The New South Wales Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello has vowed to make the state the digital capital of the southern hemisphere in the next three years, releasing its inaugural artificial intelligence (AI) strategy to help achieve that goal. "AI stands for absolutely imperative for the new New South Wales. As we get out of this COVID period, we need to make sure we create a new New South Wales, which is technology-focused … AI is absolutely at the heart of this," he said. "When you think about what's happening around us, AI is already here. AI is in the drones as it protects us from sharks. AI is looking after us in the hospitals. AI is helping us on the roads as we try to avoid traffic. AI is already part of lives; we don't see it, but it is already here, and it is going to grow exponentially in the years ahead. "New South Wales is unashamed to be the digital capital of the southern hemisphere in the next three years.
Safer and more efficient services will be delivered for NSW residents using Artificial Intelligence (AI), with a new world-leading AI Assurance Framework to come into effect in March 2022. All agencies across the NSW Government can apply the Assurance Framework to ensure increasingly sophisticated AI systems are safe, effective and delivering on state outcomes, improving the lives of people in NSW and the resilience of communities and driving the economy. NSW Government's Chief Data Scientist Dr Ian Oppermann said the Framework would ensure Government services using AI were aligned to state outcomes, easy to access and use by customers as well as being personalised and secure. "AI creates a huge opportunity to improve Government services. We are already piloting the technology with eHealth NSW to help doctors to earlier identify sepsis in patients attending emergency departments," Dr Oppermann said.
The New South Wales government has announced the establishment of an advisory board that will provide strategic advice and support to the NSW Data Analytics Centre. The advisory board will be chaired by Tim Thurman, who is currently the CIO of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Joining Thurman is the state's chief scientist and engineer Mary O'Kane; Michael Pratt, who is the NSW customer service commissioner; professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, the University of Sydney's director of the Centre for Translational Data Science; Attila Brungs, vice chancellor and president of the University of Technology Sydney; and Kate Carruthers, deputy director for business analytics and data governance at the University of New South Wales. Paul Cousins, head of geospatial for Australia and New Zealand at search giant Google; startup incubator Fishburners general manager Murray Hurps; CEO of Stone and Chalk Alex Scandurra; and Ian Hill, the group head of innovation at Westpac, will also have a spot on the board. The advisory board will work closely with Dr Ian Oppermann, who has been CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre since late 2015.
A new committee has been set up by the New South Wales government to provide it with information, advice, assistance, and training on how to best deliver information and privacy management practices in government, as well as facilitate collaboration between government, industry, and academia. The Information and Privacy Advisory Committee will be responsible for advising the Information and Privacy Commission NSW, the Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello, and the Attorney-General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman. "The digital age presents many opportunities, but it is important that our policies and laws reflect its challenges," Dominello said. Appointed to chair the committee is NSW Information Commissioner Elizabeth Tydd. She will be joined by NSW Privacy Commissioner Samantha Gavel, NSW government chief data scientist Ian Oppermann, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare CEO Barry Sandison, Allens Hub technology, law, and innovation director and University of New South Wales (UNSW) faculty of law professor Lyria-Bennett Moses, Information Integrity Solutions founder Malcolm Crompton, NSW Department of Communities and Justice executive director of justice strategy and policy Paul McKnight, and Data Synergies principal and UNSW Business School practice professor Peter Leonard.
The New South Wales government has named the 11 individuals who will form the NSW Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee and play a role in how AI is used in the state. Appointed as the chair of the committee is NSW chief data scientist Dr Ian Opperman. He will be joined by Microsoft Australia national technology officer Lee Hickin; Services Australia chief data officer Maria Milosavljevic; Australian Human Rights Commission human rights commissioner Edward Santow; Women in Data Science Network Sydney ambassador and School of Illinois data and AI research fellow Theresa Anderson; University of Technology Sydney data science executive director Fang Chen; Innovations Accelerated chief legal and data ethics officer Aurelie Jacquet; Australian Computer Society AI and ethics technical committee chair Peter Leonard; Gradient Institute co-founder William (Bill) Simpson Young; Quantium Health and Government CEO Neil Soderlund; and Public Purpose principal Martin Stewart-Weeks. Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the committee would advise the state government on the use of AI for decision-making and service delivery, and what ethical AI policies should look like. "These experts have a wealth of experience that will help inform policy making and cement NSW's position as an AI leader," he said.