The 2010-2011 Budget is a win for IT resellers and vendors, according to an analyst.
Ovum research director for public sector, Kevin Noonan, said healthcare, security/intelligence and biometric measures were the biggest winners for the IT industry with plenty of money flowing into all three sections.
“We usually see a number of large to medium scale projects that have a lot of IT in them,” he said. “This time around we’re seeing targeted activity. When you dig under the covers you see lots of IT.
“I wouldn’t say its visionary or that it’s a big spending budget, but we were never led to think that. The Treasurer, Wayne Swan, promised a workman-like budget and that’s what he delivered.”
Noonan said the Business as Usual (BAU) fund had $113.6m and was reinvesting savings as promised by the Government. He listed e-passport, datacentre strategy and the Department of Finance’s central budget management system as chances for IT resellers and solutions providers to get taxpayer dollars.
“The industry has also been complaining about needing separate security clearances for each agency it works with,” he said. “We now have money in the budget for a central security agency within defence to fix that problem.”
The Government is pumping $100.8m into developing a new centralised passport IT system and $48.4m of this will be capital funding. $11.9m from the BAU fund will go into getting more data centre facilities and services.
But one of the biggest winners buried deep in Government jargon was an extra $38 million to be spent over the next three years implementing the findings of the Moran Report.
The report’s recommendations were recently accepted in full by the Federal Government and detail a wide range of technology goals for the Australian Public Service (APS).
“The report gives the business drivers for IT development and lays out where the public service needs to be – it’s got IT written all over it,” he said.
“There will be systems integration money there no matter what – this budget is one they should pay close attention to.”
Other figures to look out for:
- $467m over two years for a unified health record system
- $300m in Aussie Infrastructure Bonds to get pumped into the NBN
- $100.8m over six years for a new passport issuing system
- $69.4m over two years for a biometric-based visa system
- $23.6m to prevent ID theft by using the Government Document Verifications scheme
- $24m for new analytical technology for the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)
- $16m on ads and marketing to convince Australians to hop vote for the NBN
- $11.9m for more Government data centres
- $3m for Cyber Safety projects, including filtering
- $1.7m for the National Emergency call centre surge capacity