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Winners and Losers for ICT in Federal Budget

by Staff Writers •
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As expected, there were a range of cuts announced in the Federal budget that will impact Federal ICT spending. There were also a number of announcements that will result in new spending, including extra spending in Defence and Centerlink.

Some of the announcements in the 2008-08 budget that will clearly impact Federal ICT spending:

  • 2% productivity dividend imposed on Federal agencies for 2008-09
  • More than 3,000 public service positions to be cut
  • $3.8 billion in cuts to programs and Government services
  • Defence CIO Group allocated an additional $117 million over four years
  • Extra $13.3 million next year for Centrelink's IT Refresh project
  • $1.2 billion for computers-for-schools
  • $4.7 billion for a new fibre-to-the-node network and to extend the national broadband guarantee
  • $125.8 million over four years to establish the Cyber safety Plan
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