Item 1: Government Digital Service Delivery

AIIA made a submission to the Senate Inquiry on Digital Delivery of Government Services in September 2017.

The Senate handed down its Report on 27 June 2018. AIIA was quoted in the Report on the following topics:

  • the need for business processes re-engineering to get government services online;
  • highlighting issues with IRAP assessment,
  • advocating the need for bipartisan support on the government digital service agenda; and

The skills shortage in the areas of procurement, agile methods, cloud computing and data analytics in the APS.

Item 2: This week the AIIA provided feedback to the Government’s Copyright modernisation consultation.

There is an urgent need to enact flexible copyright legislation that will keep pace with rapid developments in technology as well as the expectations of consumers and creators. The AIIA strongly urged government to adopt a ‘fair use’ exception in place of the ‘fair dealing’ exceptions. This is notwithstanding the additional exceptions proposed. The key difference between ‘fair use’ and ‘fair dealing’ is that Australia’s ‘fair dealing’ laws set out defined categories of acceptable uses and is an exception to copyright infringement. Whereas ‘fair use’ is based on the US model and is much more flexible. Read more about this important issue here.

Item 3: This week the AIIA provided feedback on the DTA’s Software Licensing and Services Panel – RFI

The DTA is planning to expand the Software Licensing and Services Panel. Category 2, COTS Software which is anticipated to cater for a broad range of COTS Software and related services. The DTA sought information and feedback on the approach being proposed to establish the new category. Our submission highlighted our member’s concerns with the extra reporting requirements on Sellers and the need to protect the Seller’s IP in collaborations obligations being proposed under the Head Agreement.

Item 4: This week the AIIA made a submission to the Department of Environment on Product Stewardship Act 2011

The AIIA Environment SIG made a submission to the 2018 review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011. The SIG have been actively involved in the development of the Act and the NTCRS scheme. The paper and member feedback on this year’s consultation paper highlight areas of improvement to the Act. They include:

  1. Harmonisation with international standards
  2. Developing local recycling policy in response to changing global markets (National Sword)
  3. Closer collaboration between state and territories
  4. Better cost recovery mechanisms
  5. Expansion of the Act to include other product categories

The submission is available on our website under publications Contact Kishwar Rahman or Damien Lewisfor more information.

Item 5: DFAT and Senate Consultations on Digital Trade and Trade Systems

Both the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Senate are currently undertaking inquiries relating to Digital Trade. If you are interested in contributing to submissions to be made by the AIIA please contact Kishwar Rahman.

Item 6: Australia’s submission on Draft Chinese Cybersecurity Regulation – Request for Comment

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) are seeking feedback on draft Chinese regulations that, if implemented, will significantly affect Australian businesses operating in China. Comments will be used in an Australian submission to advocate the views of Australian firms to China authorities.

China’s Ministry of Public Security has released for public comment an update to its 2007 regulations on the Multi-Level Protection Scheme (MLPS). The MLPS is a network security classification system, which imposes significant IT-related security assessment, compliance and reporting obligations on foreign firms operating in China.

DFAT aim to encourage China to adopt international standards and internet governance practices that do not act as barriers to trade, competition or innovation. We seek to strike a balance between managing cyber risks and leveraging opportunities for business and economic growth. Submissions close on 13 July 2019.

If you are interested in providing feedback, please reach out to Damien Lewis for a copy of the draft regulation.

Item 7: The R&D exposure draft is now open for consultation

The exposure draft for the proposed legislation is available on the Treasury website here and submissions close on 26 July.

See our media releases on this important issue here and here. If you are interested in contributing to the submission to be made by the AIIA please contact Kishwar Rahman.

Item 8: The Digital Transformation Agency’s (DTA’s) Digital Panel Policy

The DTA is seeking comments on their Draft Digital Panel Policy. Submission close on 12 July 2018. If you are interested in contributing to the submission to be made by the AIIA please contact Kishwar Rahman.

Item 9: AIIA Policy Priority Fy18/19 Survey

On 3 of July we release the AIIA Policy Survey. Thank you for those who contacted us about the “bugs” which have now been fixed. Our apologies to members who tried to do the survey on Wednesday morning when the site was down while the “bugs” were being fixed.

We encourage you to take the survey as your feedback will shape the AIIA Policy and Advocacy Strategic Plan for FY18/19.

The results from the survey will be shared with our Board members, the Chairs of the Councils and Chairs of the SIGs.

The survey will now be open till 11:55 pm 17 July 2018. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed through this link.