Budget 2015: AU$31.4m to be saved on ERP systems

The Australian government has outlined a raft of savings it expects to achieve as a result of consolidation of IT systems and processes across the public sector.
Written by Josh Taylor, Contributor

The Australian government is pushing to save AU$31.4 million in two years' time through the consolidation of several back-office systems across a number of government agencies.

In the 2015-16 Budget released on Tuesday, the government said AU$14.1 million and AU$17.3 million is expected to be saved in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years, respectively, through "reforming back-office information technology systems", including business applications for managing business processes.

"The number of Enterprise Resource Planning systems will be consolidated to reduce the costs from running multiple platforms and to deliver more common business processes," the government stated.

The savings will go back to "repairing the Budget" and to fund policy priorities rather than back to the agencies.

An additional AU$12.9 million to be saved in this consolidation in the Department of Defence will be reinvested into Defence.

The government is also expecting to save AU$13.7 million over four years through coordinated procurement arrangements for IT products and services through the Department of Finance. The savings again will go back to repairing the Budget and funding policy priorities.

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