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Digging up the detail of ICT spending in the states’ record infrastructure budgets for 2009-10

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In response to the global recession New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland all rolled out record infrastructure spending plans in their 2009-10 budgets, at $18 billion, $11.5 billion and $18.2 billion respectively.

But how will this money actually be spent? And what are the prospects for ICT in the coming 12 months?

The budget overviews quickly reveal that most of the money will go to traditional infrastructure with major allocations for roads, transport and utilities, but digging deeper into the detail of the budgets can yield much richer information about government spending plans.

While traditional infrastructure is the big winner there is significant budget available for ICT iniatives.

NSW publishes an Infrastructure Statement and Queensland a Capital Statement that detail the capital spending plans for their departments and also for other government organizations including state owned utilities and water suppliers.

These statements make the states’ capital spending intentions relatively clear with the major projects, and the amount of budget provided, identified individually within their total departmental capital budgets.

More than $1 billion in ICT capital spending has been identified in the NSW Budget 2009-10, and nearly $600 million in Queensland.

Victoria, which at $11.5 billion had the smallest infrastructure budget, did not produce a standalone infrastructure spending statement and as a result it is more difficult to discover the detail of Victoria’s ICT capital spending plans.

The bulk of the detail about Victoria’s spending comes from its budget paper 3 Service Delivery statements which describes the activities of the Victorian Government departments in terms of how they will achieve their program goals.

Service Delivery also includes information asset purchasing plans for these departments, and ICT capital spending identified through this document comes to $185 million.

Intermedium’s budget IT series of searchable spreadsheets provide the detail on all the ICT spending identified in the budget papers of NSW, Victoria, Queensland and the Federal Government. Contact sales on 02 99559896 for more information

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