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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 400. Updated Tuesday, 11 March 2014

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Audit Office releases Privacy Policy

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has published its Privacy Policy which came into effect on 12 March 2014

Significant changes to Australia's privacy laws are now in place, requiring all Australian Government Agencies to be more transparent about how they handle personal information and to have a clearly expressed privacy policy.

The ANAO document can be viewed at this PS News link.

 

Bake a cake for ABC

The Friends of the ABC are running a campaign to raise funds, inspired by a child holding a cake stall to raise money for the public broadcaster.

Any funds raised from cake stalls will go to Friends of the ABC to continue its campaign activities.

Information on the campaign, Australians Baking Cakes for the ABC, is available at this PS News link.

 

Action for film producers

Screen Australia is to provide $380,000 to feature film producers via the second round of its Feature Enterprise program.

The three producers selected were Sophie Hyde of Closer Productions, Causeway Films Pty Ltd's Kristina Ceyton, and Red Lamp Pty Ltd's Sylvia Wilczynski.

The aim of the program, launched in 2012, is to recognise new feature film producers who have recently received substantial critical or financial success and provide a grant over two years to support them in the creation of their next Australian feature projects.

 

Airservices wins international award

A project that improves operational efficiency and safety for aviation and contributes to a reduction in carbon emissions and fuel costs for airlines has won a major international award.

Airservices Australia, along with Air Traffic and Navigation Services of South Africa and Airports Authority of India accepted the IHS Jane's Award in Madrid.

The award recognises the work done to establish one of the world's largest User Preferred Routes Zones (UPR). A UPR makes best use of prevailing winds, weather conditions and the latest technology to select a route, rather than the traditional method of flying predetermined aviation routes.

 

Earlier this week

Office sharing saves $84m

The Department of Veteran Affairs and the Australian Taxation Office have agreed to share offices in Canberra, saving about $84 million.

Under the new arrangement the Department of Veteran Affairs will move into the spare office space within the Australian Taxation Office's premises in Civic in June 2016, said Minister for Finance, Senator Mathias Cormann.

 

Services for sexual abuse survivors

The Department of Social Services is to spend $4.9 million on specialist support programs for survivors of child sexual abuse.

Eleven specialist organisations across Australia will use this funding to provide support for abuse survivors distressed by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The services will be specifically targeted towards people with disability, Indigenous Australians or those who suffered abuse in religious organisations.

 

Aid for Central African Republic

The Australian Government will provide $4 million in emergency assistance for communities affected by the ongoing violence and instability in the Central African Republic.

The funding will be used to provide critical humanitarian aid, including emergency medical, food, water and essential household items for people displaced by the conflict.

The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic is dire, with more than half of the country's population in need of assistance. Approximately 700,000 people are displaced internally and there are nearly 300,000 refugees in neighbouring countries.

The Australian Government continues to strongly advise Australians not to travel to the Central African Republic due to the dangerous security situation, activities of armed rebels and high levels of serious crime.

 

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