Government IT


ATO boosts service access via app and voice authentication

The ATO's voice identification system can be used with its app.

Claire Connelly 3:58 PM   The ATO has announced it will extend its voice authentication system to its mobile app


Code Club gets $1 million birthday present

Code Club Australia says new funding will help it extend its reach into rural and regional areas.

Claire Connelly 1:04 PM   On the eve of its first birthday, an Australian non-for-profit facilitating digital literacy in school-aged children just received a million present from the federal government and the Telstra Foundation.

Phoenix rises from the ashes to battle Aussie bushfires

Called Phoenix, this software is proving to be indispensable for fighting bushfires.

Bennett Ring   Firefighters and planners are using an Australian-made bushfire simulator to help them do their job.

ID fraudsters attack ATO at least 11,000 times in one year

Identity fraudsters have targeted the ATO more than 11,000 times in the 2014-15 financial year in an attempt to steal tax refunds.

Noel Towell, Lisa Cox   The ATO has been targeted more than 11,000 times by identity fraudsters attempting to steal tax refunds in 2014-15.

Open data to public use, catch up with the world


Stephen Bartos   Public servants need to ditch the control and encourage entrepreneurship.

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The APS's 'gap in capability'

Digital Transformation Office chief executive Paul Shetler.

Phillip Thomson   State of the Service report outlines the major hurdle to digital reform.

Tax refunds targeted by cyber crims

The ATO says 1000 tax refunds, totalling $9 million, have had to be cancelled.

Noel Towell and Lisa Cox   Tens of thousands of taxpayers forced to wait for refunds amid suspicion of identity theft.

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Public service to ban paper in boxes

A crackdown on hard-copy paperwork has been announced.

Phillip Thomson   One powerful agency head warns against "tyranny of small person" as sweeping reforms released for public service.

Centrelink blames smartphone apps for 60,000 blocked calls a day

Centrelink "blocked" more than 22 million phone calls in the past year.

Noel Towell   Centrelink blocked 22m phone calls last year, with smartphone apps blamed for inflating the figures.

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Government to start innovation 'crusade'

Christopher Pyne has the task of delivering the Prime Minister's digital vision.

The federal government is set to 'unleash' innovation and science with a new industry agenda to be announced at the end of 2015.

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How public service's digital reforms will happen

The public service is reforming how it deals with people online.

Phillip Thomson   The millions of customers, the short deadline: how the public service's digital revolution will start.

Capital improvements in public service digital shake-up

Digital Transformation Office chief executive Paul Shetler.

Phillip Thomson   Paul Shetler reveals the digital projects about to hit the federal bureaucracy. Starting with Canberra.

Malcolm Turnbull ditches Silicon Valley trip

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

​Prime Minister and well-known tech head Malcolm Turnbull won't be going ahead with a trade mission to Silicon Valley planned by Tony Abbott.

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Senate orders gov't to release NBN documents

Senator Stephen Conroy.

The Senate has called on the government to reveal plans and financial forecasting relating to the national broadband network.

Westpac chief backs new Turnbull's tech vision

Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer.

Stuart Condie   Westpac chief executive Brian Hartzer believes Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's vision of a tech-rich nation can revive Australia's sluggish post-resource boom economy.

What now for the NBN under Turnbull?


Rod Tucker   Comment: Now that Malcolm Turnbull is PM, the choice of a replacement Communications Minister is critically important.

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Tech start-ups thrilled for Turnbull as PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday.

Frances Mao   Australia's tech sector is excited about surging ahead with a prime minister who "just gets it."

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Morrow confirms $3m NBN payday

Former Vodafone chief Bill Morrow says he cannot recall specific of a case in which a Fairfax journalist's phone was illegally accessed.

The man overseeing the national broadband network was paid more than $3 million last financial year.

Debate rages over north-south digital divide

NBN Co's fibre-optic cables.

Ross Peake   It's another front in the long-running rivalry beneath north and south in the nation's capital.

The NBN: why it's slow, expensive and obsolete


Rod Tucker   Comment: The delays and cost blowouts have been much worse under the Coalition.

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