What the NSW Budget has in store for local partners

What the NSW Budget has in store for local partners

The state government commits more than $1 billion to a variety of IT projects

Policing for Tomorrow Technology Fund - $51.0 million

This $51 million capital for 2017-18 is expected to continue implementation of the four year, $100 million Policing for Tomorrow Technology Fund, providing the NSW Police Force with state-of-the-art technology to fight crime and enhance officer mobility.

Biodiversity reform digital and ICT platforms - $18.1 million

This funding is being pumped into key digital and IT tools to support the operation of the Biodiversity Reforms and new biodiversity offsets scheme. It will also support integrated IT systems across Office of Environment and Heritage and Local Land Services

NSW Electoral Commission online systems - $12.8 million

The NSW Government has pledged $10.3 million in recurrent funds for online systems and $12.8 million in capital expenditure from 2017-18 to 2020-21, which will include an end-to-end solution for the disclosure of political donations, expenditure and the lodgment of public funding claims, and improvements to the iVote system.

Acceleration of online housing approvals - $11.8 million

This ePlanning funding is for the Stage 3 acceleration of the state government’s online housing approvals operation. It includes a cloud-based development approvals assessment system for regional councils and small metropolitan councils with low capability.

This system is aimed at replacing disparate paper processes with electronic workflows of the NSW Planning Portal to reduce delays in the planning system.

The funding announcements come amid a state surplus of $2.7 billion in 2017-18 and surpluses forecast over the next four years, negative net debt in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

The 2017-18 Budget also contains funding to help boost small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and startups in the state, with the NSW Government pledging insurance tax cuts for small businesses from 1 January 2018 to reduce costs and support jobs growth.

Other initiatives totalling $30.5 million will support business advisory services, help reduce red tape and drive innovation, including funding for more than 60 advisers through the state’s Business Connect program.

“From 1 January 2018, small businesses with a turnover of less than $2 million will be exempt from paying duties on insurance for commercial vehicles, professional indemnity and public liability,” NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, said in his Budget speech.

“And in recognition of the importance of the digital economy, we are developing a co-location hub in the Sydney CBD for startups, at a cost of $20 million,” he said. 

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