Intermedium has identified almost half a billion dollars in ICT capital funding following the release of the NSW Government’s Budget Papers 2010-11. It is expected that Intermedium’s more in-depth review, to be conducted over the coming days for the purposes of preparing its Budget IT – NSW tool and for its Budget Briefing on 30 June will identify further ICT funding.
In keeping with previous years, the Government has highlighted its ICT funding across a broad range of portfolios. Education has been the biggest beneficiary with $270 million going to various information technology projects. Minister for Education, Verity Firth, says the funding will ensure that within four years “every NSW public school has interactive whiteboards, videoconferencing facilities and on-line learning tools that enable information to be shared”. This Connected Classrooms initiative is an ongoing program.
NSW Health will receive $76.4 million to support the rollout of electronic medical records, medical imaging, business information and human resource systems as part of the existing ICT Program, which has also received funding in previous budgets. Funding will also go towards developing more efficient business practices within the health sector.
$46 million has been allocated to the NSW Police to fund communications infrastructure and includes an upgrade of the radio equipment network, the Core Operational Policing System, the establishment of a Closed Circuit TV Database and new Mobile Number Plate Recognition Systems.
A further $10.6 million will go towards building a secure online information technology sharing platform for justice agencies and legal representatives. Attorney General John Hatzistergos says this service will allow “Police, Corrective Services and Juvenile Justice to securely share information with courts”. $4.1 million will go towards LifeLink, a new operating system for the Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages that better stores and secures data and will help prevent identity fraud.
The Department of Community Services (DOCS) has secured $17 million for information and communication technology projects including $11.5 million for the redesign of the aptly named Key Information and Directory System (KIDS), which manages and records information about families and children.
$10 million will go the Work Cover Authority including $3.3 million to improve the business technology platform, $2.1 million for the licensing system and $1.3 million for the National Work Health and Safety program.
The NSW Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA) has been awarded $19 million in funding for capital works including enhanced online service delivery and state-wide survey infrastructure.
Intermedium’s NSW Budget Briefing will be held 30 June 2010. For more information click here, or contact sales (02) 9955 9896.