The Victorian state budget, released Tuesday, features an allocation of nearly $400 million to projects with an ICT component in 2010-11.
A significant portion of ICT spending will go towards continuing major projects at the Department of Transport. For example, over $80 million will be spent on the closing stages of the Myki ticketing solution, which has an overall price-tag of $461 million.
Another $52 million will be spent this financial year on the $145 million Train Safety Communications System, which aims to increase the numbers of trains that can safely run at the same time, through state-of-the-art coordination technology.
Several new initiatives are focused on strategies that will protect against a repetition of 2009’s Black Saturday disaster. The Department of Primary Industries will receive $420,000 in 2010-11 to develop an IT infrastructure that would inform a contingency plan for the coordination and mobilisation of resources if another natural disaster were to hit Victoria.
$250,000 will go towards increasing the capacity of the Victorian Bushfire Information Line, so that it will be able to handle increased use on high fire-dangers days. This project will be worth $500,000 in its entirety.
However, there will be no discreet budget allocation aimed at repairing the state’s ailing police radio network, which is allegedly strewn with blackspots across metropolitan Melbourne.
An analysis of this budget and the opportunities it presents for the ICT industry will be the subject of Intermedium’s Annual Victorian Budget Briefing, to be held in Melbourne on Wednesday 16 June.
Also available is Intermedium’s Budget IT report for Victoria, which includes lists and analyses all of the ICT components of this budget.