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ACS Week In Review: 11 October 2013

Friday, 11 Oct 2013

As we move towards the end of the year ACS members may notice that there a calls for nomination to various elected positions within the society. The value of an organisation like the ACS exists within the membership, and the ACS is proud to call more than 22,000 Australians members. If you are an ACS member, and are interested in becoming an integral part of the society, contact your local branch for more information. Branch contact information is available on our website at

Did you know the ACS is active on Social Media? You can join the conversation and make your voice heard by visiting our social points of presence. You can also join our group on Linkedin by searching Australian Computer Society.

Australia Post in $71M Telstra Deal

Australia Post has signed a $71 million deal with Telstra which will see it receive new tracking technology and 26,000 handheld scanners to provide real-time tracking for customers.

The deal means Australia Post's national network of postman and couriers will each a scanner which will enable them to offer constant updates on parcel delivery status, as well as new features such as photographing a parcel to prove a delivery had been made when no-one was home.

Customers will now be able to track the progress of their parcel in the delivery chain in real-time via Australia Post's parcel tracking website.

Australia Post couriers will also now have the ability to provide live updates on delivery times to customers via the new Motorola scanners, which can also take photos of parcels left outside homes without occupants.

Few Australians have very high speed broadband

The latest internet activity figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show comparatively few subscribers enjoy download speeds in 24 megabit/s and faster.

While almost six million subscribers have download speeds from eight megabit/s to less than 24 and just under four million get 1.5Mbps to less than 8Mbps, just 1.7 million get over 24Mbps, the ABS notes in its survey of advertised download speeds among Internet providers with more than a thousand customers.

The number of subscribers with 24Mbps or faster downloads has gone up from just under 1.5 million in June last year, reaching over 1.6 million in December 2012. As of June this year, 14 per cent of ISP customers access the internet at such speeds, compared to just seven per cent in 2010.

ACPET calls for urgent action on international education

The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) has called on the Government to

extend Streamlined Visa Processing arrangements to the non-university sector as a matter of

urgency. ACPET CEO Claire Field made the call for swift action to progress this critical policy issue in

response to today’s announcement by Education Minister the Hon Christopher Pyne, that the

Government is seeking to expedite the extension of Streamlined Visa Processing arrangements to the sector.

“It is essential that the Government moves quickly to announce extended Streamlined Visa

Processing arrangements and to respond to the other recommendations of the Australia – Educating

Globally report as soon as possible, recognising that the key to the success of any policy or strategy lies in its implementation,” said Ms Field.

One in 10 Australians trust social media

FEWER than one in ten Australians trust social media companies to protect their personal information, but industry giants such as Facebook and Twitter continue to flourish regardless.

According to new results from the office of the Australian Information Commissioner's ongoing study of attitudes to privacy, Australians are less trusting of social media companies than they are of debt collectors and market researchers.

The study of 1000 people, released on Wednesday, found nearly half thought social media and other online services pose the greatest privacy risk, ahead of ID fraud and theft.

It found concerns about privacy in general have risen substantially in the last five years.

Three in five respondents said they had refused to deal with a business due to privacy concerns, up from two in five in 2007.