Intermedium's analysis of the NSW Budget shows that twelve NSW Government agencies and trading enterprises have received ICT budget allocations of more than $10 million for the 2008-09 financial year.
Not surprisingly, the Department of Education and Training tops the list of agencies with more than $220m in ICT capital funding, followed by NSW Police and Department of Health. However, amongst the surprise inclusions in the list were Work Cover Authority, Department of Land and Property,and Department of Environment. Businesslink and Department of Commerce were the others.
Four NSW Government trading enterprises also received ICT capital allocations of more than $10m. Sydney Water topped the list with more than $50m. The others were Department of Housing, Transgrid and RailCorp.
Intermedium estimates that the NSW Government will spend as much as $1.5 billion on ICT products and services during the 2008-09 financial year.
Following a detailed analysis of all State Budget materials, Intermedium has identified 150 ICT capital projects for general government agencies valued at $585 million, and a further $109 million worth of projects within Government Trading Enterprises.
In addition, Intermedium estimates that a further $800m in ICT spending is "hidden" within expense budgets. This includes allocations for "non-capital" items including ICT training, hardware and software maintenance, support and contract ICT staff.