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A sunny outlook for Queensland following strong ICT Budget

by Paris Cowan •
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The Queensland Government has offered up another healthy budget for ICT, showing once again that the state is not afraid to spend on technology, especially when it comes to frontline service delivery.

In 2010, Intermedium identified a total of $1.03 billion worth of ICT allocations within the Queensland Budget Papers, of which, $217 million remains to be spent. Initial analysis indicates that the 2011-12 Budget looks set to rival last year’s allocations.

Hospitals were a big winner in the 2011-12 Budget, handed down on 14 June, with $61.2 million allocated to the upgrade and replacement of ICT equipment.

Budget Papers also listed capital outlay of $79 million for e-Health clinical systems, $49 million for IT infrastructure technology and another $12 million for IT contingency and emergent needs.

In other expenditure, $209 million over three years will pay for the Payroll Improvement Program, aimed at implementing a new Queensland Health payroll operating model, following the failure of its predecessor.

When this allocation was originally announced in 2010-11’s Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review, it was stated that the project would be funded from whole-of-Government savings initiatives. Of this amount $92 million was earmarked for expenditure in 2010-11.

Intermedium’s Queensland Budget IT for 2010 shows that Health was a big winner in terms of ICT last year as well. Up to 50 percent of the $121 million Hospitals Priority Capital Program is likely to have gone into ICT, in addition to the $51 million allocated to IT infrastructure programs.

Overall, Health attracted $161 million in ICT capital outlays last year, of which $57 million remains to be spent.

Emergency Services and law enforcement agencies were another big recipient of ICT funding.

Police received $51.1 million for a Computer Aided Dispatch System, a Digital Integrated Traffic Camera Systems and a technology refresh.

This is similar to the $52.3 million the department received in 2010.

Within the Department of Community Safety (DCS), a share of $44 million at the Fire and Rescue Service and a share of $61 million at the Ambulance Service will go towards ICT improvements.

Another $16.7 million will go towards information systems developments across the DCS, including:

  • $3,317 for the Ambulance Services
  • $3,676 for the Fire and Rescue Services
  • $9,677 for other bodies within the Department

The DCS received $43.5 million in ICT capital funding in 2010, most of which was earmarked for spending within the financial year.

A comprehensive view of the ICT opportunities in the Queensland State Budget 2011-12 will soon be available as Intermedium’s Budget IT report.  The report conveniently lists every ICT allocation in a searchable and filterable format, so you won’t miss a thing.


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