NSW parliament to ditch Lotus Notes

Budget also allocates $23 million for strategic whole-of-government ICT projects, including data centre reform

The New South Wales legislature will ditch Lotus Notes state budget papers released today reveal. The 2014-15 state budget sets aside $1.8 million over the next year to begin to replace the parliament’s “Lotus Notes/Domino infrastructure achieving efficiency and productivity gains”.

The budget also includes $23 million on strategic whole-of-government ICT projects government, including data centre reform and government licensing.

NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Dominic Perrottet, also announced $148 million for spending on shared services for the government including ICT, as well as procurement, fleet, HR, finance and business services.

“Key areas of funding for the Office of Finance and Services for 2014-15 include strengthening collection of state revenue and debt recovery efforts, greater development of spatial data and mapping capabilities, and reforms to procurement and management of fleet vehicles, information and communications technology and other services,” the minister said in a statement.

The budget also included $22 million for digitisation projects by State Records Authority NSW which “help to make the vast collection more accessible [and] preserve our state’s history for future generations to enjoy,” Perrottet said.

Other ICT spending in the budget included $3 million for the Audit Office of New South Wales to upgrade IT systems, $2.7 million for upgrading the Environment Protection Authority IT systems including “enhancing online licensing and mobile workforce capabiliy”, and funding for Treasury’s multi-year Financial Management Transformation (FMT) Program.

In the budget the NSW Department of Police and Justice received $81.9 million over the next four years for videoconferencing and ICT upgrades.

$83 million was set aside from the capital works program for "e-Health/improved ICT support for patient care (including funding to ensure rural hospitals/healthfacilities have sufficient network capacity to access electronic patient data; funding to upgrade ICT systems; funding to deliver the second stage ofthe HealtheNet project to design and begin development of an integrated care portal for doctors, patients and other providers," a statement from the office of the health minister, Jillian Skinner, said.

A four year program Department of Family and Community Services called Safe Home for Life will include spending $100 million on IT, including steps to improve mobility of caseworkers and increase sharing of information between DFCS and non-government organisations.

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