Open banking rules too tough, say start-ups

Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 15-Jan-20

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission is responsible for the accreditation of financial services providers under the federal government’s ‘open banking’ regime. However, Fintech Australia has criticised the complexity of the process, and notes that it is expected to cost financial technology companies between $50,000 and $100,000 to gain accreditation. Fintech Australia contends that this cost will be prohibitive for many business start-ups. The open banking regime will commence in July, after initially being slated to begin in February.

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FINTECH AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION

ASX creates the Aussie Nasdaq index

Original article by Paul Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 14 & 16 : 16-Dec-19

Stock exchange operator ASX Limited will launch the S&P All Technology Index in February. It will be based on the Nasdaq Composite Index, and will offer an alternative listing option for technology companies whose capitalisation is too small for the US index. The ASX’s Max Cunningham says the new index should raise the profile of smaller technology companies. The existing S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology index covers just 13 stocks.

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ASX LIMITED – ASX ASX, STANDARD AND POOR’S FINANCIAL SERVICES LLC, NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INDEX, WISETECH GLOBAL LIMITED – ASX WTC, APPEN LIMITED – ASX APX, XERO LIMITED – ASX XRO, COMPUTERSHARE LIMITED – ASX CPU, AFTERPAY TOUCH GROUP LIMITED – ASX APT, ALTIUM LIMITED – ASX ALU, LINK ADMINISTRATION HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX LNK, NITRO SOFTWARE LIMITED – ASX NTO, TYRO PAYMENTS LIMITED – ASX TYR, LATITUDE FINANCIAL GROUP LIMITED, RETAIL ZOO PTY LTD, PROPERTYGURU LIMITED

Tech experts opt out of My Health system

Original article by Bo Seo
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 31-Jan-19

Australians must choose whether to opt out of the federal government’s controversial My Health Record system by 31 January. Data security and privacy concerns have prompted a number of people in the technology sector to opt out of the system, including Freelancer CEO and founder Matt Barrie, who says the government has done an "abysmal job" of protecting Australians’ privacy. Cyber security expert Vijay Varadharajan has also chosen to opt out, although Cyber Security Research Centre CEO Rachael Falk has opted in.

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FREELANCER LIMITED – ASX FLN, CYBER SECURITY RESEARCH CENTRE, AIRTREE VENTURES PTY LTD, MICROSOFT CORPORATION, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

Big banks’ systems not ready for open banking: APRA

Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 2 : 25-Sep-18

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority chairman Wayne Byres has called on banks to spend more on their IT systems. He says a lack of expenditure on IT has left banks under-prepared for new open banking and credit reporting requirements, while consumer trust in banks will be eroded if their systems continue to suffer from outages. Byres also says it is hard to forecast what impact changes to technology will have on the banking sector.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, FINTECH AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

ASX predicts rise of technology titans

Original article by Yolanda Redrup
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 : 21-May-18

Latitude Financial and Colonial First State Global Asset Management are among the companies that could potentially list on the Australian sharemarket before the end of 2018. The bourse has traditionally been heavily weighted toward banking and resources stocks. However, ASX executive Max Cunningham says more technology companies could be added to the S&P/ASX 20 in the next decade, given that the sector continues to be the most popular among investors.

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LATITUDE FINANCIAL SERVICES LIMITED, COLONIAL FIRST STATE GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT, PROSPA PTY LTD, ASX LIMITED – ASX ASX, CSL LIMITED – ASX CSL, XERO LIMITED – ASX XRO, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, BIG UN LIMITED – ASX BIG, GETSWIFT LIMITED – ASX GSW

Facebook fallout hits technology stocks

Original article by Supratim Adhikari
The Australian – Page: 17 & 26 : 29-Mar-18

Investor sentiment toward Australian-listed technology companies turned bearish on 28 March, in the wake of a similar sell-down on Wall Street. WiseTech Global was among the hardest hit, shedding 4.6 per cent to close at $A10.11, while Altium, Appen and Xero all fell by at least two per cent. Julia Lee of Bell Direct stresses that Australian technology stocks do not use large volumes of data so they are not exposed to the same risks as US peers such as Facebook. She does note that many local tech stocks are overvalued.

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WISETECH GLOBAL LIMITED – ASX WTC, ALTIUM CAPITAL LIMITED, APPEN LIMITED – ASX APX, XERO LIMITED – ASX XRO, BELL DIRECT, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA LLC, NASDAQ, LINCOLN INDICATORS PTY LTD, GENTRACK GROUP LIMITED – ASX GTK, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX

BHP enters NBN debate as data demand soars

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 2-Nov-17

BHP Billiton is embracing technology such as automation and telematics, which in turn is increasing the amount of data and bandwidth it uses, says chief technology officer Diane Jurgens. She adds that BHP uses both its own data networks and the national broadband network. Jurgens advocates using fibre-to-the-premises for the NBN, arguing that doing so is an investment for the long-term, as demand for bandwidth is set to increase exponentially. Meanwhile, BHP plans to deploy driverless trains on its Pilbara iron ore rail network, a process that Jurgens says will take at least 12 months.

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BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Census meltdown to cost $30m

Original article by Rosie Lewis
The Australian – Page: 2 : 20-Oct-16

The shutdown of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ census website on 9 August 2016 will cost up to $A30 million. Chief statistician David Kalisch has told the Senate estimates committee that $A20m has already been spent. He expects the ABS to spend another $A10m. IBM stated in a submission to the committee that the website was ready to be reactivated within three hours but the actions of other organisations extended the delay to 40 hours.

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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, AUSTRALIAN SIGNALS DIRECTORATE, IBM AUSTRALIA LIMITED, NEXTGEN PTY LTD

IT failures force NDIS to miss care target

Original article by Laura Tingle
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 2-Sep-16

The rollout of the IT system at the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been plagued by technical problems that caused delays in the preparation of care plans. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), which runs the scheme, conceded that only 970 care plans were approved in the past two months, while the target was more than 20,000. Federal and state disability ministers will be briefed on the matter by the NDIA at a meeting on 2 September 2016.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, AUSTRALIA. NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE AGENCY

Fallout over meltdown tests Turnbull government

Original article by Laura Tingle
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 11-Aug-16

The causes and implications of the crash of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ census website on 9 August 2016 will be investigated by the Australian Signals Directorate. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has assured Australians that the crash did not compromise the security of census data. For Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, it was "the worst-run census in Australian history."

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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, AUSTRALIAN SIGNALS DIRECTORATE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, IBM AUSTRALIA LIMITED, REVOLUTION IT PTY LTD