The Week in Brief - With AIIA CEO Suzanne Campbell
The Week in Brief with AIIA CEO Suzanne Campbell
25 October 2013
This week AIIA Chair Kee Wong and I met with representatives of Multimedia University (a wholly owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia) including Prof. Dato' Dr. Muhamad Rasat Muhamad, President, Zam Ariffin Ismail, Vice President, Support Business, TM Group, C. S. Tan, Associate Professor, Multimedia University, and Dr. Nico Meißner. In the meeting they provided a detailed overview of the university’s programs and focus on ensuring their students graduate with skills which will be required in the future including photonics, computer science, animation and design thinking. They also highlighted their very close collaboration with industry in course design, R&D and internships.

Photo: Prof. Dato' Dr. Muhamad Rasat Muhamad, President of Multimedia University, Zam Ariffin Ismail, VP Support Business, TM Group and C. S. Tan, Associate Professor, Multimedia University
457 Visas – We met this week with the Office of the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Control, Senator Michaelia Cash to discuss the status of the 457 Visa Labour Market Testing requirements that were passed by Parliament prior to the election.  We are advised that the Minister is fully aware of the difficulties the legislation poses for the ICT sector and we are confident of a favourable outcome within the next month.  If you would like further details please contact Suzanne Roche.

Health Innovations – as part of its work program the Health SIG would like to showcase health innovation case studies that demonstrate the role of ICT in improving the productivity and quality of healthcare. The aim is to provide links to these innovations from the AIIA website and to also compile a White Paper highlighting the role of ICT in health for broader consultation.  If you would like to contribute to this process please contact Suzanne Roche.
AIIA Website and CRM Replacement project – The AIIA is planning to replace its current system with a high functioning, integrated solution to manage our membership information, communication and engagement with members and stakeholders. Business Requirements are being finalised and a select tender procurement process will begin in November, with implementation from Q2 2014. Members with capabilities in this area are encouraged to contact Robyn Spencer to register their interest.

Victorian Telecommuting Inquiry – The Victorian Government is undertaking an Inquiry into the Opportunities for People to Use Telecommuting and E-Business to Work Remotely in Rural and Regional Victoria.  AIIA has negotiated an extension to 20 November to submit a response to the Inquiry.  We also have the opportunity to present to a Public Hearing scheduled for 28 October on the same issue.  If you would like to contribute to an AIIA response to the Inquiry, including comments relevant to the Public Hearing please provide your comments to Suzanne Roche by COB Monday 21 October.
Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) – this week a status update has been provided to the PCEHR Independent Advisory Council (IAC) confirming:
  • 3,500 new consumer registrations per day, with over 1 million people now registered
  • 5,582 healthcare provider organisations and 8,016 individual healthcare providers are now registered
  • 9,300 shared health summaries and over 2,000 discharge summaries are now recorded
  • 27,500 consumer entered health summaries, approximately 8,600 consumer entered notes and approximately 3,900 advance care directive custodian notices are now held
  • Extensive consultation and engagement with key stakeholder groups continues to progress on future priorities. There have been forums on Advance Care Directives, Pathology reports, Diagnostic Imaging reports and the transition of Northern Territory residents from their MyEhealth system to the PCEHR.  These components of the health system are the focus on any new functionality that may be introduced into the PCEHR system.
  • The Government has indicated that they will undertake a review of the PCEHR system. Further details on timing, scope and review team will be provided to IAC once finalised.

Smart21 Communities of 2014 - This year the Intelligent Community Forum Smart21 is comprised of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Prospect, South Australia, Sunshine Coast, Queensland and Whittlesea, Victoria, six communities from Canada, four from the United States, three from Taiwan and one each from Kenya, Greece, Brazil and New Zealand. The communities range in size from 15,000 people in Mitchell, USA to more than six million in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 15 of the communities are returning to the Smart21 list while Coffs Harbour, Montreal, Nairobi County, Parkland County, Sunshine Coast and Walla Walla are making a first time appearance. For more information see a video about the Smart21 for 2014 here.
Australia’s International Business Survey 2013 - Austrade, the Export Council of Australia (ECA), the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) and the University of Sydney are collaborating to form an Export Research committee to create and implement a Longitudinal Survey Panel (LSP) of current exporters. The objectives of the survey are, amongst other things; to capture data on exporting companies and to build greater industry and government awareness of the key impediments to trade through an increased level of engagement with exporters. The results will be shared with AIIA members. To participate in this 15 minute survey, click here.
Australian Value Creators Report 2013: Creating Value in a Lower Growth Economy - the recently released report from the Boston Consulting Group highlights how the Australian economy has emerged from recent crises with an air of cautious optimism. Yet despite the relatively favourable conditions here, including good growth and a falling cash rate, our equities continue to lag global leaders.
Australian Privacy Principle (APP) Guidelines (Draft) - AIIA’s response to the draft Australian Privacy Principle (APP) Guidelines can be accessed here. Contact Suzanne Roche for further details.
eGovernment - GovLoop eBooks, training materials and infographics while published in the USA are now available free of charge and can be sent to your inbox (one every 3 days or so) with select subjects including: 10 Steps To Improve Customer Service in 90 Days
Springboard Enterprises - is seeking women entrepreneurs with investment ready companies to participate in the Springboard: Australia 2014 Accelerator Program – more information here
Upcoming AIIA Events

AIIA NSW Media & Telco Convergence – Disruption and Future Business Models - Sydney - 30 October - This will be the launch event for the AIIA Media and Telco Special Interest Group. This group has been formed to bring together the converging Media and Telco industries to maximise the opportunity created by this transformation. This event will feature four industry leading panellists who will provide their views on how the convergence of Media and Telco industries will affect the Australian economy. Register here.

AIIA WA Productivity Series - Enhancing Productivity in the Public Sector - Perth - Wed, 30 October 2013 - Ajilon’s Strategic Lead (Public Sector), Paul Wilkins, will provide an overview of current contestability policy and suggest that having succeeded in its original intent of creating a mixed Public Economy, it is now acting as a ‘brake’ on further cost and productivity returns. Using a selected portfolio as a case study, a possible means to release this ‘brake’ will be proposed. Presentation will also be delivered from Deloitte Australia. Register now.

AIIA Annual General Meeting - Toowong, QLD - Fri 1 November 2013 - You will find relevant AGM documents and the dial-in details (for telephone attendance) via this link. Please note you will need to be logged into the AIIA website to access this page.

AIIA Queensland Luncheon - Panel discussion - Brisbane - Friday, 15 November 2013 - Panel discussion: The impact of mobility, the NBN cloud and other disruptive technologies on our business. Register here.

Upcoming Industry Events

ACS ICT Leaders Lunch - “Procurement and Purchasing” - Adelaide - 30 October -  Guest Speaker: Rick Seaman, Director ICT Strategic Sourcing, Office of the CIO, Govt of SA. Whether you are already providing service to government or hope to engage with government projects, this event is for you. This presentation examines practical case studies relating to project cost over-runs and disasters for senior public and private managers. This topical presentation explores the rationale behind the focus on probity and its meaning for strategic sourcing of ICT. It examines the impact of probity principles on the speed of sourcing of fast changing technology. Governance, controls and treatments will be discussed with reference to case studies. The role of audits and government appetite for risk will be discussed. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion following the presentation. AIIA members receive member prices – please use the following code when registering OCTLL2013 Register here

Telework Congress - Uni of Melbourne - 19 November - This year’s Telework Congress is focussed on the theme of management and leadership to support telework and will promote: The skills and capacities necessary to effectively utilise telework; The productivity benefits of effective “anywhere work”; The increased workforce participation that flexible working arrangements enable; The increased benefits to both employees and employers in effectively implementing telework; The positive contribution “anywhere work” can make to our cities and urban environments and the benefits of telework for regional and rural Australia. To secure your complimentary place and for further information please visit:

Year in Review Briefing - Canberra - 20 November – Intermedium will be holding its annual Year in Review Briefing in Canberra on 20 November. The focus will be on engaging with Government post election.  Further details can be accessed here.

Sustainable Future - Clean Technology - Adelaide - 21 November - This exciting event will highlight AIIA and AMTIL success stories in association with Australian Innovation. The Clean Technology series will present energy efficiency, energy generation and waste management solutions for SA manufacturing. Register here.

Creative Innovation 2013 Asia Pacific - Melbourne - 27 - 29 November - Race to the Future. E6 Environment. Energy. Economy. Education. Entrepreneurship. Ethical Leadership - Ci2013 will feature over 40 global leaders, innovators and thinkers and deliver world class creative ideas and pragmatic solutions. Join big and small business, entrepreneurs, educators, creative and government leaders, emerging talent and leading thinkers from around the World, Asia and Australia. Deep Conversations start at $100 and Master Classes at $195. AIIA community will receive a 10% discount off conference package tickets by using the code E6 upon bookings. Register here.

Transforming South Australia's Manufacturing Sector Workshop 2 - Adelaide - 12 February 2014 - Our manufacturers, including suppliers to the national automotive and defence industries, face significant challenges.  Now is the time to transform. Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade Tom Kenyon will open this fascinating and important workshop. Register here.

Kind regards,

Suzanne Campbell

Chief Executive Officer

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