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ACS Week in Review: 19 April 2013

Friday, 19 Apr 2013

This week the government announced a cap as of July 1, 2014, on individual tax deductions of $2000 for professional development to help fund the “Gonski” program.

The ACS supports the Professionals Australia view of professional development being at the core of what a profession is.

Next week, the ACS will support all 30 member organisations of Professions Australia, and the 350,000 professionals they represent, in strengthening the dialogue with government on this issue.

The government itself acknowledges the importance of the Digital Economy to Australia and how ICT professionalism will underpin Australia’s success in the future. The government has also acknowledged there is a skills shortage for ICT due to a long term decline in students studying ICT and barriers faced by older workers. ACS research shows that women and older workers face real barriers for professional development to allow them to re-enter the workforce for ICT and thus alleviate the national skills shortage.

The ACS believes the government needs to focus more on addressing these barriers rather than adding to them.

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Reports out this week

  • Business not ready for NBN- survey
    The National Broadband Network will present challenges as well as opportunities for business, and most are not prepared for the changes, a new survey says.

ACS in the news

  • End of an era for our technology whizz
    After almost 15 years, 747 columns, and about one million words worth of questions and answers, this will be the final Silicon Kid column. The author would like to thank organisations who have supported the column, including the ACT PC Users Group and the Australian Computer Society and ACT Government.

Articles of Interest

  • ICT lacking recognition says ACDICT
    The Australian Council of Deans of ICT (ACDICT) wants ICT given greater recognition as an integral part of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills, at the same time criticising government for excluding ICT from its recent funding allocation to improve teaching standards in maths and science in schools.
  • Telstra signs $1.1 billion Defence contract
    Telstra has won a $1.1 billion contract to supply telecommunications, network and mobile services to the Department of Defence. The six-and-a-half year contract represents the “largest customer undertaking” Telstra has ever taken on, Telstra CEO David Thodey said today.
  • Government cuts university funding to pay for Gonski
    The Government announces a $2.8 billion cut to the university sector to help pay for its school education reforms as recommended by the Gonski review.
  • Aussies spend 'less time' on social media
    The amount of time Australians spend on social media sites is declining, according to new research involving three million internet users.
    Interest in sites like Facebook and Twitter grew rapidly in Australia from 2010. But new data shows time spent on these sites via fixed-line internet connections fell in 2012, with average users now spending 14 minutes out of every hour online using social networks, compared to 16 minutes per hour in 2011.
  • Apple drops below $US400 after supplier warning
    Apple's shares fell below $US400 for the first time since December 2011 after a chip supplier's disappointing revenue forecast fanned fears about weakening demand for the iPhone and iPad.
  • NZ government to rewrite spying laws
    New Zealand will rewrite laws governing how the country's spy agencies can intercept telecommunications, after an internal inquiry found one department spied on 88 NZ residents.

Government and Opposition Announcements

  • Perth makes the switch to digital TV
    The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced that Perth has now officially switched over to digital-only free-to-air TV.
  • Coalition spreading broadband lies to regional Australia
    Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull are lying to regional Australians about who will get Labor's National Broadband Network, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy said.
  • Broadband in the Rest of the World – The Facts
    In 2012 the key technology proposed in the Coalition’s broadband policy gained seven times as many users worldwide as the more costly technology mandated by Labor’s National Broadband Network.

    At the end of 2012 there were 114 million users around the world receiving broadband over FTTx – a term that includes ‘fibre to the node’ and ‘fibre to the basement’*, two technologies that will serve 71 per cent of Australian premises under the Coalition’s plan for a more affordable NBN.
    The National Broadband Network will present challenges as well as opportunities for business, and most are not prepared for the changes, a new survey says.
  • Minister welcomes TAFE chair appointments
    Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall today set out the Victorian Coalition Government’s requirements for vocational training providers with a new statement of expectations.