Government and Regulation



Don’t force it: elusive solutions to Australia’s STEM problem

6:46PM | Thursday, 4 June 2015 | David Donaldson

While debate rages about how to improve STEM teaching and whether to make maths compulsory, a report argues Australia should resist the siren call of Asia’s rigid education systems — despite the high scores.

Government and Regulation

Tax reform needs to “open up greater access” to venture capital

6:56PM | Tuesday, 2 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

Any reforms to the Australian taxation system need to place entrepreneurship and innovation front and centre, according to the peak body for the venture capital industry.

 | Tax  | Government and Regulation

Jacqui Lambie embraces Sydney polling app to quiz voters about same-sex marriage

6:50PM | Tuesday, 2 June 2015 | Broede Carmody

Senator Jacqui Lambie has said she has “embraced the local tech scene” in order to understand the electorate’s views on a range of issues, including same-sex marriage.

 | Government and Regulation

Employee share scheme legislation jumps latest hurdle, hopes bill will pass Senate in next two weeks

5:43PM | Thursday, 28 May 2015 | Kye White

The federal government’s latest amendments to its employee share scheme legislation have cleared their first parliamentary hurdle, after being passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

 | Government and Regulation

GST and ride-sharing: why the ATO believes Uber must pay

5:58PM | Monday, 25 May 2015 | Kathrin Bain

Are Australian Uber drivers really taxi drivers? Uber says they aren't, but a recent ATO advisory says they are, and must therefore register for GST.

 | Government and Regulation

An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools

5:51PM | Thursday, 21 May 2015 | Leon Sterling

Bill Shorten’s recent announcement that a future Labor Government would “ensure that computer coding is taught in every primary and secondary school in Australia” is part of a growing world trend.

 | Government and Regulation

Significant Investor Visa misses the mark on VC and innovation

5:31PM | Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | Jo-Ann Suchard

The review of the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program was pitched by the government as an initiative to spur innovation in Australia.

 | Government and Regulation

Proper training and holistic approach needed if Labor’s STEM skills policy is to work

5:26PM | Monday, 18 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

Teachers will need to have the right training and coding skills will need to be spread across the curriculum if the Labor party’s STEM skills policy is to truly prepare Australia for the local economy’s pivot away from the resources sector.

 | Government and Regulation

Labor's plans for science, technology, maths education well-meaning but misguided

5:04PM | Monday, 18 May 2015 | Gavin Moodie and Misty Adoniou

A heavy focus of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s budget reply speech on Thursday night was preparing for the future with science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

 | Government and Regulation

‘We’re not small businesses’ – Australian startups react to the budget

5:22PM | Thursday, 14 May 2015 | Kye White

Entrepreneurs say the government needs to distinguish between small businesses and startups, which are typically high growth technology businesses.

 | Government and Regulation

Labor MP Ed Husic calls for government to speed up crowdsourced equity funding legislation

5:35PM | Thursday, 14 May 2015 | Kye White

Federal Labor MP Ed Husic has called on the federal government to bring forward its plans to introduce crowdsourced equity funding legislation in Australia.

 | Government and Regulation

Europe's Digital Single Market needs to foster tech startups and a global view

5:18PM | Monday, 11 May 2015 | David Glance

Europe has launched its strategy for a Digital Single Market throughout its member countries. The success of this strategy relies on the ability of European lawmakers and politicians removing barriers to digital trade.

 | Government and Regulation

Employee share schemes will only make the Australian ecosystem “marginally better” for startups

5:31PM | Thursday, 7 May 2015 | Broede Carmody

The employee share scheme changes put forth by the Abbott government will only make Australia “marginally better” for startups, according to a partner at Sydney-based venture capital firm OneVentures.

 | Government and Regulation

Why Australia must embrace innovation

5:51PM | Thursday, 7 May 2015 | Stefan Hajkowicz

An emerging new “megatrend” is that Australia’s scientists and researchers need to be more innovative, particularly if the country is to play a significant role in the world’s economy.

 | Innovation  | Government and Regulation

Good governance and active citizenship require open data

5:47PM | Monday, 4 May 2015 | Cobi Smith

Open data has a role in promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption and using new technologies to strengthen governance.

 | Government and Regulation

Girls gain confidence with IT when boys aren't around

4:52PM | Thursday, 23 April 2015 | Julie Fisher, Catherine Lang and Helen Forgasz

Aan exciting curriculum designed around girls’ interests taught in an all-girl environment can improve the confidence of girls’ with IT and change their perception of IT.

 | Government and Regulation

Why a national science strategy is good for Australia

4:29PM | Tuesday, 21 April 2015 | Tanya Monro

The Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane, has indicated he will consult with the science sector to agree on a number of research priorities that will help direct funding.

 | Government and Regulation

National innovation agency and relaxed visa rules among recommendations to develop startup ecosystem: StartupAus report

4:42PM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | Broede Carmody

Australia still lacks the required conditions for a successful startup ecosystem, according to a report released today by peak not-for-profit group StartupAus.

 | Government and Regulation

Australia needs to embrace startups or get left behind: 2015 Crossroads report

4:17PM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | Broede Carmody

Australia has been given a direct warning in the latest StartupAus report: embrace startups or be left behind by the rest of the world.

 | Management  | Government and Regulation

From convicts to pirates: Australia's dubious legacy of illegal downloading

4:01PM | Monday, 13 April 2015 | Marc C-Scott

The main reasons Australians give for pirating content are cost and availability. Yet despite the many years of discussion, it still continues.

 | Legal matters  | Government and Regulation