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New children's health body to be formed in NSW

In response to the recommendation of the 2008 Garling Report into NSW public health, the NSW Government will form a new statutory body with specific responsibility for children’s health in Sydney, effective from July this year.

The new body will be called the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and will bring together the Randwick and Westmead children’s hospitals under one budget and management structure.

The network will be managed by...

NSW Shared Services model revealed in 2010-11 Budget Papers

As predicted by Intermedium, the 2010-11 NSW Budget Papers have provided answers to the future direction of Shared Services in NSW government.

In the 2009-10 Budget, the agency amalgamations into 13 Super Departments were announced.  Through 2009-10, there was a relatively poor report card on how effectively the Super Departments were coming together as autonomous organisational...

Tax Office defends the ICT change program at Senate Estimates

Senior officials of the Australian Tax Office (ATO) faced a Senate Estimates hearing on 1 June at which they were grilled about delays and problems in the implementation of the ATO ICT Change Program, which was cut over on the Australia Day weekend in January 2010.

Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo and Second Commissioner David Butler acknowledged the problems associated with the rollout of the program.  As of 1 June 2010, the ATO had received 17,000 complaints (out of 3....

QLD's healthy ICT budget down from last year

Intermedium has identified $218 million ICT Capital Expenditure in its first pass examination of the Queensland 2010-11 Capital Statement. This contrasts with a total figure of $551 million in ICT CapEx identified by Intermedium it its 2009-10 budget analysis.

While Intermedium believes this year’s top line figure will increase once its detailed examination of the Queensland Budget papers is completed, it expects the final result to remain significantly down on last year.  ...

NSW Budget 2010-11: Big ticket ICT allocations

Intermedium has identified almost half a billion dollars in ICT capital funding  following the release of the NSW Government’s Budget Papers 2010-11.  It is expected that Intermedium’s more in-depth review, to be conducted over the coming days for the purposes of preparing its Budget IT – NSW tool and for its Budget Briefing on 30 June will identify further ICT funding.

In keeping with previous years, the Government has highlighted its ICT funding...

Intermedium: How will this year's NSW Budget measure up?

New South Wales’ 2010-11 budget is due for release on 8 June at 12:15 pm, and the ICT industry will be keenly waiting to see what opportunities it may contain following sizeable technology allocations in 2009-10.

The 2009-10 Budget contained around $1.11 billion in total ICT capital expenditure, according to Intermedium’sanalysis.  The biggest individual winners were Education and Training, which captured over $212 million, and Transport and Infrastructure, which...

NSW Government Bill to dramatically alter Transport administration structure

A Bill passed by the Legislative Assembly on 19 May has the potential to radically modify the structure, organisation and function of transport administration and governance in New South Wales.  This has wide-sweeping implications for information and communication technology provision in future years for up to 13 different transport agencies.

The Bill vests power in a single government body and effectively strips public transport agencies of the ability to self-regulate. ...

ANAO audit highlights security and data risks at Medicare

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has highlighted security risks, data inaccuracies and the sub-par performance of an Online Claiming system as part of an audit of Medicare’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Released 24 May, the audit details a series of ICT issues facing the PBS, which has experienced continued growth in volume and cost since the introduction of the Online Claiming system in 2005, a networked system through which pharmacies can assess...

Intermedium’s Federal Budget Briefing 2010-11: what the budget means for ICT

At its annual Federal Budget Briefing, held in Canberra on 1 June, Intermedium outlined in excess of $1.8 billion in ICT allocations it was able to identify in the 2010-11 budget papers.  This figure is made up of both Operating Expenditure (OpEx) and Capital Expenditure (CapEx).  Intermedium found 41 ICT initiatives in total, 22 of which are new to this financial year.

The presentation comprehensively mapped each of the funded ICT...

Outcomes of NSW Treasury’s Review of ICT Costs expected in Budget of 8 June

A Treasury-based team headed by Deputy Secretary Stephen Brady, with secondees from other departments including the NSW Government Chief Information Office, was charged with undertaking the NSW Review of ICT Costs.

Benchmarking was due for completion by December 2009.  Thereafter, agencies would be ranked and, as part of the Budget planning process, Treasury would seek savings proposals to achieve the additional 1% efficiency dividend from departmental CEOs and CFOs early in 2010...

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