Qld budget lifts IT funds

The Queensland government has earmarked extra funds in its 1998-99 Budget to lift its year 2000 war chest to $151 million.

Another $15 million was allocated in the Budget to ensure year 2000 compliance of critical business systems. That comes in addition to the $136 million in anticipated expenditures on millennium bug fixes, which will be met from existing departmental allocations. The extra $15 million will be held by Treasury in a special kitty on which all departments will be able to draw to ensure their critical systems are 2000-ready.

The fresh infusion of 2000 funding is part of $120 million allocated to IT&T projects in the State Budget. The bulk of that spending, nearly $51 million, will occur in education. The budget sets aside an additional $26 million over the next two years for the Connect-ED project to improve digital communications to state schools and link them to the Internet.

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