The NSW State Treasurer, Eric Roozendaal, has maintained that NSW is Australia’s leading state for ICT, despite the National Broadband Network picking Melbourne as the home for its operations and testing facility.
Speaking at the opening of a $5 million call centre run by Macquarie Telecom, Roozendaal said he understood the reasons why Melbourne was chosen.
“We would’ve preferred to have it in Sydney,” he said. “There’ll be plenty more opportunities in future and we’ll continue to work with the private sector to encourage facilities like this one.”
The Treasurer said any claims by Victorian Premier, John Brumby, that NSW wasn’t the nation’s leading home for ICT could be disputed using statistics.
He also said NSW having five ministers in charge of State Government ICT in the last three years was not damaging.
“43 per cent of ICT businesses are based in NSW, about 37 per cent of all the jobs in ICT are based in NSW and Sydney clearly leads,” he said. “All of the infrastructure is in place in terms of Commerce and it continues to deliver.”
When asked about the recent breakdown of Queensland’s whole-of-Government SAP payroll system implementation by IBM, Roozendaal said he recognised the risks as NSW’s steps down the same path.
“We’re certainly aware of the challenges Queensland has faced and we are vigilant in ensuring the introduction of changes in our payroll systems and systems generally are done in a smoother way,” he said.