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    The Mandarin Jobwatch: last chance to be Qld’s council go-between

    The Mandarin's Jobwatch is back. If you'd like to be a deputy departmental head in Queensland responsible for local government, that ship is set to sail this Friday. On the other side of that coin, Brisbane City needs a new CIO, and it's a big city. Victoria needs a new surveyor-general, and Sydney's new police watchdog needs a chief.[...]

    ACCC recognised for competition advocacy when governments privatise

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s advocacy efforts have been recognised by the World Bank and International Competition Network for its role in elevating competition policy to the national economic agenda.

    The ACCC will be awarded the ICN’s top prize in in Portugal this May for the regulator’s efforts to include pro-competition measures in governments’ privatisation of ports in Melbourne, Darwin and Port Hedland — “even in the absence of a formal mandate.” […]


    NSW announces whole-of-government cyber security czar

    The New South Wales government today announced the appointment of Dr Maria Milosavljevic as the new Government Chief Information Security Officer (GCISO).

    According to a statement from Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello, Milosavljevic will work across the NSW government and consult with industry leaders and research groups, as well as Commonwealth, state and overseas governments to ensure a collaborative approach to cyber security.

    The new cyber czar will develop a set of standards with agencies, streamlining the cyber security approach across government. […]


    Defence to offer motorbike safety training to manage capability risk

    The Department of Defence is keen to invest in motorbike safety lessons for uniformed personnel and public servants, because it recognises that dangerous lifestyle choices outside of work are a risk to organisational capability that can be managed fairly easily and cheaply.

    The reasoning makes sense and also suggests very big organisations might find a whole world of new risks to manage if they go looking at other popular yet dangerous activities — rock fishing, perhaps — that their employees indulge in on their own time. […]


    Value capture framework to boost major project impact

    All new major projects and precinct developments in Victoria will require a plan for value capture or creation, in what the state government is calling an Australian first to provide a consistent approach to increasing public return on government investment.

    The government’s new Value Creation and Capture Framework, released earlier this week, outlines options for recouping costs and boosting economic opportunities for major developments. […]


    ASIC probes Centrelink corporate welfare bludger

    Targeting and financial exploitation of welfare recipients through the Department of Human Services’ Centrepay automatic deductions facility is again under the regulatory spotlight after the Australian Securities and Investments Commission confirmed it is again investigating key ‘consumer leasing’ player, Radio Rentals.


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