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Tutorial

Background & prep

Let's assume that the 'Department of Biotechnics Australia (DOBA)' is an Australian Government Department that regulates the use of biomechanics in Australia.

Now, let's also assume the Australian cattle industry currently uses the e-Robot 3000 model to help with routine duties. The e-Robot 3000 can be programmed to give feed and water to livestock, drench and vaccinate livestock and record information on the needs of each animal.

According to DOBA, a local terrorist cell has gained access to a program that can hack into the e-Robot 3000. The program can rewire the artificial intelligence chip. There are security issues with the e-Robot 3000, making it possible for terrorist cells to access and use it for a terrorist operative.

DOBA has looked at a number of options to protect the e-Robot 3000. It has decided to use the Business Cost Calculator to estimate the compliance costs business owners might face depending on the option chosen.

Options

DOBA has decided to look at the following options:

  • Option 1: continuing with the 'status quo' that allows unrestricted access to the e-Robot 3000
  • Option 2: introducing a regulation that ensures only people registered and who follow outlined procedures can access the e-Robot 3000
  • Option 3: introducing a voluntary code of conduct reliant on people using the e-Robot 3000 storing the product safely and keeping records of all purchases and use.

Before DOBA can start using the Business Cost Calculator, it needs to do some research.

DOBA will need to assess the problem and objectives of the new proposal and consider what tasks are needed. DOBA has already done some research. To help you understand the process, here's a summary of the information. It'll help you understand how to use the Business Cost Calculator.

Summary of information

Number of cattle industry businesses impacted

 

63,400

Problem

The Australian cattle industry currently uses the e-Robot 3000 model to assist with routine duties. The e-Robot can be programmed to convey feed and water to livestock, undertake drenching and vaccination of livestock and record data on each individual animals requirements. The Department of Biotechnics Australia has identified that the e-Robot 3000 is a potential terrorist threat due to hackers creating a program to rewire the artificial intelligence chip. There are deficiencies in the protection of the e-Robot 3000 which could lead to terrorist cells accessing the robots for use as a potential terrorist operative.

Objective

  1. A nationally consistent, effective and integrated approach to control access to the e-Robot 3000 to those with a legitimate need.
  2. To ensure accountability at all stages of the e-Robot 3000 supply chain in order to address security and safety concerns.
  3. To establish a framework for control which may be applicable to further production of robotic assistance.

Option 1

Task

Cost category

Status Quo: - Continue to allow unrestricted access and use of the e-Robot 3000

No change in compliance tasks required

 

Option 2

Task

Cost category

Regulation: - Ban access to the e-Robot 3000 for other than specifically authorised and registered users through the introduction of a new regulation

Develop Safety Plan

Publication and Documentation

Obtain police and politically motivated violence checks

Permission

Purchase cost

Register access to the e-Robot 3000

Record Keeping

Train staff in safety procedures

Education

Secure Storage

Purchase Cost

Obtain Licence

Purchase Cost

Option 3

Task

Cost category

Voluntary Code of Conduct: - Restrict access to the e-Robot 3000 for other than specifically authorised registered users through a voluntary code of conduct. Users of the e-Robot 3000 are required to store the product safely and keep records of all purchases and use.

Register access to the e-Robot 3000e

Record Keeping

Secure Storage

Purchase Cost

Get started

OK, so you've launched the Business Cost Calculator and can probably see the homepage.

Here, you can:

  1. Start a new proposal – click the Start new BCC costing file button.
  2. Open an existing proposal – click Browse, find the file, click Open, then click Open existing BCC costing file.

To start your proposal:

  1. Click the Start new BCC costing file button.
  2. In the dialogue box, find a place to save your file.
  3. Name your file – e-Robot costing 20080627v1. (The date and version number makes creating new versions of the same file easier.)
  4. Click the Save button.

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