State and federal governments are all looking at “infrastructure” as the centerpiece of their budget strategies, announcing major projects to pump-prime their economies and create jobs. Intermedium’s analysis of recent state and Federal budgets shows there are still differing views between jurisdictions on the role of ICT in delivering this infrastructure. Infrastructure announcements in the Federal budget are more than roads and bridges. Broadband, education and health are key elements of the Government’s infrastructure initiatives, and ICT is clearly a major component in each of these areas. There are subtle but important differences across the states in the role ICT plays in their future infrastructure programs. Some see ICT as just an enabler and a means of achieving savings, but others see ICT as a key lever for change, and a key ingredient of 21st century infrastructure in its own right. The National Broadband Network is an excellent example of 21st century infrastructure. Though not a budget initiative in its own right, the Gershon review is another example. While Gershon recommended significant cuts to ICT business as usual spending, he also recommended 50% of these savings be reinvested in strategic investment projects, rather than returned to consolidated revenue. The Federal Government accepted this recommendation and is in the process of considering ICT investment options for the coming financial year. Intermedium is presenting a detailed analysis of each budget during its Budget Briefing services. In forthcoming events in Brisbane (26 June) and Sydney (2 July), we’ll compare and contrast the approaches to IT by state governments in their budgeted infrastructure announcements.
Is ICT one of the necessary components of Budget infrastructure programs?
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