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10 NEWS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 24 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Millions of Australians were unable to complete their forms online on census night in 2016 due to cyber attacks known as distributed denial of service attacks that forced the ABS to shut down its census website for two days. Its estimated the debacle blew out the costs of the 2016 census by $30 million. Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert, the federal minister overseeing the census, told News Corp Australia he will be demanding regular updates from the ABS on all aspects of planning for the next national survey, including the implementation of recommendations from the Alistair MacGibbon review of the 2016 Spooks help with census AUSTRALIAS Bureau of Statistics will work with the nations top spooks to build a new online census from scratch for 2021 to avoid a repeat of the so-called census fail two years ago. The ABS, which has previously noted it stuffed up some things in the 2016 census rollout, will work with one of the nations lesser known intelligence agencies, the Australian Signals Directorate, and a private company to build the new secure, trusted and simple website for the next national survey in three years time. A tender document reveals the ABS is calling for a company with a high degree of expertise to build and run the website, which will use cloudhosting technology and be available on mobile phones or a desktop computer. It also shows the ABS expects the online platform to be the default and most convenient channel for the public to participate on census night, rather than paper-based forms. census. The Government expects the 2021 census will provide Australians with the ability to participate through a method of their choosing, including through accessible digital and paper-based options, and that the information provided will at all times be secure, he said. Mr Robert added that he expected the ABS to work with other agencies, including the Digital Transformation Agency and the ASD, to provide confidence that they are able to establish a secure and resilient digital solution. A spokesman for Mr Robert confirmed the ABS had consulted with the ASD for the 2016 census but said the bureau was actively collaborating with the intelligence agency much earlier in the design and development of the 2021 census. ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch noted in a speech in 2016 that the ABS stuffed up some things in the rollout of the 2016 census and that the agency intended to learn from the experience for the next national survey. CLAIRE BICKERS A secure and resilient digital solution S T U A R T R O B E R T Hot Tamale executive chef Martin Bouchier, with a Red Centre aguachile. Hot Tamale took out the small business category at the NT Training Awards Mature-age trainee reaps reward A FORMER police officer who began a mature-age apprenticeship so he could spend more time with his young family has been named Apprentice of the Year at the NT Training Awards on Saturday night. Nathan Powell, who studied electro-technology, said he and his family had made sacrifices to improve their work-life balance. Being recognised by my peers is a great feeling and that the hard work and sacrifices are certainly paying off, he said. Territory employers were also recognised for their commitment to providing opportunities for trainees, with Hot Tamale taking out the small business category and ICT provider NEC winning in the medium business category. Workforce Training Minister Selena Uibo congratulated all this years winners. The Territory Labor Governments No.1 priority is jobs and VET plays an important role in future proofing our workforce, she said. A number of winners from the night will now go on to represent the NT at the Australian Training Awards on November 15. CHELSEA HEANEY To enter, visit ntnews.com.au/competitions Competition commences 14/09/18 at 00:01am (AEST) and concludes 7/10/18 at 11:59pm (AEST). Winners will be drawn on 8/10/2018 at 10:00am (AEST). Total prize pool is valued at $59,700 (Inc. GST). For full competition terms and conditions visit ntnews.com.au/competitions. NSW permit No. LTPM/17/02038 Win an evening with JT WIN Don't want to miss out? Purchase tickets at majoreventscompany.com/shows We are excited to give TEN lucky readers the chance to WIN a meet and greet for two including a professional photo and a signed item of your choice while attending An Evening With Johnathan Thurston at the Convention Centre, Darwin on Sunday, 21 October 2018.
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