At its annual Federal Budget Briefing, held in Canberra on 1 June, Intermedium outlined in excess of $1.8 billion in ICT allocations it was able to identify in the 2010-11 budget papers. This figure is made up of both Operating Expenditure (OpEx) and Capital Expenditure (CapEx). Intermedium found 41 ICT initiatives in total, 22 of which are new to this financial year.
The presentation comprehensively mapped each of the funded ICT initiatives and showed Health and Ageing to have received the lion’s share of the ICT pool, with a portfolio total of over $560 million.
Other technology winners included the Attorney General’s Department, with $321 million overall, and Immigration and Citizenship, the technology allocation of which was lifted to $248 million by a boost to border security infrastructure.
Other trends with implications for ICT suppliers include a slight increase in government staff numbers and a corresponding drop in overall contractor hire.
Intermedium’s three year expiring contracts outlook shows major peaks in total value of expiring contracts, in each of the fourth quarters of 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13. These peaks are due to the agency tendency to end multi-year contracts on the last day of the relevant financial year. In at least two of the years, the peaks are due to major infrastructure outsourcing contracts coming to an end.
Intermedium’s Federal Budget Briefing is held each year for the benefit of industry and government personnel who are looking to gain insight into the Federal Government ICT market, and the trends and opportunities that emerge from it.
The information presented at the briefing is the result of a forensic analysis of the full set of Federal Budget papers by Intermedium,which is navigated and explained by an experienced specialist in the government marketplace.
The briefing draws heavily on the data contained in Intermedium’s Budget IT – Federaltool.