• Government opens 6,800 new permanent migrant places for workers in the tech sector
  • archTIS awarded $430K contract to help Dept. of Health secure their data 
  • Hummgroup and Air NZ consciously uncouple from loyalty program plans


At the Jobs and Skills summit last week the Federal Government committed to opening 6,800 extra permanent migration places for workers in the tech sector.

Targeting skilled migration is all part of the plan to reach 1.2 million Aussies in tech jobs by 2030.

There’ll be some streamlined visa processing to help overcome backlogs – with Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Andrew Giles also announcing an additional $36.1 million to boost the number of visa processing staff by an additional 500 workers for the next nine months.

The permanent skilled migration rate for 2022/23 was set at 160,000 places, with the plan to up it for 2022/23 to 195,000.

“Based on projections, this could mean thousands more nurses settling in the country this year, thousands more engineers,” Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Cyber Security Clare O’Neil said.


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Software security player archTIS has nabbed an up to $430,000 award from the Australian Department of Health to advise on architectural changes toward the creation of a data-centric organisation.

Essentially, the Department is navigation three major transformational programs, including Generational Aged Care reform, Generational Therapeutic Goods (TGA) reform; and Modernisation of Medicine and Device subsidization – and archTIS will be advising on how to adopt new and emerging technologies whilst “maintaining effective technology governance practices.”

“We welcome the opportunity to assist the Department in its journey towards a secure data driven future,” chief solutions architect Tony Howell says.

“We continue to expand our footprint across key Australian government agencies who are facing similar data centric challenges with their sensitive and valuable information.” 



Late last year fintech company Hummgroup announced the 10-year strategic partnership with Air New Zealand’s loyalty program Airpoints, and the partnership has barely lasted nine months.

The companies announced today they’ve ended partnership discussions after a prolonged period of negotiation resulted in the two parties being unable to reach commercial terms.

Bit awkward. A portfolio of financial services products was meant to be launched – with the first one due this year.


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