newly-minted Blockchain Innovation Hub is just a month old, but is already pressing for fresh thinking on by blockchain technology, including ...

Digital

James Riley
October 19, 2017
There is a school of thought that says – in relation to cyber security – that identity is the new perimeter. And certainly identity has become a ce...

Policy

James Riley
October 19, 2017
New South Wales Finance Minister Victor Dominello has thrown his weight behind the Federal government’s looming digital identity plans, including the use...

Grants

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
October 18, 2017
Blue Chilli, Flinders University, Collective Campus and FD Global Connections may be the latest recipients of grants under the federal government’s $23 m...

Cyber Leaders

Josh Gliddon
October 18, 2017
The launch of the National Cyber Security Strategy in 2016 was a positive step toward securing Australia, but there is still more do be done, according to Jere...

Cryptocurrency

DENHAM SADLER
October 18, 2017
A number of local FinTech startups have lobbied the Reserve Bank of Australia to create a cryptocurrency version of the Australian dollar. Three use cases f...

Space

DENHAM SADLER
October 18, 2017
The federal government has reaffirmed a bilateral space agreement with NASA just weeks after it announced it would be creating a national space agency. The ...

Venture Capital

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
October 18, 2017
The NSW Government is getting into the venture capital business, announcing it is setting up a $150 million equity fund in partnership with First State Super a...

Policy

DENHAM SADLER
October 18, 2017
Complaints about internet services skyrocketed in the past year, with anger at the National Broadband Network climbing by more than 150 per cent, a Telecommuni...

The Establishment

Beverley Head
October 17, 2017
Cyber security will likely trigger corporate Australia’s next big black swan event according to outgoing ASIC chairman, Greg Medcraft. It’s a ke...

Trade

Michael Sainsbury
October 17, 2017
The quinquennial Chinese Communist Party Congress, its 19th since winning the country’s civil war in 1949 begins this Wednesday. It will be the coronatio...

Innovation

James Riley
October 17, 2017
When we think about innovation there is a temptation to focus on the bright, the shiny, and the new. Startups fascinate us because they go boldly where no-one ...

Policy

James Riley
October 16, 2017
When the ASX-listed accounting giant MYOB set out its formal business plan for 2017, chief executive Tim Reed says the company identified access to skills as t...

Policy

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
October 16, 2017
The Business Council of Australia (BCA) has wasted no time putting corporate tax cuts back on the minds of politicians as they return to parliament this week, ...

Policy

DENHAM SADLER
October 16, 2017
Labor will create a $1 billion fund to help innovative manufacturing firms transition into high value production and “build for the future” if it w...

Cybersecurity

AIMEE CHANTHADAVONG
October 13, 2017
When Michael Daniel entered the White House during Obama’s presidency as cybersecurity coordinator, he never thought he’d have to brief the Preside...

Cybersecurity

James Riley
October 13, 2017
The Australian Signals Directorate should be applauded for sharing publicly the details of a serious data breach at an Australian defence contractor at a confe...

Podcast

James Riley
October 12, 2017
Of all the things that are happening in the energy sector in Australia right now, the least talked about but most interesting relates to entrepreneurial innova...

Education

STUART KENNEDY
October 11, 2017
The Business Council of Australia wants the local workforce to be skilled up and kept that way through more vocational education and an ambitious lifelong trai...
MARK GREGORY
October 11, 2017
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has found serious flaws with the Department of Communications’ contract management of selected telephone univ...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 11, 2017
The Queensland government believes it’s on the right the track to helping reduce the disadvantage gap among Indigenous Australians. But Kamilaroi man ...

Cyber

Denham Sadler
October 11, 2017
Australia’s cyber spooks say they responded to more than 600 “serious incidents” in the last year, and yet no charges and no prosecutions hav...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 10, 2017
It started with the telecommunications sector, now the Australian government is looking to better ‘safeguard’ other parts of Australia’s crit...

Policy

James Riley
October 10, 2017
Innovation and Science Australia chairman Bill Ferris’ aim to hand his 2030 Strategic Plan for the nation’s industry development policies to govern...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 9, 2017
The Victorian government is still yet to decide who will run its FinTech hub in Docklands, which is now running more than a month behind schedule. The Victo...

Cyber

Denham Sadler
October 9, 2017
A former ANZ Bank senior executive has been appointed as Victoria’s first ever chief information security officer to oversee the implementation of the st...

Security

Denham Sadler
October 9, 2017
The federal government’s new facial recognition capabilities are set to be made available to the private sector in what digital rights group have branded...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 9, 2017
New technology alone is not enough to deliver on the promise of digital transformation in government, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) sa...

Trade

James Riley
October 5, 2017
Former Victorian Premier and current Australian China Business Council (ACBC) national president John Brumby has backed Labor calls for a new plan for economic...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 5, 2017
As he heads into retirement , Queensland’s inaugural chief entrepreneur Mark Sowerby used his outgoing speech on Wednesday blow the horn of the Buy Queens...

Security

STUART KENNEDY
October 5, 2017
The Turnbull government has edged closer to its desire for a national opt-in digital identity regime as it closes off the discussion period for its trusted fra...

Security

Denham Sadler
October 4, 2017
The federal government has launched Australia’s first international cyber strategy, with a focus on growing digital trade, improving cyber security in th...

Security

Denham Sadler
October 4, 2017
Commonwealth plans to incorporate state government drivers’ licence photos in its facial recognition systems used by law enforcement is a “massive ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
October 4, 2017
Government must get on the front foot in embracing and regulating new technologies to ensure Australia can be a “test bed” for the world’s gr...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 4, 2017
The Australian Government is under pressure to extend existing tax cuts to include all businesses after Donald Trump announced sweeping changes to the US tax s...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
October 3, 2017
Melbourne-based businesswoman and serial board member Laura Anderson has been appointed as the new chair of the troubled LaunchVic, filling a seat that had bee...

Policy

James Riley
October 3, 2017
The Auditor-General’s recent review of the design and monitoring of the National Innovation and Science Agenda risks throwing out the outcome baby with t...

Broadband

Denham Sadler
October 2, 2017
A Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee report calling for a comprehensive overhaul of the NBN rollout and slamming current processes was quietly released to ...

Asia

Michael Sainsbury
October 2, 2017
It has been an awfully long time since any political party in Australia gave any serious thought to what US President George H. W. Bush (41) once referred to a...

Blockchain

Denham Sadler
October 2, 2017
The corporate regulator has released its first set of guidelines for ICOs – or Initial Coin Offerings – detailing how the 'Wild West' of startup ca...

Partner

Aimee Chanthadavong
October 2, 2017
It’s amazing how fast technology can change in five years. Back in 2012 when Brisbane Council released its first Digital Brisbane strategy, it was before...

Open data

James Riley
September 29, 2017
The Federal Government  has outlined a new ‘universal data rights’ regime that gives consumers ownership of the transactional data they generat...

Cyber Leaders

DAVID McCLURE
September 29, 2017
The fusion of legal services and digital technology is rapidly changing commercial law and the pace of change is set to explode as technologies like blockchain...

Ideas Boom

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 28, 2017
Treasurer Scott Morrison has rejected a damning Australian National Audit Office’s (ANAO) evaluation of the Turnbull Government’s signature Nationa...

Tech Superstars

STUART KENNEDY
September 28, 2017
Australia has a long history of ignoring its own deep tech advances – think of the CSIRAC digital computer in the early fifties and solar energy tech in ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 27, 2017
Acting Industry Minister Michaelia Cash says the creation of a spanking new National Space Agency marks the start of a “new era” of space science a...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 26, 2017
Most entrepreneurs learn the ins and outs of running a business by trial and error. But Colin Kinner is hoping to change that, recently launching Brisbane-base...

Space

Denham Sadler
September 26, 2017
CSIRO has signed on to a world-class satellite research program that will deliver new data to local companies and governments and put the agency at the “...

Event

James Riley
September 26, 2017
ANZ Banking Group chief information security officer Lynwen Connick will headline InnovationAus.com’s Cyber Security: The Leadership Imperative in Me...

Policy

STUART KENNEDY
September 25, 2017
The cyber insurance market in Australia is still in its infancy with buyers confused by what is on offer and their own accountability levels, but coming mandat...
Denham Sadler
September 25, 2017
Australian space industry leaders have hailed the Commonwealth’s “historic” creation of a national space agency, saying it will lead to thous...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 25, 2017
For the last month, the Federal government’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has been seeking comment from individuals and organisations to have t...

Space

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 25, 2017
Geographically they may live worlds apart – one resides on the Gold Coast and the other in Singapore. But it doesn’t bother the brothers James and ...

Space

Denham Sadler
September 25, 2017
Australia will finally get a national space agency to coordinate local efforts in the sector and gain a chunk of the $400 billion global industry, the federal ...

Policy

STUART KENNEDY
September 22, 2017
The Turnbull government’s overhaul of the 457 visa system needs some serious tweaks if Australia is going to attract the best and brightest to these shor...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 22, 2017
Australians cannot just rely on government to set policies and frameworks if the country wants to be prepared for the impact of technologies like artificial in...

Policy

STUART KENNEDY
September 22, 2017
ASIC Commissioner John Price has read the riot act, albeit civilly, to both companies and insurers over the need for boards of the former to get their cyber re...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 21, 2017
The corporate regulator has released the set of guidelines outlining how the first iteration of Australia’s equity crowdfunding regime will work. Crow...

Podcast

James Riley
September 21, 2017
Labor’s spokesman on the digital economy Ed Husic has become a fixture in the innovation and startup sector in the past couple of years. He is a pragmati...

Industry

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 21, 2017
Travelling in air-tight pods at 1,000 kilometres per hour is something most would imagine happening only in sci-fi films. But with Hyperloop – an Elon...

Innovation

Denham Sadler
September 21, 2017
Reports of Australia falling behind in the global innovation race have been greatly exaggerated, according to chief scientist Alan Finkel. Speaking at the ...

Innovation

Denham
September 20, 2017
The innovation debate in Australia is too focused on startups and tech companies, and needs to be more inclusive of the broader SME sector, according to CSIRO ...

Policy

James Riley
September 20, 2017
Just hours after unveiling a strategic review of the Australian Government’s digital economy policies, Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos has announced h...

Innovation

Denham Sadler
September 19, 2017
Australia will “miss the innovation opportunity” if it doesn’t address a number of key imperatives in the space, Innovation and Science Austr...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 19, 2017
Despite its superpower status as a producer and exporter of agricultural goods and services, up until now Australia has had only one accelerator program &ndash...

FinTechs

Denham Sadler
September 19, 2017
Macquarie has launched an  'Australian-first' open banking platform, letting its customers to share their own data with local FinTech startups. The API-...

Twitter

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 19, 2017
He may be the shadow minister for the digital economy, but Labor MP Ed Husic has pulled the plug on using Twitter. Mr Husic has been one of the most prolifi...

Gender

Denham Sadler
September 19, 2017
The government is still looking for members to fill Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos’ women’s advisory roundtable more than six months after it was...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 18, 2017
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) wants to establish a new RegTech advisory group before the end of the year to help advocate for sup...

StartupLand

James Riley
September 14, 2017
Treasurer Scott Morrison will today unveil a new legislative package that will extend crowdsourced equity funding to private companies, effectively removing wh...

Event

James Riley
September 13, 2017
The data breach at the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax a week ago was shocking not just for its scale – 143 million personal records were snatch...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 13, 2017
The Australian government needs to be leading the national drive to close the “critical” cyber security talent gap, partnering with industry and fu...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 13, 2017
Competition between states to host the proposed Australian space agency is heating up, with a number of governments already putting their cases forward to the ...

Funding

Denham Sadler
September 13, 2017
Australia’s planned equity crowdfunding regime is over-regulated and runs the risk of no company taking part, the founder of a New Zealand-based equity c...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 13, 2017
The federal government along with a number of state governments already have an open data policy in place. Now, it’s Queensland’s turn. The Quee...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 12, 2017
The Commonwealth should fund more trials of autonomous vehicles in Australia to address security and privacy concerns in order to hasten public acceptance of t...

Policy

STUART KENNEDY
September 12, 2017
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has spruiked a revival in Australia’s defence industry participation while aiming to squeeze more local involv...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 11, 2017
Businesses and government must be held accountable for their use of computer algorithms and big data and transparency should be the first priority, ASIC chairm...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 11, 2017
The Queensland government calculates it could save about $400 million per year just by replacing paper-based transactions with over 400 new online services und...

Podcast

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 11, 2017
Germany has a well-earned reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse. Even during times when the global economy is struggling, the country has managed to progres...

Regulation

Denham Sadler
September 8, 2017
Australian regulators are grappling to control the “Wild West” world of ICOs, a new blockchain-based funding method that is changing the way new te...

Comment

Michelle Rowland
September 8, 2017
A decade ago when John Howard was swept from office, he left Australia a broadband backwater. A broken regulatory structure and clear market failure demanded g...

Podcast

James Riley
September 7, 2017
It is nearly ten years since the Taiwan-born, Brooklyn-raised Tien Tzuo founded the ‘subscription economy’ startup Zuora. It has been a wild ride, ...

Comment

James Riley
September 7, 2017
The transparency and process problems that have dogged Victorian innovation minister Philip Dalidakis and the grants body LaunchVic have put future support for...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
September 7, 2017
LaunchVic has confirmed a series of minor changes following the recent 500 Startups debacle, but the same assessment process that saw the controversy-plagued U...

Security

DAVID McClure
September 7, 2017
Mandatory data breach legislation comes into effect February and has already put a rocket under the local market in cyber security insurance as well as support...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
September 4, 2017
An inability to access large data sets is holding back the next generation of potentially huge Australian tech companies, former Fishburners CEO Murray Hurps s...

Policy

Denham Sadler
September 4, 2017
A new incubation program and co-working space for Australian startups looking to expand into Asia has launched in Melbourne with a possible $80 million in fund...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
September 4, 2017
The Queensland government is inviting industry, researchers and communities to make submissions about how the state can grow its local drone industry through t...

Copyright

Denham Sadler
September 4, 2017
The government has deferred deciding on the more controversial elements of copyright reform in favour of more consultation as the tech and startup sectors dema...

Innovation

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 31, 2017
Another year and another group of Australia’s most innovative companies have been recognised for their excellent work at this year’s Australian Inf...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 31, 2017
AustCyber has launched a big push to bring more people into the Australian cyber security industry to combat the sector’s dire talent shortage and take a...

ICT Spending

Denham Sadler
August 31, 2017
More than 50 tech subcontractors to the Department of Human Services are being investigated for fraud, with the Opposition saying this justifies the upcoming S...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 31, 2017
The Australian Government is increasingly turning to computer algorithms to make important decisions in a move that experts say comes with a number of ethical ...

Policy

STUART KENNEDY
August 31, 2017
The federal government hopes a new biomedical research centre will help overcome Australia’s less than stellar record at making something real from its b...

Podcast

James Riley
August 31, 2017
There is a war for talent in the online security sector right now, PwC’s Asia Pacific Cyber Lead Steve Ingram says. Good people in cyber are both hard to...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 30, 2017
To a large majority of Australians , Steve Baxter is the guy on Network Ten’s Shark Tank . Beyond the TV spotlight, however, Mr Baxter has been a driving...

Security

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 30, 2017
The growing threat that has government and industry driving productive collaboration is in the common efforts to build defences against cyber attack. Former...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
August 29, 2017
LaunchVic has announced a new funding round aimed at replacing global startup expertise that was lost when the organisation terminated its contract with troubl...

Policy

STUART KENNEDY
August 29, 2017
The Turnbull government quietly slipped out its response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into intellectual property arrangements last Friday aft...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 29, 2017
On one hand, there’s government trying to keep up with the changing pace of technology, while dealing with decades of bureaucracy and legacy infrastructu...

Security

Denham Sadler
August 29, 2017
Victorian has unveiled its long-awaited cyber security strategy – the first Australian state to do so – with an emphasis on a whole-of-government a...

Machines

Denham Sadler
August 25, 2017
Artificial intelligence has the potential to greatly benefit humanity, but governments and experts need to act now to ensure its associated risks are mitigated...

FinTech

Denham Sadler
August 25, 2017
Australia has taken a “big step forward” in recognising digital currencies as legitimate and trusted with the government moving to regulate the lik...

Sensors

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 25, 2017
Internet-of-things firm Thinxtra has been handed $10 million by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to complete the roll out of its Sigfox low powered ...

Policy

James Riley
August 25, 2017
While Australian voters are unlikely to build statues to honour the architects of Commonwealth ICT procurement reform, it is incredibly important nonetheless. ...

Interview

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 25, 2017
Since being appointed as the Innovation Minister in 2015 in the Palaszczuk Government, Leeanne Enoch has been full steam ahead in driving the Advance Queenslan...

Trade

STUART KENNEDY
August 25, 2017
New Chinese restrictions on overseas investment could be a boon for our film, agriculture and tech industries, even as the new rules take some wind out of the ...

Procurement

James Riley
August 22, 2017
The Australian Government will today unveil a raft of technology procurement reforms that aim to drive an additional $650 million in Commonwealth spe...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 22, 2017
The CSIRO has confirmed that its data branch Data61 is no longer working on the government’s controversial welfare drug testing scheme, as the first loca...

Digital

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 22, 2017
Paul Shetler is putting the band back together. Or more precisely, he is bringing together a crew of former Digital Transformation Agency ninjas to build a new...

Podcast

James Riley
August 22, 2017
Ted Pretty has just completed his first acquisition since becoming chief executive officer at ASX-listed secure collaboration specialist Covata. The company an...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
August 22, 2017
A new program has launched in Melbourne aiming to equip female entrepreneurs with the skills and mentorship needed to build successful businesses. SBE Austr...

Policy

MARK GREGORY
August 22, 2017
The Telecommunications Sector Security Reforms (TSSR) have now passed the Senate after a bipartisan show of support for the legislation that formalises the tel...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 21, 2017
LaunchVic has dished out $1.4 million to five programs focusing on supporting first generation migrants and refugees as part of its third round of grants. T...

Skills

Denham Sadler
August 18, 2017
Australia may not be a computer science superpower right now, but its future looks bright. An Aussie kids coding organisation successfully broke a world r...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 18, 2017
Australia is actively positioning itself to lead the world in driverless car technology and provide testing ground for new innovations. New trials of driver...

Trade

STUART KENNEDY
August 17, 2017
Africa is big, diverse, rapidly digitising and has huge promise as well as many dangers for export oriented Australian tech outfits. So says veteran tech en...

TelcoLand

STUART KENNEDY
August 17, 2017
The Federal Government has got new legislation through the Senate that will compel telcos to notify authorities when they make changes to their networks after ...

Digital

James Riley
August 17, 2017
The Senate on Thursday agreed to hold an inquiry into the government’s digital transformation program, with a focus on increased ICT spending and the emb...

Entrepreneurs

James Riley
August 17, 2017
The newly-hatched Sydney School of Entrepreneurship has thrown open its doors to its first 60 students, the latest big ticket investment by the NSW Government ...

Policy

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 15, 2017
The federal government may still be pondering a formal response to the ‘Three F’ review of the R&D Tax Incentive that concluded nearly 18 month...

Data

Denham Sadler
August 15, 2017
The CSIRO’s data branch Data61 was paid nearly $150,000 for its work on the government’s much-maligned RoboDebt program across three separate contr...

500 Debacle

Denham Sadler
August 15, 2017
The Opposition has sharpened its attacks on the Victorian government over its handling of the recent 500 Startups debacle and raised questions over the indepen...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 15, 2017
The female-founder focused SheStarts program launched in January by Sydney-based accelerator Blue Chilli with the aim of supporting a league of extraordinary w...

StartupLand

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 15, 2017
Freshly-minted seed fund and accelerator Galileo Ventures has plans to raise a $20 million early stage venture capital fund (ESVCLP) targeting student entrepre...

Podcast

James Riley
August 14, 2017
Cloud-based business software maker Zoho Corporation stands apart from its Silicon Valley-based tech industry peers, culturally and geographically. At a tim...

Data

STUART KENNEDY
August 14, 2017
Australia’s banks have yet to open up their APIs to FinTechs, but that could change sooner rather than later when a new financial services sandbox gets u...

Future Work

Beverley Head
August 14, 2017
Australian enterprise is facing a fresh wave of innovation and automation that could replace more than half the current human workforce in some sectors of the ...

LaunchVic

James Riley
August 11, 2017
The decision by Victorian funding agency LaunchVic to sever its ties to the troubled Silicon Valley accelerator 500 Startups is the right one. It brings to a c...

Open data

STUART KENNEDY
August 10, 2017
As the Commonwealth Bank money laundering allegations rage and increase the likelihood of a Royal Commission inquiry into banking, there is perhaps an even mor...

Data

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 10, 2017
The NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC) has been able to identify in just a few weeks the 1000 or so at-risk high-rise buildings from a pool of 150,000 buildi...

Exports

STUART KENNEDY
August 10, 2017
The Australian Sports Technology Network (ASTN) wants to revive a version of a deal struck in the dying days of the second Rudd Labor government that could see...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
August 10, 2017
Victorian innovation minister Philip Dalidakis has described the 500 Startups sexual harassment scandal and the month long funding debacle that followed as &ld...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
August 10, 2017
The Victorian government has sensationally pulled nearly $3 million in funding from global accelerator 500 Startups after more than a month of negotiations tha...

CSIRO

Beverley Head
August 9, 2017
Larry Marshall is having an each way bet on the future – investing in the CSIRO’s pure research initiatives while looking to spend $200 million on ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 9, 2017
The Opposition will vote against the government’s welfare drug testing legislation, leaving the future of the controversial scheme in serious doubt. A...

Security

Aimee Chanthadavong
August 9, 2017
Given two-step authentication is one of the key security layers used by the likes of Google, Apple and some of the world’ major banks, it must work, righ...

Jobs

Denham Sadler
August 8, 2017
Australians must to embrace digital disruption and automation rather than be scared into inaction over potential job losses, Industry minister Arthur Sinodinos...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 8, 2017
Labor and Coalition parliamentarians have banded together to throw support behind a measures aiming to support the burgeoning bitcoin and blockchain sectors in...

Internet

Denham Sadler
August 8, 2017
The South Australian government has flicked the switch on “ultra-fast” internet in Adelaide, making it “one of the most connected cities in t...

Policy

James Riley
August 4, 2017
Digital Transformation Agency chief executive Gavin Slater has delivered his first public speech since taking on the vexed role three months ago, outlining his...

StartupLand

James Riley
August 3, 2017
The credibility of Victoria’s government-owned funding vehicle LaunchVic has taken a huge hit in the wake of the 500 Startups scandal. Its response to...

Policy

STUART KENNEDY
August 3, 2017
The US famously went from nowhere to the moon in ten years, so maybe Australia can get a space agency up and running in three times that time period. We&rsq...

Open data

Beverley Head
August 3, 2017
Lee Hatton arrives with an Amazon Alexa device for one of UBank’s meeting rooms; she wants to know how people use it and whether it could become a new ba...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
August 3, 2017
Pressure is mounting on the Victorian government to pull its funding support for 500 Startups as the global ramifications of a sexual harassment scandal contin...

Real Estate

Denham Sadler
August 2, 2017
Australian startups and other tech companies are returning to the centre of major cities in droves as office trends shift away from Silicon Valley-style campus...

StartupLand

STUART KENNEDY
August 2, 2017
Ecommerce giant Alibaba is on the lookout for Australian and New Zealand startup talent and will host its first pitching competition in Sydney in September to ...

Podcast

James Riley
August 1, 2017
When Michael Pratt puts his feet under his new desk today – his first as Secretary of The Treasury in NSW – he brings to the role not just a full c...

Policy

Denham Sadler
August 1, 2017
The CSIRO’s involvement with the government’s drug testing of welfare recipients is still up in the air as new documents reveal the organisation ha...

Podcast

James Riley
July 31, 2017
Retired US Navy Rear-Admiral Mike Brown has spent a lot of time grappling with Cyber as the fifth domain of warfare, and as a pioneer in developing only operat...

China

Michael Sainsbury
July 31, 2017
China has continued to step up efforts to censor the internet and all things digital with promises to block the virtual private networks that enable users to j...

TelcoLand

MARK GREGORY
July 31, 2017
Malcolm Turnbull’s multi-technology mix National Broadband Network (NBN) was comprehensively undermined last week when BT’s Openreach CEO Clive Sel...

Outages

Denham Sadler
July 28, 2017
Yet another IT failure at the Australian Taxation Office has given the Opposition more ammunition to attack the government's much-maligned history of digital t...

Government

James Riley
July 28, 2017
The Digital Transformation Agency will recruit and place 250 new entry-level digital staff across federal departments and agencies over the next year as part o...

Banking

Denham Sadler
July 26, 2017
An open data regime is “just the beginning” of the wave of disruption set to hit Australian banks and open up opportunities for smaller FinTech pla...

China

James Riley
July 26, 2017
Celebrated Australian entrepreneur Jessica Wilson is spending a large amount of her time in Shanghai these days, and is even considering winding down...

Research

Beverley Head
July 26, 2017
Sydney is ratcheting up its efforts to become a significant player in the nascent quantum economy. The University of Sydney and UNSW both have major quantum...

Startups

STUART KENNEDY
July 24, 2017
Chinese women rock as business managers, even white guys can make money in China and the steepness of the growth ramps there can help cover up a lot of mistake...

FinTech

Denham Sadler
July 24, 2017
Stone & Chalk has finally unveiled its long-planned expansion into Melbourne, and it is doing it without the support of the Victorian government. Stone ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
July 24, 2017
The Australian game development sector has renewed its push to be recognised as a serious industry deserving of support, despite losing its most vocal parliame...

Research

STUART KENNEDY
July 21, 2017
The University of New South Wales is about to snap its tech commercialisation partnership with China into high gear which could see its Sino deal flow hit the ...

Encryption

MARK GREGORY
July 19, 2017
The Turnbull government has announced plans for legislation to compel tech companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google to unscramble the encrypted ...

Policy

Denham Sadler
July 19, 2017
The battle between Australian states to be the destination of choice for startups and tech firms is heating up, with South Australia now having entered the fra...

China

James Riley
July 19, 2017
Melbourne-based cross border payments platform Airwallex is one of the Australian startup community’s brightest stars, having attracted an honour roll of...

Podcast

James Riley
July 18, 2017
Sandy Plunkett has had several careers in the tech industry. I first met her in the very early 1990s when she was a reporter covering the technology beat for ...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
July 18, 2017
The largest survey of the Australian startup ecosystem has launched for another year, with an expanded remit to act as a matchmaker between tech companies and ...

WorkSpace

Denham Sadler
July 17, 2017
York Butter Factory’s big expansion into Sydney is just the beginning of ambitious plans to build a series of innovation precincts across the country in ...

TelcoLand

MARK GREGORY
July 17, 2017
NBN Co was tasked by the government with building the National Broadband Network (NBN) with the primary consideration being roll-out cost and time-to-market, i...

Space

Denham Sadler
July 14, 2017
Another federal government review of Australia’s space industry has been slammed by sections of the industry and Federal Labor as “redundant”...

Startups

James Riley
July 13, 2017
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says her government’s $35 million investment in a Sydney Startup Hub in the central business district is the first of seve...

Startup Hub

Denham Sadler
July 13, 2017
For Fishburners CEO Murray Hurps, the NSW government’s big reveal of the Sydney Startup Hub was the culmination of a harrowing three year journey. As ...

Culture

Sandy Plunkett
July 12, 2017
When economists Paul Frijters and Gigi Foster released a study in 2015 arguing Australia was a plutocracy where our richest amass their wealth by political c...

Podcast

James Riley
July 12, 2017
There is a reason why New South Wales has streaked ahead of its peers in the delivery of digital platforms across government and the transformation of the stat...

Data policy

Beverley Head
July 12, 2017
  Australian businesses and governments that want to exploit the value in personal data need to first exercise their “moral imagination” becaus...

TelcoLand

STUART KENNEDY
July 12, 2017
Labor is making political bacon from an admission by NBN Co that almost all of the 1423 micro-nodes planted on the NBN so far to help boost network speeds were...

Communications

MARK GREGORY
July 12, 2017
In a blog posted on 5 July, NBN Chief Networking Officer Peter Ryan makes a series of misleading statements about why NBN Co is building a national network d...

China Trade

James Riley
July 12, 2017
University of New South Wales president and vice-chancellor Ian Jacobs will deliver a keynote address at InnovationAus.com’s China Money, China Markets ...

Battery Tech

STUART KENNEDY
July 10, 2017
Elon Musk’s flamboyantly executed grid storage battery deal for spark-strapped South Australia might not have much local industry content, but the buzz h...

Culture

Sandy Plunkett
July 6, 2017
The call from a Silicon Valley colleague a year ago led with the news his all-male venture capital firm was courting a female partner. He thought, correctly, t...
CORRIE McLEOD
July 6, 2017
When we sat down two and a half years ago with a reporter we were hoping to hire and revealed a plan to launch a publication focused on public policy and innov...

FinTech

STUART KENNEDY
July 6, 2017
There is a financial technology tsunami headed this way from China and our government, business and regulation leaders need to get ready to adapt. So says G...

Exports

Beverley Head
July 6, 2017
Mark Toohey’s startup is a joke – literally. Called TBSx3, the startup is developing a blockchain-based system intended to stall counterfeiters. ...

StartupLand

James Riley
July 6, 2017
Of course LaunchVic should pull its $2.5 million funding of 500 Startups’ plan to set up an accelerator in Melbourne. This is a no-brainer. And it’...

Digital

Denham Sadler
July 6, 2017
The Commonwealth’s myGov platform has been “largely effective,” despite ballooning costs and an inability to bring new government services on...

Digital

James Riley
July 3, 2017
The Digital Transformation Agency has lost another two of its most senior digital executives – two of its most senior women – with the shock resign...

Policy

STUART KENNEDY
July 3, 2017
The Coalition government has tweaked its skilled visa program in the wake of widespread criticism after a major revamp of the 457 visa program back in April, b...

Diversity

Denham Sadler
July 3, 2017
A number of prominent women in the Australian tech and startup communities have spoken out about the discrimination, sexism and harassment they regularly encou...

Gender

Denham Sadler
July 3, 2017
The Victorian government has put 500 Startups “on notice’ but stopped short of pulling its funding for the world-renowned accelerator following sex...

Innovation

Denham Sadler
July 3, 2017
Australian corporates are “doing innovation all wrong” as the world is “accelerating away,” Startup Catalyst CEO Aaron Birkby says. ...

Security

STUART KENNEDY
July 2, 2017
Hot on the heels of the recent Petya ransomware attack, the Federal government has shifted from being coy about Australia’s offensive cyber capability to...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
July 1, 2017
When 500 Startups founder Dave McClure visited Melbourne last month as a guest of the Victorian government he had already been stood down from the “day-t...

Podcast

James Riley
June 27, 2017
Martin O’Malley is a former Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of the US state of Maryland. He was also a candidate in the 2016 presidential nomination race...

NSW Budget

James Riley
June 27, 2017
It’s possible I’ve guzzled too  much kool-aid – or maybe fallen irretrievably into geekdom – but I found the most interesting thing...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
June 27, 2017
Australian FinTech companies have reached a collective tipping point and are on the verge of enjoying mainstream adoption, a new report has found. The EY Fi...

Commercialisation

Denham Sadler
June 27, 2017
The Federal Government has handed out nearly $29 million to a range of business-research collaborations as part of its Cooperative Research Centres Projects (C...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
June 27, 2017
The City of Melbourne has released its plan to grow and nurture the local startup community, nearly a year to the day since its crosstown rival unveiled a simi...

Policy

STUART KENNEDY
June 24, 2017
The federal government has formed a taskforce to wrangle its response to the Productivity Commission’s report on data use which will investigate privacy ...

Manufacturing

Denham Sadler
June 22, 2017
Advanced manufacturing has turned a corner in Australia and is an “indispensable part” of the innovation ecosystem, federal industry, innovation an...

Welfare

Denham Sadler
June 22, 2017
The Federal Government’s highly controversial robo-debt recovery system is a “fundamentally broken program” that has had a “profoundly ...

State Policy

James Riley
June 22, 2017
The Palaszczuk Government is leaving nothing to chance in its efforts to make Queensland home to the most attractive and productive startup and innovation ecos...

Industry 4.0

STUART KENNEDY
June 21, 2017
Veteran Labor industry spokesman Kim Carr went full polemic on the advantages of Australia retaining its manufacturing capability in a speech this week, hittin...

Policy

Denham Sadler
June 21, 2017
The Victorian government says its ICT Strategy is still a core focus despite remaining mostly silent on its progress and implementation since its launch more t...

Data

Beverley Head
June 21, 2017
Data Governance Australia has launched a draft code of practice regarding data collection and use. It hopes this will dovetail with the Feds’ yet-to-be-r...

Budget

James Riley
June 20, 2017
New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet’s first budget has revealed a set of books in embarrassingly rude health, confirming a surplus for the curren...

Policy

Graeme Philipson
June 20, 2017
The Productivity Commission has released a report calling for the called for phasing out of the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (TUSO). The TUS...

Digital

James Riley
June 20, 2017
Outspoken digital evangelist and delivery guru Paul Shetler has landed in a new role as an Expert in Residence at Sydney FinTech hub Stone & Chalk, and aim...

Video games

STUART KENNEDY
June 19, 2017
A recommendation from a long buried Senate report to reinstate a Federal funding program for the local video games industry got a thumbs up from another parlia...

Policy

Denham Sadler
June 19, 2017
Australia’s continued fall in global innovation rankings should send “a chill through the bones” of the local tech and startup communities, a...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
June 19, 2017
The Victorian Government is now seeking applications for “experienced innovation hub operators” to establish a FinTech hub in Melbourne. The hub...

Policy

James Riley
June 19, 2017
The New South Wales Government will detail $536 million in digital health infrastructure spending when the state’s Treasurer Dominic Perrottet hands down...

StartupLand

James Riley
June 19, 2017
The New South Wales Government appears to have drawn a line through Barangaroo as the site for its temporary Sydney Startup Hub, as it nears a dotted-line conc...

Policy

STUART KENNEDY
June 16, 2017
The Queensland Government  chief entrepreneur Mark Sowerby has almost finished his one-year term in the slot and he is pissed off. Mr Sowerby admits he ...

Space

Denham Sadler
June 15, 2017
There are growing calls from founders and entrepreneurs for the Australian government to establish a centralised space agency to support the burgeoning local i...

Energy

Denham Sadler
June 15, 2017
The highly anticipated and controversial Finkel Report “falls short” for local clean energy startups and does them a disservice by skewing in favou...

Security

Graeme Philipson
June 15, 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s assertion that technology companies should help security services circumvent encryption measures has drawn a sharp resp...

Research

Denham Sadler
June 14, 2017
New grants of up to $200,000 are on offer to foster innovation in brain cancer research and plug a funding gap for small players in the industry. The Cure B...

Smart Cities

Denham Sadler
June 14, 2017
A global award for Melbourne’s technology and innovation sector serves as validation for the Victorian government’s ongoing policy strategy in the ...

Venture Capital

STUART KENNEDY
June 13, 2017
Australia’s venture capital pool has likely doubled for FY2017 as the proportion of VC bound money coming from the country’s super funds ramps up. ...

RegTech

STUART KENNEDY
June 9, 2017
There’s a clash developing between traditional finance institutions and the new wave of disruptive FinTechs and RegTechs over data access that may take g...

Policy

Denham Sadler
June 9, 2017
Australian politicians from both sides of the aisle have united to call on big tech firms like Facebook and Google to do more to fight the spread of extremism ...

RegTech

STUART KENNEDY
June 9, 2017
There is an almost unlimited opportunity for the RegTech sector in Australia, but the country must move quickly at every level from RegTech startups to the reg...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
June 9, 2017
The State Library Victoria was founded in 1854 with an aim of being “the people’s university”. Led by Justice Redmond Barry, the library o...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
June 8, 2017
The Australian fintech community is urging the government to reconsider the requirements to be placed on startups that undertake equity crowdfunding or risk no...

RegTech

Beverley Head
June 8, 2017
Australia’s RegTech companies need to get their skates on and focus on the issue through a more collaborative lens if they are to avoid being overtaken b...

Trade

Michael Sainsbury
June 8, 2017
“That was something a bit different,” Australia Thailand Chamber of Commerce president Brenton Mauriello remarked following a 90-minute breakfast s...

Policy

James Riley
June 6, 2017
Just 14 months after the launch of the Australian Government’s Cyber Security Strategy, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has begun a process of refres...

Startups

STUART KENNEDY
June 5, 2017
Could MedTech startups be the next big thing on the Australian venture capital landscape? Petra Andrén, CEO of Sydney technology incubator Cicada Inn...

Cyber

Beverley Head
June 5, 2017
Covata listed too early, promised too much, delivered too little; but its security focus is still spot on according to CEO Ted Pretty. Ted Pretty has a stor...

Interview

Michael Sainsbury
June 5, 2017
Bill Morrow, the 56-year-old Californian silver fox who heads Australia’s endlessly controversial National Broadband Network sounds just a little amazed ...
Denham Sadler
June 5, 2017
Spending taxpayer money to attract huge global accelerator programs to Australia does a disservice to Australian startups and delivers few benefits to the loca...

TelcoLand

MARK GREGORY
June 5, 2017
Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is to seek judicial review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) draft decision to not declar...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
June 5, 2017
LaunchVic chief executive Kate Cornick says the organisation will dish out more targeted funding more regularly as part of a new strategic direction for its $6...

StartupLand

Denham Sadler
June 2, 2017
The organisation responsible for dishing out Victoria’s $60 million innovation fund will focus on encouraging more migrants and refugees to develop tech ...

"Research"

Denham Sadler
June 2, 2017
CSIRO has still not officially agreed to allow its Data61 analytics unit to become involved in the government’s highly contentious welfare drug testing p...

Regulation

Denham Sadler
June 1, 2017
A senate inquiry into the use of drones in Australia risks stifling local innovation in the sector if it recommends the imposition of heavy-handed regulation, ...

Privacy

Denham Sadler
May 31, 2017
The government’s planned privacy code for the public sector is a “smokescreen” to cover its series of failures in the space, and has no hope ...

Research

STUART KENNEDY
May 31, 2017
Government research and development spending gets trumped by academic R&D when it comes to positive economic spill-over effects on business R&D, a new ...

TelcoLand

MARK GREGORY
May 30, 2017
Criticism of NBN Co’s failure to address consumer complaints is steadily increasing. Rather than address the complaints, NBN CEO Bill Morrow and his grow...

Security

STUART KENNEDY
May 30, 2017
A prospective Co-operative Research Centre devoted to cyber security that boasts a former ASIO head as its chair will re-apply for funding at the end of May, h...

Policy

Denham Sadler
May 30, 2017
CSIRO was not consulted about a controversial program to drug test welfare recipients before a Cabinet minister announced that its Data61 analytics unit would ...

StartupLand

James Riley
May 30, 2017
Amid growing concerns at the trickle of money being assigned under the Incubator Support initiative, Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos will today unveil four ...

FinTech

Denham Sadler
May 29, 2017
Only one startup ha