And in Other News...Kicking goals for stats
A statistical learning program has been launched as a joint initiative between the National Rugby League (NRL) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
In an introductory video to ABS Footy Stats, Nathan Hindmarsh from the Parramatta Eels talks about the importance of statistical literacy and how statistics are used to enhance the performance of the game based on data collected.
With more than 107,000 boys aged between five and 14 taking part in rugby league, both the NRL and ABS consider footy stats is a good way of getting them interested in statistics generally.
The video can be seen at ABS Footy Stats
DFAT’s five-year ICT plan
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) plans to modernise its ICT systems and infrastructure.
Its five-year International Communications Network (ICN) Program will be aimed at updating links to business operations at more than 140 sites across the globe. It will allow DFAT to deliver a more secure, reliable and cost-effective global communications network.
Getting the safety picture
October is Safe Work Australia Month (safety month) with the theme Safety is a Frame of Mind. Get the Picture.
During the month 582 registered Safety Ambassadors will be holding activities across Australia to raise awareness of work health and safety.
More information about safety month can be found at http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au or by downloading the Safe Work App.
Screen Australia and the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) have named director Matthew Moore as the third recipient of the Director’s Attachment Scheme, an industry incentive program funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG for emerging feature film directors to develop their craft.
Moore will be attached to Robert Connolly on his upcoming feature film, Paper Planes, which begins production in Western Australia and Japan in October.
The ADG will again partner with Screen Australia in 2014 for three more feature film director’s attachments, and is in the planning stages for an attachment scheme for television drama.
Earlier this weekWIPO head nominated
Australia has nominated Francis Gurry for re-election as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
WIPO is the United Nations Agency responsible for overseeing global efforts on the use of intellectual property (including patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial designs) as a means of stimulating innovation, creativity and economic development.
Mr Gurry was first elected to the position in 2008 and is currently the most senior Australian in the United Nations system.
CSIRO Matrix review
CSIRO Staff Association members are being urged to complete an online survey on the organisation’s internal management system, also referred to as the Matrix.
The Matrix was introduced nearly a decade ago and is currently being reviewed by CSIRO.
The Staff Association said that the results of the survey would form the basis of the union's submission to the review.
Avoiding canine casualties
Special four-legged bulletproof vests are to be issued to Australian Federal Police dogs that might be involved in dangerous operations.
Dogs have for years been used by the police, customs, military and private security outfits as both a detection tool to sniff out explosives and drugs as well as a de facto weapon that can take a bite out of adversaries.
But an escalation in the use of firearms, especially pistols, has increased the risks of gunshot and ballistics wounds to dogs as well as officers on duty, especially when offenders are fleeing.
Reward for Mint
The Exporting Government Solutions category at the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards has gone to the Royal Australian Mint.
The Mint was recognised for delivering coin reform programs to help Pacific Island countries to increase the effectiveness of their coinage systems.
It achieved $12.9 million in export revenue in 2012-13, following from $14.9 million in 2011-13, making it the ACT’s largest exporter.
Biosecurity Officers from the Department of Agriculture have seized 270 mooncakes being brought into the country in the lead-up to the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.
The mainly Chinese festival involves the giving and sharing of mooncakes. However mooncakes coming into Australia that contain meat could carry unwanted pests and diseases into Australia.
The Department has been advising arrivals that there is a wide range of mooncakes available in Australia for purchase.
Edition 381, 1 October 2013 2013