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Victorian Budget: Melbourne Water and Victoria Police are on the money

by Paris Cowan •
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The Melbourne Water Corporation and the Victoria Police will be the buyers to watch over the next few years, according to the Victorian State Budget handed down today.

Melbourne Water received an eyebrow-raising $154 million across a number of initiatives and asset renewals that will take place between now and 2018. While the Budget Papers give little away in terms of project details, a major program of upgrades and replacements will soon commence at the water supply and treatment agency including:

  1. Annual infrastructure renewals ($23 million)
  2. Major infrastructure renewals ($37 million)
  3. Asset management system renewal ($17 million)
  4. Other major system renewals ($18 million)
  5. Major systems enhancements ($15 million)

The government-owned corporation successfully completed a migration to a new purpose-built data centre in 2011-12. This latest round of funding has been triggered by preparation for its five-year water pricing review, a spokesperson advised. Melbourne Water will need to get a handle on all future expenditure before it firms up water rates for the next five years.

While it did not attract the same level of ICT funding, budget allocations for Victoria Police suggest that it too has big ICT plans.

It received over $23 million to make a start on its Police Information Process and Practice (PIPP) reform program which the Budget says will “address immediate issues to maintain the performance of core Victoria Police information systems and commence planning for longer-term reforms to ICT systems and processes”.

According to its 2011-12 Annual Report Victoria Police has been in the process of analysing and reviewing its main operational scenarios and existing and planned information management systems, as part of Phase 1 of the PIPP. The findings of this review will inform a roadmap for “for implementation of the operational systems and information changes needed to achieve the 2030 modern policing vision,” it says.

Major ICT funding will likely emerge during the later implementation stages of this program.

Budget papers also reveal that the upcoming market testing of Victoria Police’s suite of ICT outsourcing arrangements, estimated to be worth $300 million, has been categorised as a high risk/high value project by the Government, meaning that it will attract increased scrutiny from Treasury and undergo gateway reviews across its implementation.

The Victorian Government has also become the first State administration to directly fund its whole-of-government ICT Strategy, with the Budget committing $19 million over four years to the roll-out of the strategy as well as Victoria’s ICT industry development program outlined in the ‘Technology Plan for the Future – ICT’ plan.

“New funding will allow us to deliver on the key actions as set out in the ICT strategy and implement new initiatives to improve industry engagement and outcomes in ICT procurement, as well as improving management of ICT projects,” said Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips in a statement.

He did not provide any more detail on which strategy actions in particular would attract this funding.

Keep an eye on the Intermedium website for early releases of the Victorian component of Budget IT Online, and be sure to join us on 13 June in Melbourne for our Victorian Budget Briefing.

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Victoria launches its first whole-of-government ICT Strategy


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