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Lessons from Centrelink: Seven steps to undoing anger caused by automation

“Around the world there have been debacles caused by automation. A Michigan government agency wrongly accused 20,000 people of fraudulently seeking unemployment benefits. Imagine the angry clients! Centrelink started the year badly. An upsurge of complaints about its over-zealous, frequently inaccurate robo-debt collection methods might hopefully spell an end of misplaced bureaucratic faith in automation … Read more

South Australian government announces new energy plan as Elon Musk and other clean tech innovators step up

“The South Australian government has announced a new energy plan to stabilise supply — by building a battery, going it alone, ditching reliance on the national energy market operator, and the return of state-owned power plants. Aiming to give the state greater local control of its energy security, the government will incentivising local exploration for more … Read more

Foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop launches Singapore landing pad for Aussie startups

“Foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop has officially launched the federal government’s landing pad for Australian startups in Singapore this week. Joined by Singapore’s minister for trade and industry S. Iswaran at one of Singapore’s largest startup spaces BASH (Building Amazing Startups Here), Bishop said the landing pad, which is currently home to four Australian ventures, … Read more

New research resource available for entrepreneurs!

We currently have a short trial of the ProQuest Entrepreneurship Database. This database bridges theory with practice, covering a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly – including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings – to a full toolkit of practical guides, templates, forms, sample … Read more

Victorian startup Clickability expands interstate with TripAdvisor-inspired platform for disability services

“Two Victorian social workers who are taking on a multibillion-dollar market have expended their TripAdvisor-inspired platform for disability services into New South Wales. Victorian startup Clickability, founded by Aviva Beecher Kelk and Jenna Moffat, serves two ends of the market: people living with a disability and service providers. After launching in Victoria in 2014, it … Read more

Federal government adds 2300 new places to New Enterprise Incentive Scheme to support young entrepreneurs

“The federal government has made an additional 2300 places available to new business owners under its New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS). In the 2016 budget the federal government pledged to invest more in the scheme and said at the time that an expanded NEIS program would come into effect from December 2016. The aim was to bring the total number of places … Read more

Tech leaders warn against crackdown on 457 visas: “We do not graduate enough skilled people”

“Prominent members of the Australian startup community say a potential tightening of arrangements for 457 visas would have serious ramifications for the country’s ability to keep up with the world. Highly skilled talent from overseas plays a crucial role in supporting and strengthening Australia’s local labour force, according to Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, while Shark Tank investor and … Read more

Are the “exciting and innovative” opportunities in startups lost on baby boomers in government?

“With the Rudds, Gillards, Abbotts and Turnbulls all struggling to lead, let alone connect, with the tribes of contemporary Australia, is it time the once-mighty baby boomer demographic admitted we don’t have the answers? And make way for our babies — the millennials — the approximately 5 million Australians, born in the last two decades … Read more