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15 May 2017

The Federal Government will invest $10.7 million over four years to set up the Cyber Security Advisory Office (CSAO) to enhance the country’s digital defences.

“The CSAO will provide strengthened central governance and assurance for cyber security and broader project vulnerability across government,” Treasury says. “[It] will work with agencies to ensure they are appropriately managing the risks of cyber and other digital vulnerabilities on digital services.”

Treasurer Scott Morrison announced the allocation in the new federal budget.

JLT Australia CEO Leo Demer has welcomed the initiative.

“Continuing to strengthen Australian networks and systems, and inv...

15 May 2017

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has criticised the federal budget for falling desperately short in its commitment to disaster mitigation spending.

ICA and other groups had urged the Government to listen to Productivity Commission recommendations and set aside at least $200 million a year.

But, as reported in a Breaking News bulletin last week, the budget allocates just a fraction of that amount – $26.1 million – for disaster resilience.

The Government says this will be matched “dollar for dollar” by states and territories.

A further $7.9 million over four years will enable the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to monitor and re...

15 May 2017

More than 350 delegates, including visitors from the Netherlands, Singapore, the US and Vietnam, will attend tomorrow’s National Flood Conference organised by Floodplain Management Australia (FMA).

“Preparing for the next great flood” is the theme of the four-day event in Newcastle.

Organisers chose Newcastle because this year marks the 10th anniversary of the “Pasha Bulker storm” in the region, and 150 years since the great Hawkesbury-Nepean River flood.

“This conference will look at the lessons we have learned from past flood events, and explore how we can implement strategic actions to make our communities more informed, safer and resilient,” FMA Presi...

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