Australian Govt plans A$1.2b boost to digital economy

Ongoing prosperity depends on its ability to innovate, clear policies and a national innovation strategy. Ahead of Australia’s 2021 budget, the Federal Government has announced a plan to A$1.2 billion investment is about securing Australia’s economic recovery in a world of continuing uncertainty. The Budget announced today is focused on…

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Australian Government’s single provider approach exposes risk

Increasing the concentration of data with one data centre provider. AusTender information reveals yet another Government Department has selected the same, single provider that already holds 80 per cent of the value of Government data centre contacts. The Department of Home Affairs has followed a long line of recent Federal…

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Australian Federal Government offered soveriegn hosted cloud services

Provided services to the government by Australian providers to assure both the security and reliability of the supply chain. Australian Data Centres (ADC) has selected Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer to provide sovereign hosted cloud services to the Australian Federal Government. Hosted within  Australian Data Centres’ secure data centre facility in Canberra, the…

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Digitisation and innovation at the heart of Australian Govt budget 

Australia’s Budget pushes digitalisation to drive economic recovery Australia’s peak industry representative body for innovation technology, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), welcomed the Federal Government’s Budget as an important milestone to achieve a globally competitive and leading digital economy.  In an historic development, the Federal Budget will deliver major billion-dollar investments…

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Australian Government to invest $800M to digitise businesses

Accelerating the digitisation of Australian businesses. The Australian Federal Government has announced A$800 million in funding to support the digitisation of Australian businesses. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies by Australian businesses and consumers, which has enabled many to transform their operations…

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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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