Emergency response, court services, health, digital government, service delivery and revenue collection are the areas with ICT and digital impacts in Victoria’s 2021-22 Budget, released just six months after its last budget, which was delayed due to the pandemic and subsequent extended lockdown.
Digital transformation of government services received a significant funding boost in the delayed 2020-21 budget and heralds Victoria’s emergence from a period of significant under-funding of digital services at the Whole-of-Government (WofG) level in the earlier years of the Andrews government.
The first strong indication of this turn-around was the announcement of Digital Victoria in the 2020-21 Budget, which received $156.1million over four years and is understood to officially commence on 1 July 2021 as a business unit within the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). Digital Victoria has an acting Chief Executive Officer in Vivien Allimonos.
According to the DPC website, the current Digital Victoria functions are digital strategy (including digital identity), transformation, design and innovation, cyber security, the Victorian Centre for Data Insights and shared government IT services. It is therefore not clear to what extent the following funding is in addition to or part of the earlier Digital Victoria funding package.
The 2021-22 DPC digital funding announcements include: