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Yesterday

Business, cyber experts call for urgent rules to keep products safe

Business and cyber experts say regulations are needed so boards understand their obligations to ensure products and services are secure.

  • Tom Burton

This Month

Review cybersecurity for consumer data right: report

Time should be taken to mature the consumer data right before expanding it beyond banking, a Treasury-commissioned review has found.

  • Tom Burton

Focus on cybersecurity as Australia slips down UN digital rankings

A new focus on trust and security will be the Albanese governmentโ€™s priority for online services, rather than chasing lofty international goals.

  • Tom Burton

September

Optus rings the data reform bells

The telcoโ€™s data breach has kick-started an overhaul of Australiaโ€™s ailing data privacy, security and management laws.

  • Tom Burton

Bill Shorten resets the NDIS

New board appointments mark a major reset for the $30 billion disability agency, but the key appointment is former Victorian and NSW official Rebecca Falkingham.

  • Tom Burton
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Who will lead citizen-first government in Canberra?

The roll-out the new multibillion-dollar myGov service platform offers the government a huge opportunity to finally embrace true citizen-centric government.

  • Tom Burton

Meet the woman remaking a government mega-agency

After reaching a low with robo-debt, Services Australia is being reborn with a powerful new tech platform and a focus on being a trusted provider of services.

  • Tom Burton

COVID-19 wave will be lower and slower: Sutton

Victorian chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton has softened his prediction of a repeat of winterโ€™s crippling omicron wave.

  • Tom Burton

New weekly COVID reporting is โ€˜uselessโ€™

New weekly COVID reporting has been described as messy, useless and uncoordinated after a mishmash of reports were released Friday.

  • Tom Burton

How to build a modern data organisation

The Australian Tax Office has long been a leader in the use of computer technology to collect taxes. Its transformation into a data-centric organisation is a case study other public sector agencies.

  • Tom Burton

Review of myGov portal aims to sort out federal service confusion

The newly revamped myGov portal will be reviewed by former Telstra CEO David Thodey, with hopes of consolidating all federal services for citizens.

  • Tom Burton

Emission ratings to hit real estate values, banks warn

Australian Bankers Association chief executive Anna Bligh says investors will force banks to rebalance their mortgage books to favour low-emission housing.

  • Tom Burton

Meet ANGIE, the ATOโ€™s secret weapon to beat wealthy tax cheats

The Tax Office is using artificial intelligence to find patterns of interest among corporate structures and high wealth individuals seeking to avoid tax obligations.

  • Tom Burton

Trade simplification aims to save $4.3 billion in regulatory costs

An ambitious attempt to modernise Australiaโ€™s complex and bureaucratic trade borders promises to save billions for exporters and importers.

  • Tom Burton

Watershed moment as Millennials take charge

The Jobs and Skills Summit was a refreshing mix of youth and diversity, suggesting a watershed change in how politics is played.

  • Tom Burton
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New era for living with COVID-19

Limited isolation and weekly reporting are part of a new relaxed approach to living with the virus, and come despite official predictions of another wave before Christmas.

  • Tom Burton

Masks come off for international airline arrivals

The mask mandate for international airline arrivals is to be dropped from midnight on Thursday, as health authorities move to report COVID-19 metrics weekly.

  • Tom Burton

Public servants told to let go of their org charts

โ€œIf you have to rely on an organisational chart to assert your authority, you are not much of a leader,โ€ says newly appointed prime ministerial secretary Glyn Davis.

  • Tom Burton

Public sector leaders baulk at their own reforms

A proposal to flatten the federal public service and change titles of workers has been sidelined, leaving the 170,000-strong public sector bloated with 13 layers and a deeply hierarchical culture.

  • Tom Burton

August

Ministers should be banned from making grants, says Grattan

Pork-barrelling may be legally a grey area, but it is not good government and its normalisation undermines democracy, the think tank says.

  • Tom Burton