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ACS Week in Review: 26 April 2013

Friday, 26 Apr 2013

Reports out this week

ACS in the news

  • ACS, AIIA oppose work-related self-education tax reform
    The Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) have indicated disapproval of Treasurer Wayne Swan’s move to limit tax deductibles for work-related self-education expenses to $2000.

  • Canberra must come clean open data
    In his latest column in The AustralianIT, Nick Tate, ACS President described that if countries as diverse as Britain, Bulgaria, Paraguay, Mongolia, Liberia and the US can agree on the principles of open data, it is difficult to understand what barriers might prevent Australia from joining the OGP. It is time that Australia joined this global initiative in open data and open government.

  • Westpac to take on more tech graduates
    Westpac has announced plans to expand its graduate intake, hire more women and recruit technology cadets directly from school, in a bid to build high-tech skills from the ground up.

    Figures from the Australian Computer Society last year showed the number of students graduating from ICT courses had sunk from 9093 in 2003 to an expected 4547 in 2012.

Articles of Interest

  • Aussie broadband speeds slowing: report
    Australia is going against the global trend of increasing average and peak broadband connection speeds, with content delivery network provider Akamai noting slowdowns for the country.

  • Google report: Tech start-ups ‘could add 540,000 jobs’
    Tech start-ups could add $109 billion to the Australian economy and create 540,000 new jobs by 2033, according to a new report from Google.

  • IT security firm names Sydney's 'LulzSec' hacker
    Matthew Flannery has been confirmed as the young hacker arrested yesterday on charges of infiltrating a government website.

    The 24 year old Point Clare resident is a support technician at IT security provider Content Security, which was contracted to provide support for global security firm Tenable Network Security.

Government and Opposition Announcements

  • NBN switched on in Gosford
    The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Member for Robertson, Deborah O’Neill, today officially switched on the first National Broadband Network fibre services in Gosford, New South Wales.

  • NSW first to sign up to national educational reforms
    The Australian and NSW Governments have reached an historic agreement which will benefit over 1.1 million students across the state.

    The Prime Minister and Premier of NSW signed the National Education Reform Agreement, kicking off the biggest change to school education in Australia for 40 years.