Intermedium's analysis of the policies so far made public by both the Liberal opposition and the Labor government has found almost no mention of ICT. The policy pronouncements of both parties fail to mention any policies on government ICT strategies and procurement, or industry development strategies to assist the ICT industry.
However, a number of broad Liberal policies have implications for the NSW Government ICT market. The Liberal Party plans to cut 20,000 public service jobs over 4 years with an estimated saving of $4.5 billion, with all positions to be cut from metropolitan locations. The funds saved are to be diverted from backoffice to frontline services - police, teachers, nurses. However, a detailed Liberal policy on skills and training does not mention IT or technology-related training.
By contrast, the ALP has announced that it will improve and expand public services, emphasising that it will not cut public service numbers. Labor has also announced that it will expand its proposed free wireless broadband access to include all Sydney metropolitan areas, and country towns.
If there is a change of government, there will certainly be changes at the top in most Government agencies. Most senior positions in NSW agencies are political appointments, so with a change of government, we are likely to see almost all agency heads and senior positions change.
Intermedium has identified a number of trends that are likely to impact the NSW Government ICT market, irrespective of which party wins the election:
- The NSW economy is poor so there is not likely to be any increase in government spending
- Major reshuffles are likely, resulting in clustering of agencies around functional areas, resulting in a consolidation of systems, and possible project delays or cancellations
- Increased focus on agencies involved with water, transport, health, police/security with major opportunities to come in these areas to the detriment of others
Details of policies are available from the parties' websites