The Federal Government awarded $300 million less in ICT contracts over the past financial year, bringing its spending back in line with 2009-10 levels.
The value of reported contracts for ICT hardware and software fell from $2.9 billion in 2010-11 to $2.6 billion in 2011-12. In 2009-10, contract values totalled $2.5 billion.
After what appeared to be a major server refresh in 2010-11, with $778 million in contracts awarded, server contracts crashed to $96 million in 2011-12.
Software was a bright spot, with the total value of awarded contracts rising from $639 million in 2010-11 to $948 million in 2011-12.
Big money was also spent on communications devices and accessories. Total contract value year-on-year rose from $212 million to $638 million.
Telephony equipment spending also rose from $13 million to $65 million in the space of a year, though spending on data voice and multimedia network equipment stagnated.
Contracts for IT services — which are listed in a broader category of 'engineering, research and technology services' — fell $300 million in value year-on-year, again broadly in line with 2009-10 results. The value of technology services contracts was not broken out.
The report looks at contracts worth at least $10,000 awarded to third-party suppliers. It does not take into account "inter-agency transactions" where one agency supplies another products or services.