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ACS Week in Review: 7 June 2013

Friday, 07 Jun 2013

The ACS Queensland will commence “Inspiring Your Next Career” program on Tue 11 June 2013. The program will enable ICT professionals who have recently been retrenched or taken Voluntary Redundancies make informed decisions about their career choices. The program will run over 5 weeks and is free to ACS members. For more information visit www.acs.org.au/branches/queensland/inspiring-your-next-career

The 2013 Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (WAiTTA) winners will be announced on Fri 14 June 2013. 

  • New data show jump in skilled workers
    Data released recently showed the number of overseas workers coming to Australia on 457 visas has jumped more than 20 per cent over the past year. Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O'Connor said the significant growth in the program highlighted the need for further reform. There are now 108 810 457 visa holders - a 20.4 per cent growth in the 12 months to April 30. This is at a time when employment growth remains soft in some industries and regions,' Mr O'Connor said.
  • Applications open for digital economy programs
    The Gillard Government opened applications for $10.4 million of funding to assist local governments and small businesses get online and take advantage of the National Broadband Network.
  • Internet grows to 2.4 billion connected people: report
    The internet continues to grow and becoming increasingly mobile, the latest Internet Trends report by analysts Mary Meeker and Liang Wu of venture fund firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers has found.Australians however are not as inclined to share everything or even most things online, according to sources cited in the 2013 Internet Trend report: the world average is just below a quarter of people falling into that category, but only around 17 per cent of Aussies were compulsive content sharers.
  • Online shopping reaches mainstream status
    Online buying in Australia has reached a tipping point, according to research by Roy Morgan. Around $24.3 billion was spent online by Australians aged over 14 years in the 12 months to March 2013, according to Roy Mogan’s State of the Nation report. This was an 11.9 per cent increase on the year earlier.
  • NSW Business link to be dissolved
    The O'Farrell government will pull the plug on one of its shared services arms, Businesslink, which could cost up to 800 jobs. Businesslink provides shared services such as IT and finance to a variety of state departments.
  • Kinect for home monitoring and tablet for Parkinson's
    Two Edith Cowan University student projects have been nominated as finalists in the 2013 WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (WaiTTA), one for the development of an app for people with Parkinson's disease and the other for using Kinect for Xbox for in-home monitoring. The WaiTTA awards, to be announced next week, will see the winners go on to represent WA in the national iAwards, organised by the ACS and the AIIA.