Budget 2019 IT measures in brief: the list so far

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Budget 2019 IT measures in brief: the list so far

Budget 2019: An overview take on where tech money is flowing this year...

When it comes to government technology spend, rats, mice and mid-sized items abound. Here's iTnews'  first take of what projects are in play from the big to the small.

  • $249.8 million to pilot key elements of a new employment services model that includes “digital employment servicing" prior to national rollout.
  • $128.8 million for the expansion of the government’s cashless debit card scheme, which will include further enhancements to supporting technology.
  • $80 million for data infrastructure to support the government’s ten-year investment plan for the Medical Research Future Fund.
  • $67.1 million for the Digital Transformation Agency to accelerate development of its GovPass digital identity system.
  • $38.4 million for the establishment of “risk-based compliance and information sharing systems in the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission”.
  • $25.1 million for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to respond to privacy complaints in a timely manner, as well as strengthen enforcement around social media and online platform that breach privacy regulations.
  • $20.1 million for the Department of Education and Training to simplify student access to education and training records through the expansion of the unique student identifier and the creation of a centralised repository.
  • $11.7 million for the Commonwealth Grants Commission to improve its ICT capacity.
  • $10 million for the National Library of Australia to create a fund that will enable continued digitisation of the NLA’s significant collection and expand its availability through its online database, Trove. 
  • $10 million for the rollout of smart technology infrastructure in Adelaide’s city centre under the previously announced Adelaide City deal.
  • $8.5 million for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities to design a freight data hub and establish a freight data exchange pilot to allow industry to access freight data in real-time.
  • $7.8 million for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to establish the already announced national public register of child sex offences.
  • $4 million for the Department of Education and Training to improve the operation of the national child care subsidy system and the inclusion of a support portal to “reduce administrative burden on service providers”.
  • $2 million for the Department of Communications and the Arts to conduct a feasibility study for improving digital connectivity in Western Australia’s Grainbelt region.
  • An undisclosed amount of funding for the Department of Parliamentary Services to upgrade Parliament House’s mobile phone antenna.
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