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$25m planning system SA budget standout

by Justin Hendry •
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Topics: IT Services; Software; ICT Strategy; Digital Transformation; SA.

A new solution to support the digitisation of the South Australian development planning system is one of only a handful of new ICT initiatives to receive funding in the 2016-17 state budget.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has received $24.8 million over four years, including almost $10 million in 2016-17, to develop the e-Planning solution. It will simplify and accelerate the planning framework by responding to development proposals with an “early yes or no” answer.

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis described the system as “a new on-line platform [that] will give home owners, developers and business operators quick and easy access to see which laws and regulations apply to their property and enable them to track the progress of development applications”.

The investment follows the state’s most significant series of planning reforms in over 20 years, headed by Planning Minister John Rau, which culminated in the passage of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 in April.

New South Wales has adopted a similar online planning system to enable online lodgement and tracking of applications and make planning information more accessible. The NSW system received $49.9 million in budget funding between 2013-14 and 2015-16.

Other ICT projects funded in the SA 2016-17 Budget:

$8.4 million, including $2.4 million in operating funds, has been allocated to the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) over four years to transition the South Australian Certificate of Education operations “from paper-based to online assessment of examinations”.

The Attorney-General’s Department will receive $3.6 million over four years for “an exhibit management system, ICT backup and storage, and continuity of telecommunications intercept capability” to support the functions of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption and Office for Public Integrity.

South Australia Police will receive $1.3 million over three years to introduce a national IT system to share “information on domestic violence orders within and across jurisdictions as part of the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme”. The 2016-17 Federal Budget similarly allocated $9.9 million for the development of a Domestic Violence Order sharing system – the National Order Reference System.

SA Health will receive $500,000 in 2016-17 to develop an “implementation plan for the replacement of the existing Patient Administration System in country hospitals”.

Existing systems are expected to be replaced by the real-time Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS), which provides foundations for the delivery of comprehensive state-wide electronic health records. The EPAS system is already used by over 5,000 staff at different sites across the state.

The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI), in conjunction with SA Police and the DECD, will receive $7.3 million over four years (in addition to $3.3 million allocated in 2015-16) to develop and implement a continuous monitoring system for working with children assessments. This project was originally announced in South Australia’s 2015-16 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

DCSI rolled out a new online screening system in August 2015 to help the agency respond to the increasing number of working with children applications it receives.

Intermedium will release a detailed online list of 2016-17 funded ICT initiatives on its Budget IT online database once analysis of South Australian budget papers is compete.

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