MEGA UPDATED: More than FIFTY top IT companies in Australia have provided IT industry commentary on Australia’s 2021 Federal Budget, focusing on the digital economy, cyber security, business and more.
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) says South Australia’s injection of $120 million in funding for the ICT industry signals that digital transformation and sovereignty is a key priority for the State with funds going towards projects that support an improved digital experience and further access to both businesses and individuals.
GUEST OPINION by Brett Barningham, Managing Director of Local and State Government ANZ, Civica. The government’s latest Budget has been described by some as one of “shock and awe” levels of spending, including billions on regional infrastructure. The figures are truly eye-watering – and confirmation that the government is seeking to use its purchasing power to enhance overall demand amid a record recession.
Research into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the University of Adeaide has received a $20 milion boost in funding from the Federal Government to underpin the establishment of a new national centre for AI research and development.
The Federal Government's commitment of $800 million in the budget to advance Australia's digital economy has been welcomed by cyber security firm Tenable's ANZ country manager Scott McKinnel.
A renewed focus on research and development was the only bright spot in the Budget reply speech made by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on Thursday, the head of Australia's national start-up advocacy group says.
A mix of large, medium-sized and small IT businesses have generally welcomed the measures in the Federal Budget that affect their industry, though the government's meddling in encryption — as evidenced in the passage of the encryption law last December — did not exactly earn many cheers.
The Federal Government has cut another $1.35 billion from its research and development tax incentive over the forward estimates, according to the Budget papers.
The Australian Computer Society has welcomed the announcement of a $525.3 million skills package in Tuesday's Federal Budget, but says more investment is needed to develop skills in the country.
The Federal Government has allocated an unspecified amount in Tuesday's Federal Budget to improve cyber security arrangements for the forthcoming election.
The Australian Information Industry Association has urged the Coalition to boost digital skills, innovation and government IT procurement in this year's Federal Budget.
Technology firms have welcomed the Coalition Government's Budget measures in the field of cyber security, but say that more clarity on the use of different technologies would have been better. Some have sought government aid to make the networks of small businesses secure.
Companies involved in blockchain technology have expressed disappointment at the relatively small allocation of $700,000 in the Federal Budget for Australia's Digital Transformation Agency to explore areas where blockchain technology could offer the most value for government services.
The Coalition Government has allocated $4.5 million over four years in the Federal Budget to encourage women to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and careers.
The Australian Information Industry Association has expressed concerns over changes to the R&D Tax Incentive in the Federal Budget, saying that they could put the brakes on innovation by discouraging companies from local investment.
The federal government has made changes in the R&D Tax Incentive which will hit both big and small businesses, the latter to a larger extent, with the Federal Budget aiming to save $2.4 billion on the scheme over the next four years.
The Australian federal budget has opened the door for new entrants into the banking sector by changing the limitation on closely-held ownership in the relevant act, removing the Prohibition on the use of "bank" by some authorised deposit-taking bodies, and changing the bank-licensing process.
What does Australia’s new federal Budget 2016 say about the NBN? Details within, with links to the documents so you can see for yourself.
There was a touch of sweet and sour last night for both the technology industries and consumers in the pronouncements of the Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey as he delivered the 2015/16 Australian Federal Budget.
Government sector IT staff will consider changing their jobs if they are affected by cuts in agency and departmental budgets expected to be announced in tonight’s federal budget, according to one major ICT recruitment firm.
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