Australian National Audit Office finds Commonwealth ICT panels lax

Lack of evidence that current arrangements support the achievement of value for money outcomes. The Australian National Audit Office has made four recommendations aimed at improving compliance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules to ensure officials have sufficient understanding of procurement requirements. In 2018-19 Australian government expenditure on ICT related goods…

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Australia Defence Force awards local company AU$20M portable data centre contract

Number of new tech initiatives for ADF. Canberra-based company DATAPOD (Australia) has been awarded a two-year, AU$20 million contract to provide Defence with portable, containerised data systems which can be rapidly deployed by sea, air or road. Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds said, the investment delivers on the Morrison Government’s commitment…

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AustCyber grants capital for national threat sharing project.

Australian-Govt. non-profit grants capital for national threat sharing project. Australian company Cybermerc has won funding from independent AustCyber to build AUSHIELD DEFEND, a national threat sharing platform.The funding will come from AustCyber’s AU$15 million Project’s Fund (funded by the Australian Government). AUSHIELD DEFEND will allow Australian businesses to collaborate and defend…

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Australian Govt. invests AU$19M in AI health research projects

AI technologies to be used to improve the ways we prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide range of health conditions. The Australian Government is investing AU$19 million in “transformative medical research projects” using game-changing applied artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, to improve the ways we prevent, diagnose and treat a wide…

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COVID-19 stalls Aus Govt’s new approach to cloud market

Pandemic disrupts govt cloud purchases. The Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Agency has had to defer its approach to Cloud Marketplace 2.0 (CMP 2.0), due to continued disruptions and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a statement by the Digital Transformation Agency, it was scheduled to establish a new CMP…

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