25 September 2023

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Cyber agencies join forces

The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) in the Attorney General’s Department is to become part of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) in the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), in July.

The move will bring together the Government’s cyber security Agencies, improving the overall service.

The ACSC’s remit is to drive cyber resilience across the whole of the economy, including critical infrastructure and systems of national interest, Federal, State and Local Governments, small and medium business, academia, the not-for-profit sector and the Australian community.

The ACSC will continue CERT’s work with industry to build resilience to malicious cyber activities through operational support, exercising, information-sharing and trusted advice.

Defence to face court

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has laid two charges against the Department of Defence for allegedly breaching federal work health and safety laws after two army recruits suffered electric shocks in a training exercise in Victoria

The charges follow an investigation by Comcare and relate to an incident that happened at the Puckapunyal training area in central Victoria on the night of 4 July 2016.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of $1.5 million.

A 20-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man suffered burns from the shock, and one also lost consciousness. They were airlifted to hospital in Melbourne and both made full recoveries.

Library books pay off

The authors and publishers of books lent out by public and educational libraries for free are to receive $22.3 million this year in payments from Lending Rights schemes.

17,200 payments are to be made to creators and publishers through the schemes this year.

The Lending Rights Online Portal was launched last year to make it easier for publishers and authors to submit and track their claims online.

Creators and publishers can register and submit title claims within five years from the year of publication and by 31 March each year to be eligible for payment.

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