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...

Human Services CIO: We are finally where we want to be with mobile services

Speaking at the Sydney CeBIT Conference on Tuesday 25 May 2010, Federal Human Services CIO John Wadeson described the adoption of virtualisation and thin client technology as, “the final outcome on this journey” toward truly mobile service delivery.

Centrelink, which forms part of the Human Services portfolio, is in the process of adopting a virtualised IT infrastructure and is using it to improve access to welfare services in remote and disaster-affected areas.


Principles of Engagement to ensure equal opportunity for smaller ICT businesses

Measures to improve market accessibility for small and medium sized suppliers are contained in guidelines for Government and ICT industry engagement announced by Finance and Deregulation Minister Lindsay Tanner on Tuesday 25 May. 

Tanner released the guidelines via video message to the eGovernment forum at Sydney’s CeBIT Conference.

Government and Industry Principles of Engagement on ICT is based around 5 target areas:


KPMG report suggests improvements for ANAO ICT

A KPMG audit has delivered an assessment of the Australian National Audit Office’s use of (ANAO) ICT, providing recommendations to improve risk management, key performance indicators and data recovery.

Released 20 May, the audit found the office to be “above or in line with acceptable practice,” with particular praise reserved for the effectiveness of its ICT governance and planning.

“The ANAO are either above or in line with the ‘acceptable practice’ maturity, with notable...

NSW Human Services to undergo structural reform

NSW Human Services, the Super Department which contains NSW Housing, Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care and Juvenile Justice, has created a new position of CIO at the Super Department level.

Kerry Holling, who was previously CIO at NSW Community Services (DoCS), has been appointed to the new position.

It is understood that the Super Department is currently undergoing an operational and organisational redesign.  For the time being, however, it seems that...

Geoscience Australia benefits from Gershon BAU fund

After an adverse Australian National Audit Report (ANAO) in February 2010, Geoscience Australia (GA) has been allocated $2.9 million from the Federal Budget 2010-11’s Business-as-Usual (BAU) fund.  This allocation is more than double GA's total contract value for data storage in 2008-09. 

The 2007-08 financial year saw GA contract $1.87 million for data storage.  The following year this dropped to $1.34 million.

In his 2008 review, ...