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Cybersecurity to make a return to cabinet

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is set to bring cybersecurity back into Cabinet more than two years after he scrapped the ministerial position. In news handed to The Australian newspaper...

Kathmandu chief takes top job at Austrade

The Morrison government has reached deep into corporate Australia to find a new chief executive for Austrade, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, appointing the current group CEO and...

RBA eyes wave of digital sovereign currencies

When Facebook backed the Libra cryptocurrency in 2019, governments around the world took notice. Libra still hasn’t launched, but the Facebook cryptocurrency and China’s digital Yuan pilot are prompting...

Northrop Grumman, Gilmour Space in strategic pact

Northrop Grumman Corporation and Australian rocket startup Gilmour Space have signed a memorandum of understanding, with the aerospace giant to join a previously-announced and Gilmour-led CRC-P project to build...

Victorian budget ‘sets new bar’ for tech support

The Victorian budget “sets a new bar” for government support of technology and startups and has been broadly welcomed by leading figures in the sector. Treasurer Tim Pallas unveiled...

Gig economy ‘crisis’ needs basic regulation: TWU

The gig economy is in “crisis” and there is a need for urgent action from the federal government after the deaths of five delivery riders in Australia in the...

Aussie flying car ambulance to launch in 2023

A Bankstown Airport-headquartered startup, AMSL Aero, has officially launched its electric air ambulance, the Vertiia. The vertical takeoff and landing (or VTOL) vehicle — a flying car — is...

No time for autopilot on tech policy: O’Neil

There needs to be a return to Australia’s “reformist zeal” around tech and innovation and a move away from the current hands-off approach, according to shadow innovation minister Clare...

Electric vehicle tax is bad policy, denies reality

A new tax in Victoria on the use of electric vehicles is a bad policy that will disincentive use of the technology and put Australia even further behind the...

It’s raining money in Victoria’s first tech budget

The Victorian budget marks a “fundamental shift” in the state government’s support for technology and innovation, with billions of dollars in funding coming in the form of research translation...

OAIC reports just 11 COVIDSafe privacy complaints

Australia’s national privacy office received only 11 complaints regarding COVIDSafe since it was launched earlier this year, with attention turning away from the contact tracing app which is yet...

Regulators must step up on AI medical products

Australian regulators are lagging global rivals on the use of software and artificial intelligence in medical products, leading to commercialisation problems that sends promising companies moving overseas. According to...

Victoria to launch $25m venture growth fund

The Victorian government will launch a $25 million venture growth fund in an effort to keep startups in the state, a significant policy shift on tech for the state...

Algorithmic bias needs ‘urgent’ attention: AHRC

Businesses and governments need to urgently address bias in their artificial intelligence systems and put in place mitigation strategies or stop using the technology entirely, according to Australian Human...