The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-19T21:00:22Z NEC Australia and Aruba link up to assist prisoner reform with the most advanced inmate digital services platform ever seen in Australia 2021-04-19T21:00:22Z nec-australia-and-aruba-link-up-to-assist-prisoner-reform-with-the-most-advanced-inmate-digital-services-platform-ever-seen-in-australia 20 April 2021 - NEC Australia and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), have partnered to install and deliver the most advanced digital services platform for Australia’s newest and largest prison, Clarence Correctional Centre, using technology to maximise security and facilitate inmate rehabilitation. The newly implemented technologies and network management system effectively monitors inmate activity and safety through a comprehensive surveillance and network outfitting, to help correctional managers run safer institutions. NEC Australia has worked hand-in-hand with Aruba, Serco, and Clarence Correctional Centre, on the implementation of ICT Systems and managed services including telephony, voice and video gateways, end-point devices, operator services and Inmate Digital Services (IDS) which will allow Serco to rapidly deploy third party applications, programs and digital content. “We are proud to develop and implement the most advanced digital services platform for Clarence Correctional Centre, keeping security guards, staff and inmates safe,” said Milan Djuricic, Vice President, Managed Services, NEC Australia. In partnership with Aruba, this new digital services platform combines with Aruba Central, allowing the facility to monitor security, and manage WLAN, SD-WAN, and LAN services on-premise. As part of the digital services platform, inmates who practice acceptable social behaviours will also be granted access to self-service technology, such as secure networks, managed family communication and internal facility-based, cashless banking resources, to support their rehabilitation and prepare for release back into the community. “We believe technology can play an important role to play in enabling society and the implementation of this new digital platform is designed to do just that,” said Djuricic. “As a global company which has built a reputation for world-leading advances in communications technology and through collaboration with the likes of Aruba, we are proud of what we have delivered at the Clarence Correctional Centre. “We have a desire to equip offenders for a seamless and positive re-entry into society upon their release. It is a win-win situation for everyone,” Djuricic said. “Working with our key partners, we are proud to have delivered a solution that delivers state-of-the-art technology, connectivity and security at the facility. In today’s data-driven age, security and centralised visibility is critical to a strong network. With NEC Australia, we are driving innovation and providing staff with the digital tools needed to identify and resolve problems before they occur”, said Pat Devlin, Director, Aruba South Pacific. Clarence Correctional Centre, situated 12 kilometres south of Grafton in Northern NSW, is a 1,700-bed men’s and women’s facility employing more than 600 staff - The Centre opened in June 2020. The Clarence Correctional Centre was designed, built and operated by a Public Private Partnership (PPP), with the Northern Pathways consortium comprising of Serco, John Laing, John Holland Group and Macquarie Capital, on behalf of the NSW Government. ENDS About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is the global leader in secure, intelligent edge-to-cloud networking solutions that use AI to automate the network, while harnessing data to drive powerful business outcomes. With Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) and as-a-service options, Aruba takes a cloud-native approach to helping customers meet their connectivity, security, and financial requirements across campus, branch, data center, and remote worker environments, covering all aspects of wired, wireless LAN, and wide area networking (WAN). To learn more, visit Aruba at For real-time news updates, follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products, visit the Airheads Community at Media Contact: Matt Overington Head of Corporate Communications, NEC ANZ 0401 207 074 Liam Price / Maddie Kempthorne DEC PR on behalf of Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company 0419549880 / 0415353424 New Advancements to Aruba ESP Deliver Edge-to-Cloud Security to Enterprises 2021-04-13T21:00:00Z new-advancements-to-aruba-esp-deliver-edge-to-cloud-security-to-enterprises April 13, 2021 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced an expansive set of cross-portfolio edge-to-cloud security integrations for Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform). The new advancements include the integration of the ClearPass Policy Manager secure network access control platform with the Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform, formerly Silver Peak, the integration of Aruba Threat Defense with the EdgeConnect platform, and the expansion of the Aruba ESP multivendor security partner ecosystem, providing enterprise customers with the freedom to deploy best-of-breed, cloud-delivered secure access service edge (SASE) security components of their choice. Today’s Aruba ESP advancements will enable enterprises to fast-track their digital transformation journey from edge-to-cloud. As organisations contend with challenges resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a new “work from anywhere” normal, the adoption of cloud-hosted services will continue to accelerate. This shift is intensifying the urgency to transform conventional data centre and MPLS-centric and VPN-based networks to a cloud-native SASE architecture that features more dynamic provisioning of secure network services while protecting data from end-to-end. In parallel, digital transformation is causing a significant increase of IoT devices connecting to the network, presenting new challenges that are not addressed with cloud-delivered security alone. Since IoT devices are agentless, IT departments cannot install security clients or redirect device traffic to cloud security services; therefore, Zero Trust security must be applied at the WAN edge. To realise the full potential of the cloud and digital transformation, organisations require a new WAN edge that combines on premises and cloud-delivered security, delivering on the promise of SASE to protect users connecting to SaaS and public cloud platforms, and to safeguard IoT devices that require Zero Trust identity-based security. Through the new Aruba ESP integrations being announced today, enterprise customers now have the ability to apply granular-level, identity-based security policy from edge-to-cloud to safely connect and protect both users and devices. A recent report from communications research firm 650 Group highlights the growing emphasis on SASE while explaining the need for enterprises to re-examine their security approach in light of the current technology evolution. Chris DePuy, founding technology analyst at 650 Group states, “As enterprises shift toward Zero Trust and SASE architectures, they are increasingly evaluating and deploying multi-vendor cloud-delivered security services, and it’s not necessary for all the SASE components to come from a single vendor. Aruba’s approach strikes a balance between delivering on-premises security functionality at the WAN edge and providing customers with the freedom of choice to integrate leading cloud-delivered security services from partners like Zscaler, Netskope, and Check Point. This multi-vendor partnering strategy provides enterprises with the flexibility to continue working with existing vendors or shift toward ‘best-of-breed’ systems.” ClearPass Policy Manager Integration with Aruba EdgeConnect The integration of ClearPass Policy Manager with the Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform augments application intelligence by adding identity knowledge of users, IoT devices, roles, and security posture to form the basis of a SASE WAN edge. Combining role and security posture intelligence with advanced dynamic segmentation capabilities eliminates the complexity associated with implementing hundreds of VLANs for each class of user and device, dramatically simplifying network administration and management. Integrating ClearPass Policy Manager with EdgeConnect provides a consistent and automated definition of roles that can be enforced network-wide from the user’s device, through the LAN, and across the WAN. Aruba Threat Defense Integration with Aruba EdgeConnect The integration of Aruba Threat Defense with the Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform extends advanced intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS) capabilities to EdgeConnect physical and virtual appliances. This allows the EdgeConnect platform to leverage the Aruba threat infrastructure, sharing critical threat information between Aruba Central and EdgeConnect to deliver full visibility across the network. These advanced unified threat management (UTM) capabilities enable enterprises to deliver east-west lateral security as well as secure local internet breakout from branch locations and can be deployed centrally on premises or in the cloud. By leveraging a common threat infrastructure and threat feeds across Aruba ESP, network and security managers can centrally apply and enforce threat management policies enterprise-wide. Freedom of Choice through a Multivendor Partner Ecosystem As enterprises shift toward a Zero Trust and SASE architecture, they are increasingly evaluating and deploying multivendor cloud-delivered security services. A new Ponemon Institute security best practices survey affirms this, revealing that over 70 per cent of respondents would opt for a best-of-breed, cloud-delivered security solution over an all-in-one approach,[1] in order to architect a comprehensive Zero Trust and SASE infrastructure. With a new Service Orchestration provisioning workflow, the Aruba Orchestrator management console, formerly Silver Peak Unity Orchestrator, now includes pre-configured default information regarding the cloud security partner’s proximity-based cloud security services. Network administrators can quickly and easily associate Aruba branch locations with the partner’s points of presence (POPs) and cloud-data centers. Leading security vendors such as Check Point, Forcepoint, McAfee, Netskope, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec and Zscaler are currently a part of Aruba’s extensive technology alliance partner ecosystem. “The integration of ClearPass Policy Manager and Aruba Threat Defense with the EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform delivers a common identity-based policy framework across the Aruba secure edge portfolio,” said David Hughes, founder of Silver Peak and senior vice president of the WAN business at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. “This powerful combination will enable customers to move at their own pace, from legacy data center-centric network architectures, with perimeter-based security, to a cloud-centric WAN with security based on the principles of Zero Trust and SASE. Enterprise customers can deploy our on-premises EdgeConnect WAN edge platform to enforce policy from the edge, and easily integrate with leading cloud-delivered security services from the vendor of their choice, all centrally controlled within Aruba Orchestrator.” Comprehensive Secure WAN Edge Portfolio Spans Hybrid Work Locations The Aruba ESP platform offers customers the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of secure wired, wireless and WAN edge solutions that enable customers to adapt to today’s new normal and tomorrow’s unknowns. The WAN Edge portfolio includes: Virtual Intranet Access Client (VIA) – maximum mobility for work-from-anywhere users whether connecting to private or public networks Remote Access Points (RAPs) – minimal footprint for mobile, remote and temporary workspaces, delivering secure connectivity to the corporate enterprise network SD-Branch – maximum integration and simple unified management across WLAN, LAN and SD-WAN with Zero Trust security EdgeConnect – optimal QoE (Quality of Experience) from edge-to-cloud with an advanced SD-WAN edge platform and unified SASE components For more details on these new integrations and what they mean for enterprises, tune into Atmosphere ’21 – Journey to the Edge, April 14-15. Additional resources: Blog: Ponemon Survey Results Highlight Security Best Practices About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is the global leader in secure, intelligent edge-to-cloud networking solutions that use AI to automate the network, while harnessing data to drive powerful business outcomes. With Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) and as-a-service options, Aruba takes a cloud-native approach to helping customers meet their connectivity, security, and financial requirements across campus, branch, data center, and remote worker environments, covering all aspects of wired, wireless LAN, and wide area networking (WAN). To learn more, visit Aruba at For real-time news updates, follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products, visit the Airheads Community at Media Contacts: DEC PR, on behalf of Aruba A/NZ Liam Price, Maddie Kempthorne and/or Jennifer Blacker [1] [1] Ponemon Institute, The State of SD-WAN, SASE and Zero Trust Security Architectures, April 2021 ACS Distance Education Releases A New Course – Artificial Intelligence 2021-04-06T04:23:53Z acs-distance-education-releases-a-new-course-artificial-intelligence ACS Distance Education Releases A New Course – Artificial Intelligence We have just released a new Artificial Intelligence course that can be useful for anybody making strategic business decisions. Artificial neural networks are the building blocks of AI. The course investigates and compares human neural network with artificial neural networks. The human brain is trained to solve problems by attempting them. Similarly, AI makes use of deep learning and machine learning, while trying to resolve an issue logically in its own programming language. Learn how AI is used by businesses in marketing and customer relations. For example, AI can observe a customer’s online shopping patterns and make recommendations. The company can target market their products. Customers receive specific information and can choose the best option. AI can also be seen in industries such as horticulture and agriculture (e.g. for precision pest control), transport and logistics industry (e.g. implementing self-driven vehicles), healthcare sector (e.g. customising patient's treatment delivery). Education, leisure, environment are some other industry sectors that make use of AI. The applications for artificial intelligence are immense from agriculture, horticulture, business, automating manufacturing processes and more. During this 100 hour course you will be guided through understanding what Artificial Intelligence is and how it can be used in a business setting. Start now, learn for the future. For more information on this course, please visit our website:   DDLS launches advisory consultancy DDLS People 2021-03-30T04:00:06Z ddls-launches-advisory-consultancy-ddls-people DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training, has expanded its business operations with the launch of its new advisory consultancy brand, DDLS People.The new business unit builds off DDLS’ 20-year history of delivering complex logistics and supply chain projects, as well as learning and development activities to the Australian government, primarily the Department of Defence.DDLS People will continue to provide these services to the Department of Defence, while increasing and improving its offering to include strategic advisory and project management services. The new investment is aimed at expanding the company’s reach into the greater public sector, as well as private enterprises.Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS commented, “This is an exciting step for DDLS as we continue to expand our reach into strategic advisory services. The launch of DDLS People is our commitment to innovate the way we service our clients with skilled consultancy. DDLS People has a long and established history working with the Department of Defence and a range of Government organisations and corporations to deliver successful programs and outcomes.”DDLS People provides services to some of the largest agencies within the Department of Defence and has a solid track record of delivering results with commitment and passion over two decades. Since its inception, DDLS People has delivered over 200 Defence projects and upwards of 1,000 logistics systems training courses per year, to organisations such as the Navy, Army and Air Force.“We help organisations test and implement a range of project and program management methodologies depending on their businesses requirements. These methodologies drive a path towards workflow optimisation to improve business productivity and profitability, while ensuring compliance. We also develop large-scale customised training programs for organisations and deliver these via flexible modalities including face-to-face classroom learning and more recently a virtual classroom model to facilitate remote learning,” added Karen Smith, DDLS People Account Director.DDLS People has expertise across four key competencies:Learning & DevelopmentThe delivery of custom end-to-end learning and development outcomes for organisations, which are aligned to overall business strategies and delivered via traditional face-to-face, blended classroom learning, virtual classrooms, e-learning or remote learning.Logistics & Supply ChainAdvisory services across the full suite of supply chain strategy, management, planning, analysis, performance, optimisation, assurance, and reporting. DDLS People collaboratively creates the most effective and efficient solution for any aspect of an Integrated Logistics Support or supply chain project.Portfolio, Program & Project ManagementDDLS People delivers multi-year, multi-million-dollar business and technology initiatives. The team comprises a mix of qualified program directors, project and change managers, project controllers including schedulers, risk managers, assurance, and cost estimation experts, as well as program and project administrative support personnel.Strategic & Management ConsultingManagement experts bring considerable industry knowledge to objectively assess high-level business challenges, utilising a range of methodologies including desktop reviews, facilitated workshops, business process mapping, co-designed solution options, SWOT, ‘what if’ and scenario analysis, benchmarking, and balanced scorecards.The DDLS Portfolio of business units now consists of DDLS Training, The Australian Institute of ICT and DDLS People, with eight offices across Australia and Asia.For more information on DDLS People, visit END -About DDLSDDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training and Australia’s number one cybersecurity training provider. We partner with world-class companies to help organisations and individuals remain up to date with new processes, technology, and platforms to reduce risk and enable efficient business practices. DDLS promotes a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of Technology, Process and People. We provide extensive training options tailored to your organisation’s needs – from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses.About DDLS PeopleDDLS People has been providing strategic and advisory services in learning and development, logistics and program and project management for 20 years. We are a specialist team of experienced professionals who help analyse and understand your business challenges, and work with you to create and implement solutions. The business has a long and successful history with the Department of Defence, and we have broadened our client base to include a range of Government organisations and corporations. Tech Device Offers Entertainment Without the Screen Dramas: G-mee Play delivers balanced road trip entertainment these holidays 2021-03-29T21:31:51Z tech-device-offers-entertainment-without-the-screen-dramas-g-mee-play-delivers-balanced-road-trip-entertainment-these-holidays 55% of Australians are planning a road trip this year and with the Easter school holidays beginning soon, experts in child focussed technology and behaviour are warning parents of the dangers of screen time during travel and suggesting a change in the device they offer their kids. Aussie developed G-mee Play is one device that allows kids of today to enjoy the portable entertainment experiences their parents once enjoyed, without the dangers of excess screen time. Meet two Aussie dads working together and using their expertise to help families find the balance for meaningful screen time, just in time for the holidays. Brad Marshall is The Unplugged Psychologist who says that COVID-19 has changed the relationship that young children (4-14 years) have with technology. He also says that school holidays can be one of the most difficult times to manage screen use in a family, especially when there are long stretches of travel or a road trip involved. “In my experience parents set out with an ideal plan in their head around limiting kids screen use so they can reconnect with each other, but when the stress of travel hits, that all flies out the window,” Mr Marshall explains. “I’m sure there are plenty of parents who thought they would just use the tablet or phone for small bursts in the car, and before you know it it’s a screaming match in the hotel foyer or restaurant as your kids are glued to the screen.” “The G-mee Play allows kids to downtime through music or audio books without the visual rabbit hole that can detract from the human experiences of the quintessential Aussie family holiday,” Mr Marshall commented. Charlie Brown is the tech expert and father behind the Aussie innovation, G-mee Play – a smart device that was created with young users – and their parents - in mind. For families with young digital users (5-14 years), G-mee Play encourages auditory forms of entertainment so that young eyes can see more of the world around them to enjoy a more balanced relationship with technology on the road and in life. “Parents all remember their portable cassette and CD players, and how they were entertained on family trips. G-mee Play offers kids these entertainment experiences but delivers them via apps that are approved by their parents, like streaming music, podcasts, audio books and mindfulness exercises” said Mr Brown. “There’s so much to see on a road trip, and the G-mee Play encourages kids to use their ears for entertainment, and while doing so, they are also seeing nature, different towns and landmarks as they travel with their family.” “With the G-mee Play, kids can have a personal entertainment experience and parents can allow or not allow the apps accessed on the journey by using the built in pin lock parental controls. This creates a managed adventure for the kids within the approved apps accessible on the device. By selecting audio entertainment apps only, the whole family can be entertained, but their eyes will be free to look elsewhere.” The G-mee Play smart player RRP is $99.95 and available via,,, INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Charlie Brown, G-mee Play creator and father, discusses how parents can take back the power of kids’ technology use on road trips for a more meaningful journey. Brad Marshall, The Unplugged Psychologist, discusses the technology pitfalls parents may fall into during holiday road trips and how to avoid arguing with kids about technology use. For more information on G-mee, visit ENDS Editor’s Note: Interview Opportunity: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request.High quality imagery availableB-Roll footage available For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: More information: Kids and cyber safetyIn 2020, just under half (46%) of Australian children aged 6 to 13 used a mobile phone, up from 41% in 2015(4). In the 14-17 age bracket, 9 in 10 Australian teens have a mobile phone(5). Interestingly, nearly 6 in 10 young people (8-17 years) who reported a negative experience online, identified emotional and/or psychological impacts as a result(2).A majority (94%) of parents identify their child's online safety as a priority, however parents lack confidence in dealing with certain negative online experiences their child may face, such as cyberbullying and online threats(3). Sources:Tourism Australia researchOffice of the eSafety Commissioner – State of Play – Youth, kids and digital dangerseSafety Research Parenting Digital AgeACMA – Kids and mobiles: How Australian children are using mobile phonesRoy Morgan Single Source Australia, July 2015 – June 2016 Personal Finance Guide Launching 1 April 2021 2021-03-29T07:51:44Z personal-finance-guide-launching-1-april-2021 Australia's newest and funniest guide to Personal Finance, launches 1 April, and will be available for purchase from the money-beans website. This ia a Dad and daughter team effort, aimed at providing an easy to read but informative guide to personal finance. Suddenly Responsible is intended for a person just starting out, or someone who, later in life finds themselves suddenly responsible and having to deal with all manner of personal finance issues. It is light hearted, a short read, but abundant with financial wisdom designed to get the reader rich slowly. Parents are encoursged to buy it for their teens, or even themselves. For each copy of the book sold via the website, Moneybeans will donate $1 to the Leukaemia Foundation. Applications Are Open for the 2021 Sydney Criminal Lawyers Criminal Law Scholarship 2021-03-18T03:49:59Z applications-are-open-for-the-2021-sydney-criminal-lawyers-criminal-law-scholarship If you’re an aspiring criminal lawyer, there is a scholarship available to assist your transition from university to a career. Sydney Criminal Lawyers is proud to host a scholarship to encourage aspiring criminal lawyers in New South Wales and the ACT. The scholarship, which comes with $5,000, is aimed at supporting penultimate and final year law students who excel in criminal law and are passionate about pursuing a career in criminal defence. The successful applicant may also be offered Practical Legal Training placement and mentorship with Sydney Criminal Lawyers. Investing in the future “As a firm, Sydney Criminal Lawyers has a strong interest in nurturing young talent. We know that our team benefits greatly from the freshness and enthusiasm of graduates who accept jobs with us, or partake in work experience. “But more than that, over the long term, enabling young lawyers to pursue a career in criminal law simply ensures that the profession overall continues to thrive.” “We see the scholarship as a way of not just giving back to the profession that has given us all very rewarding careers, but also as a way of investing in its future in a meaningful way – attracting the best, most talented people and facilitating their career pathway, along with seeking to continually improve and evolve what we do and how we do it, for the benefit of our clients and the wider community.” About the scholarship The Sydney Criminal Lawyers Criminal Law Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit – especially in criminal law-related subjects and applicants will also be judged on the quality of their overall application, including resume, covering letter and interview with the firm’s principal. “Criminal law is a demanding, but gratifying career,” says Mr Nedim. “It tends to suit people who have strong advocacy, listening and communication skills, as well as a keen interest in the way the law impacts our lives,” says Mr Nedim. How to Apply Applicants must have Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency and enrolled in their penultimate or final year in an LL.B, Juris Doctor or Legal Practitioners Admission Board course, or undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, in New South Wales or the ACT. To apply, email a covering letter, resume and academic record to Mr Ugur Nedim at Include all contact information. Applications close at 11.59pm, 30 November 2021. Former Emirates SVP joins fast-growth edtech Education Perfect as Chief Sales & Marketing Officer 2021-03-17T04:48:32Z former-emirates-svp-joins-fast-growth-edtech-education-perfect-as-chief-sales-amp-marketing-officer Knigge joins the executive team at Education Perfect (EP) that last year saw chief executive, Alex Burke, also bring on Pureprofile’s former chief technology officer Loucas Gatzoulis.   Knigge was senior vice president at Emirates for six years and led the digitisation of the airline setting the strategic direction for a range of topics including online sales growth, online customer experience, marketing technology, digital, data and analytics, and digital marketing.   Burke’s vision for Education Perfect is being further realised with the experience that Knigge brings.   “Alex is an experienced executive with in-depth brand and marketing, commercial, and digital expertise. He has held senior leadership roles for 13+ years since becoming a VP at Jetstar in 2008”, he said.    Before joining Emirates in 2015, Knigge worked as the chief commercial officer at Tiger Airways in Singapore and prior to that he led distribution and e-commerce at Jetstar based in Melbourne.   “Alex is a high-energy leader who thrives at building and inspiring high-performing teams and at fostering cross-functional collaboration to achieve ambitious business goals, in particular sales growth and building world-class brands”, said Burke.   “His impressive resume shows a career of achievements in the commercial, digital and marketing space helping small and big companies meet their strategic objectives.”   “I really fell in love with Education Perfect from the moment I met the EP team and came to understand EP's mission to redefine teaching and learning experiences globally by helping teachers to provide personalised learning to students through humanising technology and data”, Knigge said.    “It makes perfect sense that Alex, who achieved tremendous things at global brands such as Emirates and Jetstar now helps us to further expand our global reach”.                                                                             ###   About EP: Founded in New Zealand and developed by and with teachers over a 10-year period, Education Perfect (EP) is a complete digital teaching and learning toolkit for schools, helping teachers to redefine teaching and learning experiences in line with the requirements of the 21st century. The EP platform offers tools for learning, revision, and assessment, enabling 21st century practices for years 5 to 12, across all subject areas. EP leverages the rich learning data it captures to provide valuable insights to teachers, students, parents, principals, and administrators.     With offices in Australia, NZ, Singapore, and Dubai, and being already used by 1 million+ students, 50,000+ teachers, in 2,600+ schools across 50+ countries, the team at EP are united through a common passion for making a global impact in education. Find out more at   Media enquiries and interview requests: Education Perfect - Alana Fisher-Chejoski AIICT introduces new Certified Artificial Intelligence Professional course developed with AWS 2021-03-09T02:00:03Z aiict-introduces-new-certified-artificial-intelligence-professional-course-developed-with-aws The Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT) has introduced a new ‘Certified Artificial Intelligence Professional’ course, jointly developed with Amazon Web Services (AWS)for aspiring Artificial Intelligence (AI) developers and Machine Learning (ML) professionals.The course enables novice practitioners who are interested in entering the field of AI to become job-ready engineers in just six months. There will be a skill assessment to evaluate the student’s current skills and experience, but the only prerequisites are a basic understanding of mathematics and statistics and, or alternatively, relevant experience in the industry, such as an internship.According to the 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report, ‘AI, cognitive computing and machine learning’ was reported as the second weakest IT skillset in organisations across the world, presenting serious hiring challenges for IT managers.[1] The lack of skilled AI professionals forms part of a broader technology skills shortage in Australia, with new research commissioned by AWS revealing that Australia will require an additional 6.5 million newly-skilled and reskilled digital workers by 2025 to meet future demand for technology skills (79 per cent more than Australia currently has).Jon Lang, CEO of AIICT said, “We’re seeing a severe shortage of skilled AI professionals and in many instances, organisations are simply unable to fill these roles. With AI and ML becoming a critical part of the digital transformation process for many organisations, the demand is on the rise for engineers with these specific skills across a wide range of industries.” “At AIICT, we are committed to providing all our students with the most contemporary, relevant and future-focused skills. Together with AWS we hope to address the skyrocketing demand in the AI field and support those looking to start their career as an AI engineer,” added Lang.An ‘Artificial Intelligence Specialist’ is currently the top emerging job role in both Australia and the United States, according to the LinkedIn 2020 Report, with hiring growth surging 74% annually in the last four years.[2]Moreover, as of January 2021, the average salary for a Machine Learning Engineer in Australia is estimated at $94,255 ($1,812 weekly), according to Indeed.[3] This is 34% above the average annual earnings for all employees in Australia, which is $66,575 ($1,280 weekly), according to the ABS[4].“There have been rapid technological advances in cloud computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, however we still face an ongoing skills shortage in these areas,” said Melanie Botha, Head of Training and Certification, Australia and New Zealand. “AWS is passionate about continual education, and the need to build new digital skills to drive economic growth and job creation in Australia and New Zealand. Together with AIICT, we want to close the digital skills gap, equip individuals with job-ready skills that will boost their employability, and support the upskilling of our nation.” AIICT is a start-up launched in 2019 by DDLS, one of Australia’s largest providers of corporate IT and cybersecurity training, and is one of only two authorised AWS Training Partners in the country.The Certified Artificial Intelligence Professional course prepares individuals for a role as an entry-level AI developer or Machine Learning Engineer. Through its unique Industry Partner Program, AIICT connects recent graduates with leading employers to help them secure a front-line role, while simultaneously tackling skills shortages in the field.The course incorporates three globally recognised AWS certifications, including AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, AWS Certified Data Analytics and AWS Certified Machine Learning, as well as the TensorFlow Developer Certificate.The hands-on course places a high focus on the development of real-world skills, and provides students access to unique ‘live labs’, which enable them to practice developing and deploying machine learning models in a simulated work environment.The course platform also includes video content, quizzes, expert led webinars and direct access to online mentorship from industry experts, who are on hand to guide students through the course material.AIICT operates using a unique self-paced course schedule, which is not bound by the traditional academic structures of terms and semesters. The flexible learning options allow students to build an online learning schedule around their life and encourages people who may not have considered a career in AI as an option previously, to undertake training.The AIICT platform also allows students to join a community of like-minded individuals for communication and collaboration as they progress through the course.Some of the course’s key learning outcomes include:Understanding the fundamentals of AI/ML processes and concepts, and elements of data science.Learning the key concepts of cloud computing with a deep dive into AWS.Gaining skills in Python, SQL JavaScript, and Deep Learning.Learning how to build scalable AI-powered algorithms with TensorFlow.Exploring ML toolsets and processes to build models with Amazon SageMaker and computer visions based on smart applications.Understanding data analytics and its application to AWS Download the full Certified Artificial Intelligence Professional course guide here.- END - About AIICTThe Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT) is a start-up launched by DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of vendor-certified cybersecurity and ICT training in Australia. Launched in 2019, AIICT was designed to provide those in the ICT and cybersecurity industries, or those looking to enter the industries with the most contemporary, relevant, and future-focused skills needed to succeed. As an operational division of DDLS, AIICT aims to provide online, self-paced, and nationally accredited cybersecurity and ICT training, leveraging the experience, skills and knowledge DDLS has accumulated as leaders in this industry for more than 30 years. The training is delivered via the Moodle LMS platform and leverages world renowned content from CompTIA, Skillsoft, Microsoft and LinkedIn Learning. [1] Global Knowledge 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report[2] LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report[3] Indeed Website 2020[4] Australian Bureau of Statistics, Average Weekly Earnings Australia Next step in making an empire 2021-03-08T22:22:12Z makers-empire Hon David Pisoni MP Minister for Innovation and Skills Hon John Gardner MP Minister for Education South Australian company Makers Empire will enhance its educational design software and equip more school students with 3D printing skills thanks to almost $300,000 in support from the Marshall Liberal Government. The State Government’s funding will be matched dollar for dollar by the company and is expected to create more than a dozen local jobs within two years. Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni says the grant will support the roll-out of Makers Empire’s MakeShop project, which aims to advance their technology and begin pilot programs in more Australian and international schools. “COVID-19 has posed a challenge to all levels of business, so it is great to see an innovative South Australian startup navigating these conditions and working to grow its suite of products for domestic and export markets” Minister Pisoni said. “The Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund provides vital seed funding to enable more businesses—like Makers Empire—to commercialise their great ideas, employ local workers and cement South Australia’s reputation as a place of innovation and excellence in hi-tech and education. “The $17.5 million allocated from the RCSF has leveraged $350 million in funding from industry and government. “The Marshall Government has developed a nurturing environment for startup businesses creating exciting new jobs in cutting edge technologies.” Minister for Education John Gardner says the Makers Empire’s MakeShop project is good news for South Australian students, helping to advance manufacturing, design and STEM knowledge in our schools. “Makers Empire has already rolled out their software to almost 2 million students in 1000 schools around the world,” Minister Gardner said. “The MakeShop project will enhance existing technology and give primary-aged students access to higher quality 3D printing, allowing them to design and print metal items such as jewellery, key rings and other objects. “This enhanced level of sophistication will ensure that the 3D printers that are in our schools can be used as a valuable education tool bringing students ideas to life.” Makers Empire CEO Jon Soong says COVID-19 caused significant disruption to the education sector, challenging his staff to support teachers and families adapting to hybrid models of learning. “However, COVID-19 also created new opportunities for us—we designed a range of remote learning resources including COVID-19 related challenges and a free Learning at Home course,” Mr Soong said. “The RCSF funding will help us test the market potential for MakeShop, which builds on our existing products to offer high-quality 3D prints to schools and parents. “Funding will be used to develop the parent/consumer market and refine user experience, as well as test production within Australia, as currently the big 3D print bureaus are all overseas. “We are grateful for this grant, and to the SA Department for Education for partnering with us over the last five years, helping us to refine and improve our products for schools." New book reveals the problem of unaffordable debt and the failure of Keynesian economics 2021-03-02T00:00:15Z new-book-reveals-the-problem-of-unaffordable-debt-and-the-failure-of-keynesian-economics Investment manager David Kauders says in his latest book, The Financial System Limit ‒The World’s Real Debt Burden, that debt, public and private, cannot expand to infinity and the actions of central banks to stimulate the economy are creating a bigger private sector debt problem, which will cause a future deep recession.[Please request book for review purposes and author available for interview.]Kauders’ controversial but rational ideas are based on troubling insights, including:the world is spending one-fifth of its economic output on interest;before the pandemic, the world was half-way to achieving Puerto Rican default conditions; andthe effect of stimulating our way out of recession is to create a new economic cycle driven by central banks, swamping the traditional economic cycles in agriculture, manufacturing and retail.“The cost of private sector interest is now depressing economic prosperity,” David Kauders said. “The financial system limit of any society is the debt level at which repayment ceases to be viable. Prior to the pandemic, I estimated the average interest cost of all types of debt was then around 7%. However, world debt was three times annual world economic output. This shows the waste of paying debt interest.“Total debt is key, taking into account corporate plus banking system and personal debt. Government debt is only around a quarter of total debt, so the focus on government debt is missing the point. Business and personal debt repayment has a real cost because inflation is so low.” Kauders also draws attention to the fact that interest rates paid by most borrowers have been rising steadily even while interest rates offered to depositors and interest rates paid by governments have collapsed to near-zero.“This shouldn’t be the case. It is caused by:the growth of compliance overheads to satisfy society’s desire to control its banks;rising private sector bad debts, which have to be charged to other borrowers; anddeclining net interest margins earned by banks.“These forces are deflationary, but there is no such thing as good deflation,” he said. “No economic multiplier can create more economic growth above the extra cost of interest on artificially created credit.”In The Financial System Limit, Kauders refers to two case studies: the default by Puerto Rico’s government in 2016 and the collapse of the UK Carillion group in 2018.“Both had reached their own financial system limit. When there is too much debt to service, positive real interest rates cause the debt overhang to act as a brake.”Kauders believes that most countries, including Australia, are facing deflation with the world in a debt trap, made worse by the pandemic. Attempts to create inflation have little effect and the cause of this lack of inflation is the financial system limit.“The authorities do not admit to the debt trap. The farce is that their policies worsen it. The right way of looking at debt is to measure interest cost on total debt in relation to economic output.“Economists, academics, financiers and politicians need to grasp the concept of the financial system limit."Kauders warns that Keynesian economic policies followed by governments have outlived their usefulness and are in danger of deepening the global downturn. In addition, academic theory such as Modern Monetary Theory, capital flow analysis such as Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century and repeated demands for sound money, all ignore total debt and focus narrowly on government debt.As there is no other obvious alternative to create prosperity, the financial system invented by separating debit and credit is approaching end of life.The Financial System Limit ‒The World’s Real Debt Burden, will be available from all good bookstores from 22 February. It is published by Sparkling Books and has an RRP of $A8.75 (e-book, ISBN 9781907230776) and $A20 (paperback, ISBN 9781907230783, printed in Australia). The book is non-technical and will appeal to anyone interested in money and the economy. Hardcover editions will be available later in 2021.endsAbout David KaudersDavid Kauders FRSA was educated at Cambridge and Cranfield School of Management. He is the author of The Greatest Crash: How contradictory policies are sinking the global economy. The Financial Times said in its review: "Radical thinkers might have a point". His new book, The Financial System Limit ‒The World’s Real Debt Burden, shows that creating more private sector debt eventually leads to economic media enquiries and requests for interview, etc.Issued on behalf of Sparkling Books by WMC Public Relations. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. E:"The author provides a historical view of how we reached the point where the level of global debt is unsustainable and now compounded by a global pandemic. The book is understandable by those without a deep financial background."Kauders, who has decades of experience as an investment manager makes the case for the difficult situation we, as global citizens, are confronted with." ‒ LibraryThing reviewer* * *"The book pleas to measure interest cost on total debt in relation to economic output. A deep recession and consequential financial upset were inevitable in a world that could not resolve the conflict between stimulus and austerity, a world that remained addicted to debt, a world that refused to admit the limit to the growth of debt caused by the cost of servicing it. That's what David Kauders wants to highlight." ‒ Hank van der Klis, NetherlandsReferences, Get Labour Law Assignment Help On The Go! 2021-02-24T08:42:07Z get-labour-law-assignment-help-on-the-go A student who wants to become a labour lawyer and choose a law department for his career. But as everyone knows that law assignments are quite lengthy. So, assignment experts helped such students while quickly doing their assignments to do studies without any worries. Labour law includes two employment activities that are commercial law and corporate law. In commercial activities, lawyers need to check legal standards and observe all the dynamic changes to employment to labour law, procedures, and policies. 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With the first module focused on dolphins in captivity and the second on live animal exports, EP are building out their cross-curriculum content for both teachers and students to include issues such as social justice, sustainability, student health and wellbeing, and indigenous issues. Both modules are now available. The module on dolphins introduces students to the social and intelligent nature of dolphins, and the welfare issues associated with keeping them in captivity in aquariums and marine parks. Lessons are aligned to English, Science, History and Geography curricula. The export of live animals as a global trade has been under growing scrutiny for decades. Australia has a well-documented history of incidents which have raised concern through widespread media coverage and public discourse. 67,000 sheep perished on their way to the Middle East in 1996, with close to a further 6000 sheep dying aboard the Cormo Express in 2003; just under 6000 cattle drowned just last year when their ship capsized. The course content has been praised as highly valuable from both students and teachers. “It is  about making well rounded citizens  who  move out into the world and have the ability to think critically and make responsible decisions,” said Sharyn Rix, Head of English, Drama and LOTE at Kempsey High School in NSW. Sharyn’s sentiments were echoed by a Year 12 student in WA, who commented, “There is plenty to learn about live exports and animal treatment and I like that it sparked conversation within my classroom around the issues.” The course, with its 12 modules, will provide the platform and its users with valuable curriculum-aligned social justice content, promoted through their network of teachers, on their website and on their learning resources. “Together we are working towards a kinder world for animals.” Education Perfect Partnerships Director, Anna Redmile, said that joining forces with Voiceless contributes content that allows teachers and students to have conversations used for critical thinking and better understanding the world they live in. “With the strength of EP's engagement and footprint in schools across ANZ, coupled with their expertise in animal protection education, EP and Voiceless are working together to educate the next generation and create a kinder world for animals,” she said. Dr. Christina Jarvis, Education Consultant, Teacher and Voiceless Education Advisory Council, said that the critical thinking skills embedded in the Voiceless APES were rare and welcome components of what she said were unique pedagogical tools.  “As we help children embrace an increasingly complicated future, such skills are paramount for developing engaged citizens yet are typically lacking in Australian curriculum support materials,” she said,  Voiceless aims to promote critical thinking on this issue by drawing on a range of sources from animal welfare and protection organisations, governmental departments, and industry reports, with the educational resources shared through EP seeking to provoke thought, rather than provide concrete solutions.  ### Media enquiries: Education Perfect - Alana Fisher-Chejoski. About EP Founded in New Zealand and developed by and with teachers over a 10-year period, Education Perfect (EP) is the total digital teaching and learning toolkit for schools, helping teachers to redefine teaching and learning experiences in line with the requirements of the 21st century. The EP platform offers a world-class set of tools for learning, revision, and assessment, enabling 21st century practices for years 5 to 12, across all subject areas. EP has rich user data reporting and insight capabilities enabling the use of machine learning & AI, while also providing insights to teachers, parents, principals, administrators and students.     With offices in Australia, NZ, Singapore, and Dubai, and being already used by 1 million+ students, 50,000+ teachers, in 3,000+ schools across 50+ countries, EP is uniquely positioned to be the total digital teaching and learning toolkit for schools globally. 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Schools reap surprise benefits from shutdowns: Nationwide principal study finds 2021-02-17T05:09:41Z schools-reap-surprise-benefits-from-pandemic-shutdowns A national survey of school principals has laid bare the extreme challenges faced by Australian schools and students during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic – but also revealed unexpected benefits that could lead to permanent changes in the way we run schools and educate our children. Hundreds of principals from all school sectors – government, Catholic and independent, primary and secondary – have provided extensive accounts of how staff and students, particularly those in socially and economically disadvantaged schools, are being harshly impacted by shutdowns due to COVID outbreaks. Pivot Professional Learning CEO, Amanda Bickerstaff highlights, “This is a landmark study that brings together the experiences and priorities for principals from every sector and context in Australia. Now more than ever we must prioritise listening to our school leaders. We need to ensure our schools are future-proofed and able to support an equitable education for all students.”  The principals tell how the pandemic has exposed and compounded existing inequalities in the system, with students from disadvantaged schools lacking access to basic technology for remote learning, and suffering disproportionate impacts on their learning, mental health and general wellbeing.  However, many who took part in the survey also reported surprisingly positive lessons and impacts from the crisis, some of which could lead to major changes in schooling after the pandemic is over.   Principals from all sectors reported closer bonding between schools and their communities. The head of one Catholic school observed: “The community really values their constant interaction with the school.  The increased closeness among school leaders and family members emerged in part because remote learning increased the visibility of teachers’ pedagogical practice for families.”  The leader of another school wrote:  “Through remote learning, parents appreciated the deeper knowledge and understanding they developed about how their child learns and their capabilities. Parents were very affirming about the great job teachers do. There was genuine respect.”  The head of a disadvantaged government school in Victoria reported:  “This school community has been remarkable in the way it has endured and then thrived during the pandemic. Care, compassion, generosity of spirit and goodwill have existed throughout.” Principals also enthused about how moving some school meetings and events to video had enabled greater parent participation in their children’s education. Some schools had decided to continue using the technology after the pandemic to keep the family involvement going. Others described plans to continue offering virtual parent workshops and family-teacher interviews. In other responses, around two-thirds of principals thought the pandemic had positive impacts on the quality of teaching, and on teachers’ relationships with students and school leaders. These positive perceptions emerged from all school sectors – and advantaged and disadvantaged schools alike.  The researchers noted that such positive developments could lead to many practices that emerged during the crisis being carried on into the future. But a large majority of principals also reported negative impacts on their teachers’ mental health and social-emotional health, and many expressed concern about how to address the problem. A deputy principal from one Queensland school wrote: “Often the problem with staff wellbeing is that we can see that they are struggling mentally but they cannot.’’ Andrew Pierpoint, President of the Australian Secondary Principals’ Association said, “This study is very significant as it pulls together concepts that Principals and teachers address each and every day”. He went on to say that “it is very important to hear directly from principals – it provides a unique and important window into Australian schools,  raising issues that go beyond COVID-19”. The survey was conducted in late 2020 by the Australian education company Pivot Professional Learning in partnership with the Coalition of Australian Principals. Leaders of primary and secondary schools across the nation were invited to participate in an online survey about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In all, 456 principals and other leaders across the government, Catholic and independent sectors – representing all parts of the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) spectrum – responded to the survey. In other major findings, it was revealed: Many schools have moved to provide increased levels of mental health support, advocacy and food support to their communities as a result of problems exposed or exacerbated by the pandemic. Principals of socio-economically advantaged schools were twice more likely to report a successful transition to remote learning than those leading less advantaged schools. Among leaders of schools with an ICSEA score above 1000, 65.6% reported a successful transition, compared to just 36.1% from lower ICSEA schools.  Principals of lower-ICSEA schools were significantly more likely to report insufficient technology access. This finding held true for every type of technology and internet access. Principals at lower ICSEA schools were significantly more likely to believe the impact of the pandemic on student learning had been negative (52% v 30%)  Surprisingly, 22% of lower-ICSEA school principals and 34% of those at higher-ICSEA schools actually rated the impact on student learning as positive.  81% of principals believe that teachers' mental health was negatively impacted and a further 76% believe that their wellbeing was also negatively impacted.  Significant socioeconomic differences emerged in estimates of student learning. Most principals reported students had learned 51-90% of the curriculum in the past six months, but those at higher ICSEA schools were twice as likely to report students had learned 91-100% of the curriculum. Many reported plans to address learning loss in the coming year. A full version of the survey report and analysis is available from Friday 19th February 2021 at  Register for the live webinar with Pivot Professional Learning and the leaders of the Coalition of Australian Principals on Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm. They will be discussing the research and recommendations in the aim to future-proof our schools for an equitable education. To register go to,  Pivot Professional Learning Pivot Professional Learning (Pivot) is an educational insights company dedicated to enhancing teaching effectiveness by harnessing the power of the student voice as a driver of evidence-based improvement. Pivot’s tools and systems are supported by international research and data from over 700 schools.   Coalition of Australian Principals (CAP)  The Coalition of Australian Principals (CAP) is an unconstituted, collaborative group of the six national peak principals associations, which first came together to discuss topics of common interest in 2019. The CAP coalition is characterised by high levels of trust, respect and abiding commitment to all sectors of school education in Australia.  The national peak associations are:  Australian Special Education Principals Association (ASEPA) National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association (NATSIPA);  Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA); Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA); Australian Heads of Independent Schools Association (AHISA); and the Catholic Secondary Principals Australia (CASPA).