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CYBER WARS: Australia ramps up cybersecurity defences by $1.35bn

- July 1, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian government is ramping up its cybersecurity defences, announcing on Tuesday that it will spend $1.35 billion over 10 years to enhance the national capabilities and assistance via the Australian Signals Directorate and the Australian Cyber Security Centre. Dubbed the Cyber Enhanced Situational Awareness and Response (CESAR) package, the focus will range from cyber… Read more »

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QUANTUM LEAP: CSIRO predicts a new tech sector will generate $4 billion annually within 20 years

- May 22, 2020 2 MIN READ

The quantum technology sector could be worth more than $4 billion annually and create 16,000 jobs by 2040, according to a report by CSIRO. The Growing Australia’s Quantum Technology Industry report sees potential in everything from national security to mineral exploration, drug and materials development, and communications from spin offs resulting from quantum physics developments.… Read more »

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The Australian government’s ‘tech investment roadmap’ is out and it’s all about energy

- May 21, 2020 3 MIN READ

The Morrison Government released the eagerly anticipated discussion paper for the Technology Investment Roadmap overnight, with the 74-page paper, prepared by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, focused on climate change, emissions reduction and energy sources. The paper’s name is somewhat misleading for the broader startups sector, with the goal of the plan… Read more »


When 70% of Australians said they’d download the CovidSafe app, why did only 44% of them do it?

- May 20, 2020 4 MIN READ

In late March, we posed a hypothetical scenario to a sample of Australians, asking if they would download a contact tracing app released by the federal government; 70% responded in favour. But a more recent survey, following the release of COVIDSafe, revealed only 44% of respondents had downloaded it. The Australian government’s COVIDSafe app aims… Read more »

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Mike Cannon-Brookes and Paul Bassat are backing the CovidSafe app as the tech sector takes on suspicious minds

- April 27, 2020 4 MIN READ

  Atlassian boss Mike Cannon-Brookes and Square Peg Capital’s Paul Bassat are among the tech sector’s high-profile supporters of the federal government’s contact-tracing smartphone app, CovidSafe, released on Sunday, but many remain wary of letting politicians anywhere near their data amid ongoing suspicion of their motives. Cannon-Brookes came out in favour of the app, which… Read more »


Coronavirus contact-tracing apps: their biggest weakness is we’re all waiting to see what each other will do

- April 23, 2020 4 MIN READ

As governments look to ease general social-distancing measures and instead use more targeted strategies to stop coronavirus transmission, we face a social dilemma about the limits of cooperative behaviour. Consider the controversy over contact-tracing phone apps, which can help authorities identify people with whom someone diagnosed with COVID-19 has recently come into close contact. Oxford… Read more »

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The 3 things Scott Morrison wants to see before he’ll begin lifting shutdown restrictions in mid-May

- April 17, 2020 3 MIN READ

Prime minister Scott Morrison says it will be at least a month before governments will look at lifting current shutdown restrictions, but Australia has made real progress in the past month on getting the virus under control and getting economic support in place. “Our attention as a national cabinet is now turning to the road… Read more »

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JobKeeper won’t suit every business, but if it’s eligible here’s how it works

- April 11, 2020 3 MIN READ

“While it is a great initiative that is going to help thousands of employers keep staff on their books and potentially save their business, there is still the application process to go through first. Employers shouldn’t rush out and start spending money until they have gotten confirmation that they are eligible,” said Employsure Managing Director… Read more »

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Brewery startups are hopping mad about falling through the cracks in the government’s $200 billion stimulus package

- April 9, 2020 3 MIN READ

While the Morrison government’s $130 billion JobKeeper package and a range of other measures to help businesses survive the coronavirus crisis have been widely welcomed, Australia’s nascent boutique brewery industry fears it’s been completely overlooked in the stimulus efforts. Parliament passed the massive wage subsidy plan on Wednesday, but the government resisted attempts to expand… Read more »

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The $130 billion JobKeeper bonanza: who gets it, and how, and who misses out

- April 6, 2020 3 MIN READ

The A$130 billion $1,500-per-fortnight JobKeeper payment will benefit six million Australians for six months, with payments expected from May 1. Eligible businesses include not-for-profits and businesses with turnovers of less than $1 billion per year whose turnover is down 30%. Businesses with turnovers of more than $1 billion per year need to have lost 50%… Read more »

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Working parents will get free childcare under the Morrison government’s latest coronavirus boost

- April 2, 2020 2 MIN READ

  Childcare will be free for parents working to keep society functioning through the coronavirus shutdown – as well as those who’ve taken their child out of care but want to keep the place – under new subsidies announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Around one million families in 13,000 childcare and early learning centres… Read more »

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The startup sector reacts to the Australian government’s $130bn jobs and business ‘hibernation’ strategy

- March 31, 2020 4 MIN READ

Australia’s startup sector has reacted favourably to the Morrison government’s $130 billion economic stimulus package, announced on Monday. The government will pay a $750 a week wage subsidy to businesses who retain workers over the next six months. The program also applies to sole traders. “We will pay employers to keep paying their employees, and… Read more »

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Australia’s massive $130bn stimulus package will pay businesses $750 a week for each worker they keep in a job

- March 30, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Workers will receive $1500-per-fortnight ‘JobKeeper’ wage subsidy for the next 6 months It applies to businesses losing a minimum 30% of income (50% for revenue over $1bn) The ATO will manage the scheme through Single Touch Payroll The flat rate payment applies to people employed at March 1 (provided they are reinstated if subsequently… Read more »

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Stimulus 3 will pay each business $3000 a month per worker to keep them in a job

- March 30, 2020 3 MIN READ

  Workers will receive $1500-per-fortnight ‘JobKeeper’ wage subsidy for the next 6 months It applies to businesses losing a minimum 30% of income (50% for revenue over $1bn) The ATO will manage the scheme through Single Touch Payroll The flat rate payment applies to people employed at March 1 (provided they are reinstated if subsequently… Read more »

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TWO IS ENOUGH: Australia ramps up isolation limits, with two-person rule in public, and stops rental evictions

- March 29, 2020 2 MIN READ

  Public gatherings will be limited to two people under new rules to deal with coronavirus in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. The new rules means previously allowed outdoor personal training sessions are cut to one-on-one, and skate parks and playgrounds will close from Monday. “In addition, public areas – public playgrounds, outside gyms… Read more »