Australian Information Industry Association

  

Policy Update 16 April 2018

AIIA to Hold Roundtable Meeting with Members and the DTA on the Next Phase of the Trusted Digital Identity Framework

The AIIA held a meeting with members to discuss the 13 documents that form the Trusted Digital Identity Framework. Member comments and feedback from this meeting will be used for the Industry position on the TDIF meeting with the DTA on April 18th.

The Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) provides a standard for digital identity in Australia. It aims to make sure all users have a safe and secure way to connect with government services online.

Members, if you are not part of the upcoming meeting and would like to be involved, please contact Kim Hicks. Additionally, the Digital Identity SIG deals predominantly with the TDIF, if you are not a member and would like further information on the group, please contact Damien Lewis.

AIIA held a 2018 Strategy and Planning Session in Sydney Focusing on Strategic Direction of the Association

The AIIA Executive team held a strategy and planning session in Sydney looking at how the Association can provide members with a more streamlined approach to participation and ensure we continue to advocate and provide a united voice for the sector. AIIA’s five policy pillars which will guide our 2018 plan and strategy are:

  1. Skills
  2. Innovation
  3. Privacy and Security
  4. Government Digitisation
  5. Internet of Things

Members, if you would like further details on this session from a policy perspective, please reach out to Kim Hicks or Damien Lewis.

Queensland Labour Hire Licensing Scheme comes into effect April 16 2018 – here’s what you need to know

The AIIA submitted member feedback to Queensland Government on the Queensland Labour Hire Licensing Scheme which will come in to effect on April 16 2018. The scheme imposes on all labour hire companies, heavy reporting requirements, licencing fees, a fit for person test among others.

Consistent with our feedback the scheme now contains the exclusions for who a ‘worker’ is. Essentially, if the worker is earning the high income threshold according to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) ($142,000) or more, and is not covered by an award or other industrial instrument, they are excluded altogether. There are of course some caveats to this.

Also excluded as per AIIA’s feedback are most intra-group arrangements (one group company to another) and ‘in-house employees’ sent temporarily to work at a client, such as on secondment or for a consultancy engagement. The in-house employee must have ongoing work within the business that sends them, though, and not be hired merely to be sent outside to clients and such external work must not be their primary role.

Overall, the regulation clarifies the following unintended classes of workers:

  • workers who are undertaking genuine secondments
  • high income workers (who earn over $142,000 per annum and are not covered by an industrial instrument)
  • a director of a business who is the only worker being supplied
  • an employee who is engaged by an ‘employing entity’ within a single recognisable business and works only for and within that business
  • an ‘in-house employee’ who may be temporarily supplied to another person.

Members, if you would like further information on the feedback and consultations the AIIA were involved in you can read our response to QLD Government, here. Additionally, you can contact Kim Hicks or Damien Lewis for a further discussion.

AIIA will hold the Second Cyber Security Roundtable with Gai Brodtmann, Shadow Minister for Cyber Security and Defence in June to discuss the Oppositions Cyber Security Policy Agenda

Following the successful initial Roundtable with Members held in February, AIIA have worked with Gai’s office to convene a second Roundtable. The following items will act as the focus areas for the second meeting to be held in June:

  • Narrative – development of a relevant and resonating cyber narrative
  • Architecture – departmental / agency framework on effective management of ICT security
  • Measurement: practical measurements and KPIs to map performance against
  • Accountability: oversight, who is accountable and for what?
  • Information Sharing: increase information sharing between government and industry.

Members, we had excellent representation for this first meeting and we greatly appreciate those that made time to attend. We are in the process of working out the finer details of the agenda and will circulate this closer to the meeting in mid-June. If you would like to be included in the next round, please contact Kim Hicks or Damien Lewis and we will add you to the distribution list.

AIIA Asked to Provide Feedback for the Australian Public Service Commission on Design Learning Standards

AIIA have been engaged by the Australian Public Service Commission to provide feedback on learning and design standards.

Additionally, the AIIA has been invited to become a member of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) Foundation – SFIA has become the globally accepted common language for the skills and competencies required in the digital world. AIIA will provide guidance specific to digital transformation, and general ICT guidelines for common language.

Members, if you would like further information on either of these processes with the APSC or SFIA, please contact Kim Hicks.