With the NSW State Budget focused on capital expenditure and infrastructure, ICT spending is expected to increase, particularly in areas that will help meet election promises, in health, transport, education and utilities. ICT is integral to many infrastructure projects, so Intermedium expects that ICT will comprise a sigificant element of these projects. In addition, Intermedium has identified a number of ICT initiatives in the Budget.
$66m spending on ICT with allocations for implementation of State-wide information systems to support clinical service redesign and corporate service delivery including upgrades to patient, clinical and corporate services IT systems.
$60m on major IT projects, including the Connected Classroom initiative – videoconferencing and interactive whiteboards to enable sharing of information.
$50m pa provision to meet the costs of continuing improvements to IT and communications plus allocations for improvements to the Police IT systems and specific initiatives including a Forensic Services Digital Imaging System.
Significant allocations towards ICT-related projects in the following portfolio areas have also been identified:
- Public Order and Safety (Juvenile Justice, Corrective Services, Fire Brigades)
- Transport (including Rail and Bus transport)
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
- Primary Industries