Australia invests $68M on digital identity, blockchain projects

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However, according to Australian Automobile Association (AAA), the funding for transport infrastructure has declined by nearly $2 billion over the forward estimates compared to last year's budget.

For its Digital Economy initiative, the government subsequently mentioned the decentralizing tech in a consultation paper.

The government is continuing to equip Australians with the skills they need to innovate and make the most of opportunities offered by technology and science. This disbursement will include additional funding for the Australia's National Research Infrastructure (NRI), and the Australian Technology and Science Growth Plan that will deliver cutting edge digital infrastructure to boost the economy.

The Budget didn't speak much to National Broadband Network, apart from to reiterate that it would be about 75 percent complete by the end of 2018 and was on track to be completed by 2020.

Universities were also hit, as funding freezes announced during the Mid-Year Economic Financial Outlook were extended. This brings total expenditure in national research infrastructure through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy to $4.1 billion over 12 years.

This will deliver $1.3 billion to support Australia as a global health industry leader in medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals while improving health outcomes for all Australians through investments in medical innovation. Of that, most of the projects are already underway and there are few new commitments. The Plan has also increased the unincorporated small business tax discount rate from 5 per cent to 8 per cent (up to a cap of $1,000), which will increase to 16 per cent by 2026-27.

The budget also included $13.1 million over four years to enhance the Australian War Memorial's (AWM) digitisation program.

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$260 million investment in satellite positioning and imaging infrastructure through Geoscience Australia.

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre helps advance medical research, nanotechnology, mining, construction and urban planning with high-speed calculations. It will also aid Australia's nascent space program and energy department by supporting supports research to maximise combustion in supersonic engines and model the physics of extreme waves to capture energy.

LPA is the peak body for Australia's live performance industry.

A$707 million from the A$20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) will go to support the Frontier Health and Medical Research program.

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will be getting AU$130 million in 2017-18 to improve its IT systems in order to "upgrade the capacity and performance of the Department's connected information environment; establish the platform for the enterprise identity management system; and upgrade the department's analytics and threat management capabilities".

The new investment in Australia's road network will be "years away" from achieving anything set in concrete, according to the AAA.

$125 million for the Million Minds Mental Health Research Mission to support more research and better diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.