And in Other News...New guide for digital citizen
A Digital Citizens Guide has been launched by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) with the theme, ‘Being positive about digital engagement rather than being a wary internet user’.
The Guide aims to facilitate confident online engagement by citizens through identifying three principles which reflect the required values, skills and knowledge.
They are: Engage positively, exercise your rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen; Know your online world, learn new skills and digital technologies; and Choose consciously, take charge of how you interact online.
The Guide and a short video are available at from this PS News link.
DHS Secretary honoured
Secretary of the Department of Human Services, Kathryn Campbell has been recognised by the Australian branch of one of the world’s largest professional accounting bodies, CPA Australia.
Ms Campbell was recognised for her ongoing support and commitment to the profession and presented with a Fellow CPA (FCPA) Certificate, the highest level of CPA membership.
Financial advice for farmers
An extra $5.9 million will be provided to boost support for farmers by funding 17 full-time additional rural financial counsellors.
The new counsellors will focus on regions and industries experiencing debt stress and where natural disasters have had a heavy impact on farm businesses.
The initiative is part of the Farm Finance Package and the extra funds will be provided over two years to fund five additional financial counsellors in Queensland, three in New South Wales, three in Victoria, two in Tasmania, one in South Australia and three in Western Australia.
ASIO headquarters opened
Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd has officially opened the new Canberra headquarters of the domestic spy agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).
The building will also house a new cybersecurity centre and has been named the Ben Chifley Building, after the former Prime Minister who set up ASIO in 1949.
Director-General of ASIO, David Irvine said staff would progressively move into the building over the coming months.
Andrew Olle lecture
The annual Andrew Olle Media Lecture will be held on 25 October this year and delivered by media personality, Lisa Wilkinson.
The lecture is held in honour of one of the ABC’s iconic broadcasters, Andrew Olle, and focuses on the role and future of the media.
It will be delivered at a black tie dinner at the Australian Technology Park, in Redfern, Sydney, with the evening hosted by 702 ABC Sydney Drive presenter, Richard Glover.
Earlier this weekCairns Institute opens
The new $25 million Cairns Institute at James Cook University (JCU) has been opened to allow it to start fostering collaboration between world-class researchers and academics.
The new building aims to improve Australia’s expertise in the tropics by providing scientists, researchers, academics and students with world class facilities.
Terrorist organisations relisted
Six terrorist organisations have been relisted as such under the Criminal Code.
The organisations are Abu Sayyaf Group, Al-Qa’ida, Al-Qa’ida in Iraq, Al-Qa’ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, Jamiat ul-Ansar and Jemaah Islamiyah.
More information regarding the listing of terrorist organisations is available from this PS News link.
Innovation move in NQ
North Queensland will be the next region to benefit from the Innovative Regions initiative.
Local businesses have now been given access to free and individually tailored expert advice through a dedicated innovative regions facilitator to help them grow and modernise their operations.
More information on Enterprise Connect’s Innovative Regions Centres is available from this PS News link.
Build your own capital
Budding designers are being given the opportunity to create their own capital using Lego and Duplo blocks at the National Capital Exhibition.
The permanent installation called Brick By Brick: Build Your Own Capital allows visitors to create a new National Capital or replicate iconic buildings in Canberra.
Construction sheets available include the National Library, High Court of Australia, Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and Australian War Memorial.
Additional construction sheets will be released over time.
Edition 400, 11 March 2014