Queensland Budget nets $120m for IT&T

Queensland Budget nets $120m for IT&T

Queensland's Coalition Government is furthering the "Information Queensland" strategy to the tune of $120 million in its 1998 budget.

Approximately $50.9 million over the 1998/99 financial year will go to State schools to integrate computers into the curriculum, provide schools with LANs, and connect classrooms to the Internet.

In addition, $25.9 million will go to Connect-Ed telecommunications infrastructure project over the next two years. Connect-Ed is a program to connect all State schools to the Internet.

Some $7.58 million has been designated to upgrade IT in Queensland's courts and non-adversarial dispute resolution services.

Queensland Government departments are expected to spend more than $136 million over the next two years on Y2K rectification work. Most of the expenditure will come out of existing department allocations. The budget provides $15 million for Y2K work on business critical systems.

Libraries will receive $900,000 over two years from the budget, to improve access to information. A further $250,000 will extend the Archives Automation project.

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