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ACS Week in Review: 21 June 2013

Friday, 21 Jun 2013

The ACS is pleased that the NSW government has recognised the importance of ICT to the NSW economy in the state’s 2013 -14 budget.

The 2013 State iAwards winners in SA, ACT and Tasmania as well as the Western Australia Information and Telecommunications Awards winners were announced this week. The iAwards Gala Dinner will be held on 8 August 2013 in Melbourne. Visit for more information.

With budget, NSW government leads Australia on ICT: ACS
The New South Wales budget for the 2013-14 financial year shows a strong ICT focus compared to other states in Australia, according to the Australian Computer Society. The NSW government released the budget today. “ACS is pleased that the NSW government has recognised the importance of ICT to the NSW economy,” said Adam Redman, ACS head of policy and external affairs.

Little IT excitement in NSW budget
Technology vendors will find little excitement in the NSW 2012-13 budget, but plenty to keep them occupied on continuing projects. In total, the State Government will be spending around $500 million in ICT, spread over several departments and individual projects, but most of it had already been foreshadowed.

NSW investment in ICT, procurement reform critical: Deloitte
The New South Wales government showed a great understanding of how to harness ICT in the state’s 2013-14 budget, according to Deloitte partner Patrick Lane.

Stars align for WA ICT awards
Finalists and more than 400 guests gathered at the Hyatt in Perth on Friday to celebrate achievements in the ICT industry at the 2013 WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (WAiTTA), with Synergy CIO Alex Jones taking the gong as WA CIO of the Year.

Innovation in the lifeblood of ICT
“The rapid pace of change in the ICT industry will coagulate around seven themes over the next few years, Hills Holdings managing director” said Hills Holdings managing director at the South Australia State iAwards Presentation. The iAwards are presented by the ACS, AIIA and the Pearcey Foundation.

Startups praise review into employee share schemes
Startups are pleased by communications minister Stephen Conroy's announcement that the government would conduct a review the tax rules governing employee share schemes, but have suggested the government can do more to aid fledgling tech companies. “The ACS has been encouraging stronger links between academia and business through the ACS Professional Year and Work Integrated Learning programs,” Adam Redman, head, policy and external affairs at the ACS said.

Online shopping licence mooted for consumers
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is hosting the forum, and it says at least $93 million was lost to scams in the past year. "Many years ago the Australian Computer Society came up with the idea of an online driving licence for computer users. It didn't really take off. But there was going to be a base-level test where people apply online, and they fill in a form showing they had a certain awareness of the issues they might be facing and their general social responsibility for that." said Rob Forsyth from the IT security company Sophos. He believes the concept offers many benefits to consumers.