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QLD's healthy ICT budget down from last year

by Aleks Vickovich •
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Intermedium has identified $218 million ICT Capital Expenditure in its first pass examination of the Queensland 2010-11 Capital Statement. This contrasts with a total figure of $551 million in ICT CapEx identified by Intermedium it its 2009-10 budget analysis.

While Intermedium believes this year’s top line figure will increase once its detailed examination of the Queensland Budget papers is completed, it expects the final result to remain significantly down on last year.   

Queensland Health picked up the biggest ICT capital allocation in the 2010-11 state Budget handed down yesterday.  More than $100 million has been allocated for ICT capital, following on from a $174.3 million allocation in 2009-10.

$74.9 million of the allocated funding is slated for ICT equipment including an upgrade of telephone systems, cabling, network and server replacements.  $25.9 million will go towards the ongoing rollout of e-Health systems across Queensland.  Key features of e-health supported by the funding include:

  • An integrated electronic Medical Record (eMR) which will allow clinicians and planners to have a single view of patient records;
  • Radiology Information Systems which enable diagnostic images of patients living in regional and rural areas to be reviewed via tele-radiology; and
  • Mobile and fixed digital technology for breast screening to improve early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

The Department of Public Works has also been a major beneficiary of budget expenditure, with $1.26 million being allocated for Whole-of-Government ICT initiatives within the Public Works portfolio.  CITEC, the Queensland Government’s primary technology service provider, has been awarded capital expenditure of $30.1 million.  The funding will go to specific CITEC projects including data centre consolidations, networks and infrastructure services, a Whole-of-Government email system and the acquisition of ICT infrastructure.

The Government has also announced that the Department of Public Works will spearhead the implementation of recommendations as outlined in the Toward Q2 through ICT (2009–2014)strategy. The Government will provide funding of $15 million over three years to establish a fund that will invest in Whole-of-Government ICT initiatives to generate savings for government and will assist in the maturation of government technology platforms. 

Queensland Police will benefit from $50.2 million capital expenditure for a number of ICT projects including computer aided dispatch, technology refresh, a digital integrated traffic camera system, a new weapons licensing system and telecommunications interception technology.

Despite these various initiatives, the Health, Police and CITEC budget figures are much lower this year than last year, according to Intermedium’s analysis.

Intermedium’s Queensland Budget Briefing will be held 25 June in Brisbane.  For more information, click here or contact sales on (02) 9955 9896.

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