Kate Cornick

Victorian startups are going gangbusters – and that’s a big win for the local economy

- August 25, 2023 2 MIN READ

 An updated report from Deloitte Access Economics has found the Victorian startup ecosystem has out- performed growth expectations from forecasts made in 2020. The report,“Scaling up: Growing the economic opportunity for Victoria’s startup ecosystem”, commissioned by startup agency, LaunchVic, concludes that pandemic tailwinds were kind to the sector with its value nearly doubling from $50… Read more »

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Atlassian cofounders say ‘yes’ to Voice referendum on giving Indigenous Australians a say in Constitution

- July 17, 2023 2 MIN READ

Atlassian cofounders and co-CEOs Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar have backed the Australian Indigenous Voice referendum, saying it will “move us closer to meaningful reconciliation” and a more equitable nation. In a note to staff late last week, the pair said that “empowering First Nations communities is something we’ve always believed in and backed in… Read more »

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Everyone’s on board for an Australian national ID using biometrics

- June 30, 2023 2 MIN READ

State and territory governments have agreed, with the Commonwealth, to increase their use of biometrics for identification in a bid to make the federated ID scheme more resilient to fraud and identity theft. Identification services are spread across the states and territories, that are in charge of driver licences and birth certificates, and the Commonwealth… Read more »

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CHEQUE OUT TIME: the Australian government’s payments strategy plan goes digital, ending cheques by 2030

- June 9, 2023 3 MIN READ

Buoyed by dramatic changes in the way consumers pay for goods and services, Australia’s payments processing ecosystem will be overhauled based on a new strategic plan that includes the phasing out of cheques and full transition to the New Payments Platform (NPP). The newly launched Strategic Plan for Australia’s Payments System – developed through consultation with regulators,… Read more »

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The Australian government is going to force Big Tech to scan your photos and emails for illegal things

- June 7, 2023 3 MIN READ

Tech giants will be forced to scan Australians’ emails, online photo libraries, cloud storage accounts and dating sites for illegal content or face fines of nearly $700,000 per day, the eSafety Commissioner has said after rejecting two proposed industry codes as inadequate. Developed by key service providers and delivered to eSafety in February for review, the problematic… Read more »

Rehan D'Almedia

FinTech Australia and open banking companies want the federal government to sort out a consumer data right roadmap

- May 30, 2023 3 MIN READ

Australia’s roll out of open banking under the consumer data right (CDR) is stalling ahead of the third anniversary of its introduction, with industry lobby groups and the fintech sector calling on the federal government to put in place a long sought-after roadmap for CDR implementation. FinTech Australia and the Financial Data and Technology Association… Read more »

Kate Pounder

3 things the Tech Council likes about the 2023 federal budget

- May 9, 2023 3 MIN READ

The Tech Council of Australia (TCA) has welcomed federal budget announcements backing skilled migration, cybersecurity and a new commercialisation fund.  TCA CEO Kate Pounder said the measures by Treasurer Jim Chalmers aligned with the priorities in the Council’s pre-budget submission. “The Budget takes important steps to address the big challenges facing our country, including skills… Read more »

Jim Chalmers

Budget 2023: what you need to know and what it all means at a glance

- May 9, 2023 < 1 MIN READ

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has delivered his second budget with a heavy focus on cost-of-living relief for Australians who are struggling due to persistently high inflation and rising interest rates. While Chalmers says the economy should continue to create jobs and unemployment is expected to remain historically low, inflation remains the top economic concern. Chalmers says… Read more »