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Software RDTI scheme top of tech budget wishlist

The tech sector is hoping for more support in this week’s federal budget following the unveiling of a $1 billion digital package last week, with a standalone tax incentive...

Universities and the challenge of online learning

The results of university student experience ratings including those recently released in Australia (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching) have shown a large drop in the learning experience students...

NSW to introduce data breach notification laws

NSW is set to become the first Australian state or territory to introduce a mandatory data breach notification scheme, following a serious cyber incident last year. NSW public sector...

Builders advised to register fast for new regime

Builders are being advised to “get on top of registration and understanding the declaration process” under the new building reforms that are about to hit the NSW construction industry....

Proof will be in the pudding on AI: Husic

Labor has given a lukewarm welcome to Scott Morrison’s modest commitment to a National Artificial Intelligence Centre but says government must get past announcements and onto delivery. Shadow industry minister Ed Husic...

DTA ‘oversight’ kept $66M SAP contract hidden

The Digital Transformation Agency gave German multinational SAP a contract worth more than $65 million for cloud services in June last year but failed to publish the tender notice...

Govt to establish $50m national AI centre

A new $50 million National Artificial Intelligence Centre will be established within CSIRO and $34 million will be provided to projects using AI to address national challenges as part...

Govt unveils $1.2B digital package

The federal government will spend $500 million on “enhancing” myGov and My Health Record as part of a $1.2 billion funding package aiming to position digital at the centre...

Games sector tax incentive ‘levels playing field’

Australia based game developers will receive a 30 per cent tax offset on qualifying expenditure, as part of the federal government’s $1.2 billion digital economy package announced Thursday. The...

‘Slippage’ in good governance in Communications

Poor governance and rampant outsourcing are plaguing the communications portfolio, according to shadow Minister Michelle Rowland, who has warned the Coalition government’s intervention into independent entities like the ABC,...

Whyalla steelworks gets a refinanced reprieve

GFG Alliance’s Sanjeev Gupta has refinanced debt for the Whyalla steelworks ending speculation the collapse of a financier to the company threatened the closure of the works. The company...

Victorian Auditor-General calls for govt IT rethink

The Victorian Auditor-General has called for a major rethink around government IT projects after finding “significant failures” in the state’s new IT system to handle fines which went nearly...

Three steps to better research commercialisation

Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge’s push for better engagement between universities and industry signals renewed ambition and dynamism among higher education policymakers. Research commercialisation is being pitched as the way to...

NextSense joins Macquarie University hearing hub

The recently rebranded Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children will relocate to a new $74 million Centre of Excellence in Macquarie University, already home to the Australian Hearing...