A revamp of WA Police’s information technology systems and continuing support for eHealth will be at the centre of Western Australia’s ICT agenda in 2011-12, Budget Papers reveal.
WA Police are set to benefit from the Budget’s largest ICT-based initiative, with $113 million allocated over the next five years to complete a major overhaul of the Force’s ICT infrastructure and systems.
Of this, approximately half will be spent to replace WA Police’s ICT infrastructure in order to mitigate operational risks and ensure the provision of efficient support to policing. The remainder will be invested to upgrade the software systems currently supporting the management of intelligence, property and forensic evidence.
The overhaul is designed to facilitate collaboration across agencies and between jurisdictions to deliver a more efficient and effective police force. In his Budget speech, Treasurer Christian Porter said the initiative will “support modern policing techniques and the increased intelligence-led approach to crime reduction”.
Continued implementation of WA’s ten-year eHealth program, which commenced in 2006, will be another key area of ICT expenditure, with $89.6 million committed in 2011-12.
According to Budget Papers, WA Health is mid-way through the delivery of stage 1 of the reforms, which will replace healthcare applications to “create a ‘new core’ supporting patient flow, clinical care and the establishment of an accessible integrated electronic patient record”.
WA’s program, which aligns with the national eHealth initiative, aims to provide a modern, integrated platform to facilitate the delivery of world-class health services.
The State Government refused to sign up to Kevin Rudd’s original National Health and Hospital Network plan, in which e-health played a key role, but have agreed to be part of a revised plan signed at COAG on 13 February 2011.
ICT will also play a key role in improving corrective services infrastructure and modernising the management of WA’s fishing industry, according to the budget papers.
Under the Supporting our Community: Corrective Services Infrastructure Improvements initiative, $6.25 million will be apportioned over the next four years to upgrade the Department of Corrective Services’ Total Offender Management System (TOMS). TOMS manages all aspects of an offender’s time in custody, from reducing the risk of self harm to maintaining sentence integrity and tracking visitors.
“The Department of Corrective Services supervises up to 10,000 people on any given day,” Corrective Services Minister Terry Redman said in a media release.
“As such, it relies heavily on information systems to operate in an efficient and effective manner.”
This year, Intermedium will produce the first ever Western Australian edition of the Budget IT prospecting tool. Budget IT WA will provide searchable and filterable listings for each and every ICT allocations contained in the 2011-12 Budget. Our research team has gone through the papers with a fine toothed comb, so that you don’t have to.