Budget 2010: spending the Gershon savings

As promised, 50 per cent of business-as-usual savings made at the suggestion of the Gershon Review have been ploughed back into tech projects.
Written by Suzanne Tindal, Contributor

As promised, 50 per cent of savings made from business-as-usual operations at the suggestion of the Gershon Review have been ploughed back into tech projects.

A total of $113.6 million will go towards the development of 41 ICT projects over the next four years in the aim to improve agency efficiency.

Some of the projects include:

  • $11.9 million over three years for the Federal Government's whole-of-government datacentre strategy. Ongoing administration costs of the strategy from 2013/14 will be met by agencies. The government believes it will save $1 billion over the next 10 to 15 years by implementing the strategy.
  • $40 million of the funding required for an over $100 million Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade passport system revamp to meet increased passport demand and improve security and fraud prevention.
  • An undisclosed amount for a Central Budget Management system to underpin the financial management of the government and provide accurate information — the amount was not disclosed due to commercial confidentiality.
  • $5.1 million on new datacentres for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
  • $14.7 million for virtualisation in Centrelink, and $8 million for providing shared services to its new sister Human Services agencies.
  • $0.9 million to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for an identity life cycle management system and $0.8 million on thin client for regional and rural sites.
  • $3.4 million in total to the Bureau of Meteorology to build an Australian data archive of common software architecture, to hold a virtualisation project and to upgrade business systems.
  • $2.9 million to invest in storage facilities for Geoscience Australia.
  • $5.6 million for Medicare to enhance pathology claims and remove hard coding from medical assessing.

The projects were expected to deliver $1.7 million in savings to the budget via efficiencies.

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