NSW Treasurer, Eric Roozendaal, delivered the State’s budget for 2009-10 on Tuesday 16 June. The budget offers extensive opportunities for ICT related industries. The 2009-10 Budget allocates more than $600 million for the health infrastructure investment program. This accommodates a large investment in medical equipment and technology, including a Community Health Outpatient Information system. Of this amount, approximately half of this funding allocation appears to be for the continuation or completion of previously announced projects rather than for for more contestable new projects. The budget outlines a $14.7 billion investment into the Education portfolio. Within this $36 million of capital expenditure has been directed towards the year 3 funding of the Connected Classroom Initiative; working towards digitising the education system through on-line learning tools, video-conferencing and interactive white board facilities. In 2009-10 the NSW Police Force will receive total funding of $2.6 billion including an upgrade of police technology and communications costing upwards of $56 million. However in the mini budget of November 2008, Police had their ICT budget funding reduced by $15m per annum for 4 years. More than $1.1 billion is being invested in the state justice system over the year with $9.3 million being spent towards enabling the electronic exchange of legal documentation. A further, $4.4 million has been allocated for technology upgrades in Legal Aid offices across the state.
ICT implications of the NSW Budget
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