NSW Budget: ICT spend breakdown

A breakdown of the major ICT spend in the 2012-13 NSW Budget

The NSW Government has handed downs its 2012-13 Budget, revealing relatively modest investment in information and communications technology (ICT) and a strong focus on infrastructure investment.

Computerworld Australia brings you a breakdown of the major ICT investment for the 2012-13 year.

NSW Health In 2012-13, NSW Health will spend $2.3 million on implementing the NSW Organisational Risk Management System (NORMS). The project will “support identifying, notifying, managing, reporting and providing feedback on all clinical, occupational health and safety, property, security and hazard-related incidents,” according to the budget.

Education In 2012-13, the Department of Education and Communities will invest an estimated $447 million in school education services infrastructure . Of this, $62 million will be spent on continuing 16 major building projects and one information technology project.

$71 million will be spent on upgrading the Department’s information management systems for finance, human resources, payroll and student administration in order that the larger Learning Management and Business Reform project may proceed.

$85 million will be spent on TAFE education services infrastructure including $14 million for eight major new TAFE building projects and two new information technology projects, and $62 million for various upgrades and additions including a learning management and business reform project and a TAFE e-learning project.

Police In 2012-13, The NSW Police Force will invest an estimated $152 million in capital infrastructure in 2012-13, of which $39 million will be spent on technology upgrades.

“Information processing and operational capacity will be improved through the ongoing upgrade of the Police Force’s core operational policing system, the continued roll-out of digital closed-circuit television in police stations, phase 2 of an ICT equipment upgrade, a SAP technical upgrade, a LiveScan hardware refurbishment, a shared image management system storage extension, the Court Outcomes Enhancement project and the next phase of the Joined Up Justice project,” the budget reads.

Courts In 2012-13, the Attorney General’s Division will invest an estimated $98 million in court infrastructure, including information systems support, in 2012-13. Of this $98 million, $18 million is expected to be spend on continuing technology upgrades to the following systems: enterprise finance, justice infrastructure renewal, the next phase of Joined Up Justice, jury management, LifeLink (Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages) and justice information access.

Utilities In the area of water, Sydney Water will in 2012-13 spend $61 million will IT assets and systems will be upgraded to support business efficiency improvements.

In the area of power transmission, TransGrid will also spend $84 million on ICT projects, including replacing the Sydney West control room, improving information technology, upgrading communications and optical fibres and replacing secondary systems.

Rail In 2012-13, RailCorp will spend $50 million on a digital train radio project aimed at updating train radio systems with digital technology to improve network communications.

Arts and culture In 2012-13, The State Library will spend $5 million on a heritage discovery and asset management system involving an upgrade to its core ICT technology systems and platforms, which underpin its service delivery to clients onsite and online.

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