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Government plans to plan high-speed rail network

- September 8, 2022 2 MIN READ

Australia could soon have some form of high-speed rail network connecting capital cities on the East coast – at the very least we’ll have a dedicated agency for thinking about laying some extra tracks for fast trains. Transport Minister Catherine King introduced a bill to parliament on Thursday to create the High-Speed Rail Authority which,… Read more »

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Australia bumps up tech jobs migration with 6,800 more places

- September 5, 2022 2 MIN READ

The Australia government will offer 6,800 extra permanent migration places for tech sector workers as part of a major boost to migration this financial year. Immigration, citizenship and multicultural affairs minister Andrew Giles announced the increase during the Jobs and Skills Summit last Friday. An extra 35,000 people will be accepted in 2022-23 taking the… Read more »

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$21 million later, here are some lessons from the government’s COVIDSafe app experiment

- August 16, 2022 5 MIN READ

On August 9, 2022, Australia’s COVIDSafe app was officially decommissioned, and all its features removed. People were encouraged to uninstall the app. Reports of its closure have made international news. On ceasing COVIDSafe, health minister Mark Butler said the “Albanese government acted to delete the wasteful and ineffective COVIDSafe app” and accused the former government… Read more »

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Science minister Ed Husic hold tech roundtables in lead up to jobs & skills summit

- August 15, 2022 2 MIN READ

Federal Industry and Science minister Ed Husic is hosting a series of roundtables this week with tech sector leaders to discuss their economic and employment challenges ahead of the Jobs and Skills Summit in September. The five roundtables this Wednesday to Friday cover the following themes: science and commercialisation (August 17) digital and tech skills… Read more »

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Why Labor’s fringe benefits tax cut on EVs won’t help you buy one anytime soon

- August 1, 2022 4 MIN READ

The Albanese government has introduced tax cuts to electric vehicles in its first sitting week, claiming the proposed changes would be “good for motorists, good for climate action and good for fleet purchases”. They won’t, however, help most Australians afford one. Labor plans to stop the “fringe benefits tax” applying to electric vehicles. This tax… Read more »

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Queensland reveals $142 million, 10-year innovation roadmap ahead of the Brisbane Olympics

- July 28, 2022 3 MIN READ

The Queensland Government has earmarked $142 million  for a new tech roadmap designed to drive innovation in the decade leading up to the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that the new Advance Queensland – Innovation for a Future Economy 2022-2032 roadmap builds on the success of our existing Advance Queensland innovation… Read more »

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Tech minister Ed Husic: ‘we need to back ourselves more.. and convince others’

- July 27, 2022 3 MIN READ

The tech sector should be presenting a united front to highlight the importance of digital technologies to society and the economy, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Ed Husic, said in Canberra this week. Speaking at the national launch of the 2022 ACS’ Digital Pulse report at the National Press Club, Minister Husic called on technology sector… Read more »

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National Audit Office says the Morrison government wasted millions in tendering on the Entrepreneurs’ Programme

- June 29, 2022 3 MIN READ

The government mishandled $163 million worth of contracts for the Entrepreneurs’ Programme by favouring incumbents, not measuring tender applicants against the stated criteria, and failing to mitigate against conflicts of interest, a report from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has found. In 2019, the Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources (DISER) put service provision… Read more »

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The Victorian government is investing $100 million into university startups

- June 27, 2022 2 MIN READ

Government-owned Breakthrough Victoria is tipping $100 million in pre-seed funding into startups at the state’s universities looking to commercialise research. Premier Dan Andrews and treasurer Tim Pallas set up the $2 billion Breakthrough Victoria fund, chaired by former premier John Bracks, as an independent investment fund manager investing in commercial innovations in health, technology, manufacturing,… Read more »

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NSW is ramping up its semiconductor capability in partnership with the CSIRO

- June 27, 2022 2 MIN READ

The NSW government is establishing a collaboration between leading Sydney universities and the CSIRO to improve the state’s sovereign semiconductor capability to support critical local industries including health, defence and telecommunications. The Semiconductor Sector Service Bureau (S3B) brings together leading experts from the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and the… Read more »

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NSW budget tips $703 million into ‘Future Economy Fund’ to back high-growth tech companies

- June 22, 2022 2 MIN READ

 The NSW government is establishing a new $703 million investment fund to back fast-growing local companies in the medtech, digital tech and clean economy spaces. Treasurer Matt Kean announced the Future Economy Fund in Tuesday’s state budget as “a once-in-a-generation chance” aimed at the full life cycle of innovative, high-growth business in priority sectors and… Read more »

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Labor’s new financial services minister says cryptocurrency exchange and BNPL regulations are coming

- June 8, 2022 2 MIN READ

The new federal financial services minister Stephen Jones says the Labor government will regulate cryptocurrency exchanges, as well as applying credit laws to the buy now, pay later (BNPL) sector. Speaking to the Guardian Australia,  Jones vowed to continue the roadmap drawn up by the previous government and former treasurer Josh Frydenberg, consulting with the… Read more »