Technology projects across health, emergency services and law enforcement litter this year’s NSW budget, buoyed by a healthy $4.5 billion surplus.
Digital service delivery has once again featured prominently, with $13 million to bring more digital services and transactions to Service NSW users, and $8.4 million to roll out digital drivers licences.
But it is NSW Health that has received the bulk of IT funding this year for two major projects that were first touted last year.
Another big splash of cash - $178 million over two years - was alllocated to the consolidation of the state’s 70 emergency services communication networks into a single state-wide radio network.
NSW Police has been handed more than half the funding previously announced as part of the $100 million Policing For Tomorrow Technology Fund. The 2017-18 dollars will continue the rollout of body worn video cameras, portable narcotic analysers, mobile fingerprint scanners and tablets.
Treasury got $9.9 million for its financial management transformation (FMT), which saw the 2017 budget become the first to be delivered on the new Oracle-based ‘Prime’ financial management and reporting system.
And the NSW Electoral Commission will receive around $23 million over four years to improve and secure its online systems, including $5.4 million to overhaul its iVote platform.
Other newly funded measures in the budget include:
- $156 million for Sydney Water’s customer experience project, involving the replacement of its ERP and billing platforms
- $1 billion for school IT infrastructure and equipment over four years
- $18 million for digital and IT platforms to underpin biodiversity reforms
- $17 million over two years to enhance the functionality of the ePlanning system
- $11.8 million for a cloud-based DA assessment for regional councils and small metropolitan councils
- $9.4 million for an online portal and red tape reduction to make it easier to start a small business
- $8.9 million to continue to provide shared ICT, payroll and accounting services to NSW agencies through GovConnect
- $8.8 million over four years to maintain the Emergency Alert warning system
- A portion of $8 million to support the transition of the NSW land title and registry system to a paperless electronic based conveyancing system, and
- $7.1 million over three years to improve the electronic case management systems at Legal Aid and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.