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ICT excellence awards
   Nominations
are now open for a series of awards recognising and promoting excellence, innovation and professionalism in the use of Information and Communications Technology across all spheres of Government - Federal, State, Territory, and Local.
   The awards are: Excellence in eGovernment Awards; Government 2.0 Innovator; ICT Professional of the Year; ICT Young Professional of the Year.
   Nominations will be accepted online until 4 March at this PS News link.
  
Maritime heritage grants
   A total of 31 organisations
will share more than $150,000 in funding to help care for and promote Australia’s maritime heritage.
   The grants are made through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme to assist in the preservation, collection management and conservation of maritime history.
   Projects to receive support include the Dictionary of Sydney Trust to document the history of Sydney Harbour’s islands; Cairns Maritime Museum in Queensland to engage a maritime archaeologist to develop an online museum about ghost ships and lost treasure, and Narryna Heritage Museum in Tasmania for conservation work on a significant oil painting in its collection.
   A full list of recipients can be viewed at this PS News link.
  
Transplants increasing
   Last year, 1,222 organ transplants
from 391 deceased donors took place in Australia, figures released by the Australia and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry (ANZOD) and the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority show.
   Kidney transplants from deceased donors reached record levels, with a total of 645 Australians receiving one.
   Overall, there was a 10 per cent increase in the number of deceased organ donors in 2013.
  
Performance Management materials
   The Australian Public Service Performance Management learning program materials have been released by the PS Commission’s Strategic Centre for Leadership and Learning Development.
   The learning materials are available for download via the APSC Core and Management Skills Reference Group’s Govdex site.
   Materials available for download include: Implementation Guide, Learning Design Standard, Participant Manual, Handout Module 3.1, Example of Performance Agreement, On the Job Guide, Facilitator Guide, Pre-Program Preparation, PowerPoint slide set and Evaluation Forms.
  
Back to future for NDIS
   DisabilityCare
is to revert to its original title of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
   The rebranding will be at minimal cost to the taxpayer.
   Minister for Health, Peter Dutton said DisabilityCare was seen as patronising by many people with disability.
  
Mental Health review
   Terms of Reference
for the review of mental health services and programs have been announced.
   The review will identify gaps in service delivery, inefficiency, duplication and excessive red tape and will be conducted by the National Mental Health Commission.
   Detailed terms of reference are available at this PS News link.
  
Sea safety contracts
   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority
has entered into two new contracts that will help ensure safe shipping around the Australian coast and a swift response to any maritime environmental emergency in Far North Queensland's sea areas.
   The contracts will provide a Cairns-based emergency towage vessel for Far North Queensland and maintenance to the Authority’s national Aids to Navigation network.
   Both contracts, which have a 10-year span, have been awarded to Australian Maritime Systems Limited.

Earlier this weekINTERPOL honours Commissioner
  The INTERPOL
Fund for a Safer World Medal has been awarded to Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner, Tony Negus
(pictured) at the INTERPOL Global Security and Counter-Terrorism Convention in Sydney.
  In presenting Commissioner Negus with the award during the international crime-fighting authority’s inaugural Global Security and Counter-Terrorism Convention, Executive Director of Police Services for INTERPOL, Jean Michel Louboutin said it was fitting for the organisation to recognise contributions by select individuals and organisations providing substantial support to making the world a safer place.
  Commissioner Negus said it was a great honour to receive this award. “I do so on behalf of all the hardworking men and women of the AFP,” he said.

Indigenous Parliament
  Indigenous Australians
aged 16 to 25 are eligible to apply for the National Indigenous Youth Parliament.
  The Parliament is a week-long leadership program for young Indigenous Australians, to be held in Canberra in May.
  Applications must be made by 10 March and participants will be chosen based on their ideas and interest in Government and Parliament and their potential leadership skills.
  
Budget expert visiting
  A former Special Advisor
to United States President Barack Obama and current Executive Director of the State Budget Crisis Task Force, G. Edward DeSeve will visit Sydney this month.
  Mr DeSeve will share his insights on tackling Budget crises and implementing reforms with Local, State and Federal Public Servants at a Senior Executive Master-class run by the Institute of Public Administration Australia on 13 February 2014.
  Further information is available at this PS News link.
  
  
AIS sports new brand
  The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
has launched its new brand to align more closely with its new strategic direction focused on innovation and bold performance targets.

  Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair, John Wylie AM said the new brand positioning represented a generational shift for high performance sport in Australia ''as we set our sights on international success over the next decade''.
  "This new brand will be an important springboard for enhanced commercial partnerships and opportunities for the AIS, which in turn will benefit sports and athletes."
  ASC CEO, Simon Hollingsworth said research had showed that the current brand was not contemporary, and lacked relevance for key stakeholders, including potential sponsors and commercial partners.
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