The ACT Government’s 2013-14 Budget contains $24.9 million worth of new ICT capital expenditure, up slightly from $22.5 million in 2012-13, and with the bulk of funding earmarked for hardware procurement and upgrades.
A further $73.5 million has been allocated over three years as ongoing funding for initiatives announced in previous budgets, with an expected spend of $37.4 million in 2013-14.
Hardware spending accounts for $22 million of the new ICT initiative pool. The bulk of this funding will go to the ACT’s Commerce and Works Directorate (CWD), a new body responsible for whole-of-government ICT services and procurement, and the Education and Training Directorate (ETD).
CWD has been allocated $10.9 million for its whole-of-government Digital Network project, focussed upon replacing ageing hardware components of the Government computer network. A breakdown of expenditure shows an expected spend of $6.7 million in 2013-14, $2.5 million in 2014-15 and $1.7 million in 2015-16.
CWD has also been given $1 million for its Storage Network Switch Refresh, which will see the replacement of crucial Government data storage network equipment reaching the end of its usable lifetime.
The remaining $10.1 million in hardware expenditure is allocated to ETD for the Sustaining Smart Schools project which will cover the refresh of computers, interactive whiteboards and wireless access points and the ongoing maintenance and upgrade of infrastructure.
The Government has also committed $2.5 million over four years to support ICT infrastructure in non-government schools. This is funded through unallocated components of the Interest Subsidy Scheme, rather than as a new capital initiative.
The Environment and Sustainability Directorate (ESD) has received funding for a number of systems upgrades, including $900,000 for enhancements and maintenance of the eDevelopment system, which allows for the online management of development applications and approvals.
The Directorate will also receive $500,000 for enhancements and support of its externally sourced integrated document management system, which tracks electronic records and centralises control over classification, management and disposal.
The Budget also features a Mobile Canberra Applications project, which will see the development of mobile phone apps providing information about the location of bus stops, car parks, public toilets, cycling routes and other Government services. The Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate has been allocated $40,000 in 2013-14 for the project.
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