Live Performance Australia slams Federal budget as a 'no show'

Live Performance Australia slams Federal budget as a 'no show'

Live Performance Australia slams Federal budget as a 'no show'

The Australian government has pledged AU$700,000 (US$521,000) to their Digital Transformation Agency to explore the application of blockchain within government services.

However, according to Australian Automobile Association (AAA), the funding for transport infrastructure has declined by nearly $2 billion over the forward estimates compared to last year's budget.

"The new system will leverage the existing IT platform of the Department of Human Services, which will also provide ongoing operational support", budget documents state. The budget allocation will be spread as 2.6 million AUD in 2018-19, 2 million AUD in 2019-20, 2 million AUD in 2020-21, and 2.1 million AUD in 2021-22.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had last week announced a review of the APS to look into whether Australia's government departments are "equipped to engage with the key policy, service delivery, and regulatory issues of the day" in the face of digitisation.

The technology projects could be developed for use in the community, aged care, health, and education sectors to improve dementia care, the government said.

The NPP was built by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) alongside The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the National Australia Bank (NAB), the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), and Westpac.

The government said it would provide $14.2 million over four years from 2018-19 to support the office, including $11.7 million for "new functions undertaken by the eSafety Office following the expansion of its role from promoting online safety for children to promoting online safety for all Australians".

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Funding of $10.1 million over three years will be provided to digitise important and now paper workflows at the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.

"The SBTP is designing and building the next generation of statistical business processes and infrastructure to develop new statistical products more rapidly, and to make data available in a form which can be more easily used", the government explained.

A further $707 million in funding from the Medical Research Future Fund will be provided to support the Frontier Health and Medical Research program, expanded clinical trials, Biomedtech programs and Industry Researcher Collaborations. These changes, which will come into effect on 1 July 2018, are estimated to have a gain to the budget of A$2.0 billion over the next four years.

Additionally, in November previous year the Australian government announced that it would be providing $8 million in grants for a blockchain energy pilot, that will power distributed energy and water systems.

The government also set its sights on boosting Australia's artificial intelligence and machine learning performance by pledging $29.9 million to this industry, with particular emphasis on the energy, mining and cybersecurity sectors.

A 12-year National Research Infrastructure Investment Plan will commit $1.9 billion to critical national research infrastructure, including $140 million for upgrades to the two most powerful computing facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.

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