Government agencies around Australia have begun to open up their wallets to increase spending on ICT initiatives.
The Federal Government, NSW, Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania have all announced new projects with spending to cover a variety of technologies and services, including e-health and upgrading IT equipment in the defence forces.
First off the rank was the Federal Government’s ICT spending strategy with the Department of Defence flagging the importance of technology in modern warfare.
For ICT the focus has been placed on: Cyber warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities; and networked systems, with improved capabilities for linking sensors, weapons systems and commanders to their personnel.
In the states, the Victorian Government announced its plans to spend approximately $95 million on enhancing the delivery of technology services, along with other projects. It is also investing about $56 million to help upgrade emergency services communications technology.
In the ACT, $90 million will be placed towards e-health initiatives, while NSW is anticipating placing $100 million towards a project to turn approximately 250 hospitals towards a more digital environment, over paper-based systems.
The Tasmanian Government also named a panel of 12 resellers for the Information and Communications Technology Hardware Contract known as C150, which includes the supply, maintenance, installation and related services for products such as Microsoft Windows-compatible desktop computers including thin clients, laptop and tablet computers, along with warranty and hardware maintenance services.
It also involves selected services and peripheral equipment such as network or graphics cards, multimedia drivers, memory upgrades, keyboards, mice, monitors, and laptop bags.