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Canberra listening tour continues

“We’re listening” was the message clearly ringing out from Canberra today. Except it was being sung by the Innovation Minister Wyatt Roy, and Minister for Employment and Women Michaelia...

NSW steams ahead on digital policy

The NSW Government will unveil a series of landmark digital initiatives at the end of October, including the launch of its own digital authentication and transaction aggregation platform called...

DTO unveils first exemplar projects

Paul Shetler, the head of the government’s Digital Transformation Office, has unveiled the agency’s first projects. With no fanfare, the details were quietly disclosed on the DTO’s blog. Mr...

Step 1: start the right conversation

If a company wants to foster innovation it needs to start with the right conversations. And until senior management kicks those off, it’s not going to happen. Malcolm Turnbull...

Melbourne IT call for open data

Melbourne IT’s CEO Martin Mercer believes governments, at all levels, should make their data more available. That will enable a whole range of possibilities from new apps and new...

NBN leadership a roll-out problem

The embattled National Broadband Network company has lost yet another senior executive with its chief operating officer, former Telstra executive Greg Adcock, leaving after less than two years. Mr...

Miners tell a sad Atlassian story

When news emerged late last month that Australia’s greatest software success story, Atlassian, planned to list on the New York Stock Exchange there was some gnashing of the teeth...

Is ACCC impeding innovation?

Regulation is often cast as one of the major impediments to innovation. Normally the concern is about regulation that impedes market entry, but the ACCC and its interpretation of...

UTS sketch talent sharing plan

Australia’s GDP is 8.5 per cent higher because of the impact of university education on the workforce – adding $140 billion to the nation’s coffers last year. The figure,...

J-Bish cements Valley Girl creds

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has used her visit to San Francisco for the annual bilateral foreign and defence talks known as AUSMIN to underscore the clear message from...

DTO considers an Aussie G-Cloud

Australian Government ICT procurement is set to undergo its most radical overhaul since the 2008 Gershon Review of public sector tech spending and may include an Aussie version of...

Turnbull reignites stalled OGP bid

Having been quietly shelved two years ago, Australia’s plans to join the multilateral Open Government Partnership are being dusted off by Malcolm Turnbull and an announcement to formally sign-on...

Policyhack is not just for startups

Newly-appointed Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy says his ‘policy hackathon’ is open to all parts of the tech eco-system, and is not reserved only for startups, but would...

Time to fire up the new guard

The new government could drive a huge wave of digital change and innovation if they did two small things. First change the way they buy digital services – panels...