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ACS Week in Review: 8 March 2013

Friday, 08 Mar 2013

Reports of note out this week

ACS in the news

  • Message to HR Managers and National Policy makers - not all ICT employees are male.
    The Australian Computer Society (ACS) 2012 Women in ICT survey results show that across the Asia Pacific region male biased work cultures, a lack of promotional opportunities and workplace bullying remain constant challenges for at least half of all women who choose ICT as a career and that these issues have contributed to an annual decline in female participation in the Australian ICT workforce by up to five per cent.

Topics in the news

  • Digital Economy: Microsoft fined $711m for breaking browser promise
  • Government: Labor has identified areas to tighten up 457 visa approvals
  • Cloud:  Australia ahead of the cloud
  • Telecommunications:  Vodafone to add 750 jobs at Tasmania call center

News for ACS newsfeed

Digital Economy


  • Fears 457 visa curbs 'will starve industry'
    Labor’s crackdown on temporary skilled 457 migration visas has sparked fears that the IT industry could be starved of a vital pool of skills, but recruitment experts think otherwise. Labor has identified areas to tighten up including language requirements and salary conditions for 457 visa approvals.
  • Grantly Mailes to drive Coalition ICT strategy in Victoria
    The former first CIO of the South Australian government, Grantly Mailes, has been named the first ‘chief technology advocate’ of Victoria. He will be charged with delivering the Victorian Coaliation’s ICT strategy, directing and coordinating information management and technology in Victoria.
  • Australia signs up to Europe Convention on Cybercrime
    Australia has become the 39th country to sign as a party to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime meaning that local law enforcement agencies will be able to obtain data about cybercrime from international partner agencies.
  • BYO consumer tech pushes government out of its comfort zone
    At the CeBIT panel in Hannover, Germany, Glenn Archer, Federal Government CIO said government had to learn to cope with the explosion in demand for consumer centric technology.



Government Announcements

  • Trade Deficit Widens In January (Federal)
    The ABS released data showing exports of goods and services for January were worth just over $25 billion, 0.7 per cent lower than the total in December 2012. The resulting $1.1 billion deficit compares with a revised $688 million deficit in December 2012.
  • National Workforce Development Strategy 2013
    Minister For Tertiary Education, Skills, Science And Research Chris Bowen held a press conference on 8 March to discuss Future focus, 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy. This is the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency’s second National Workforce Development Strategy. The 2013 strategy details how Australia can position itself for growth in the Asian century, in a competitive global environment, where technology and patterns of work are rapidly changing.
  • NBN fibre rollout ramping up in Western Sydney
    The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and the Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury, today hauled National Broadband Network fibre in Penrith, where the NBN rollout is ramping up.
  • NBN foundations now in place for Newcastle
    The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Grierson, today inspected an NBN-ready exchange in Newcastle, a key part of the rollout of the National Broadband Network in the area.
  • NBN Satellite Launch Contract Signed
    The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy today announced that NBN Co has signed a contract for the launch of two next-generation satellites to deliver high-speed broadband to Australians living in rural and remote areas.
  • Darwin: Less than 5 months to go before the switch to digital-only TV
    The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy today announced that there is less than five months to go until Darwin switches to digital-only free-to-air TV. On 30 July 2013 analog TV signals will be switched off across Darwin and free-to-air TV will be broadcast in digital-only.

Opposition Announcement

  • AIG Confirms Carbon Tax Damage to Australian Jobs
    The Australian Industry Group (AIG) has declared that the Carbon Tax is doing direct and immediate damage to Australia and is unsustainable.
  • Australian Manufacturing Cops Double Blow
    Australian manufacturing suffered a double blow today as news that the iconic food maker Rosella was set to shut down coincided with the release of data showing the sector has suffered its twelfth straight month of negative growth.
  • Gillard and Comber’s manufacturing recession continues
    Australian manufacturing remains in crisis under a government which is consumed by stunts and motherhood statements. The release of this morning’s Australian Industry Group Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) for February now points to 12 straight months of negative growth in the sector.
  • Victoria unveils new ‘search focused’ (Victoria)
    Victorian Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips launched a revamped website as one of the first deliverables of the new Victorian Government ICT Strategy, released last month.