ACT tips in $24.28m for ICT in budget

Big projects include real time GPS passenger information system and data network infrastructure upgrades

The ACT government has allocated an additional $24.28 million to ICT projects in its 2010-11 budget, including $12.5 million for a real time passenger information system.

Just under $12 million will be available in the 2010-11 period, with the remainder evenly split across the following two years.

Taking the lion's share of the funding is the Department of Territory and Municipal Services, which will deploy a real time passenger information system as part of a $97 million funding package for the Transport for Canberra program.

The system is forecast to cost $12.5 million over three years and will be complemented by a raft of other transport-related developments such as new roads and cycle paths.

“To improve the reliability of our buses, the Budget provides $12.5 million over three years for a real‐time passenger information system which will provide accurate bus arrival information using GPS technology," ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Transport, Jon Stanhope, said in a statement.

Other winners in the budget include:

  • The Chief Minister’s Department, which will get $450,00 for a new injury prevention and management information system

  • The Shared Services Centre which pockets $6.12 million for data network infrastructure upgrades

  • Department of Justice and Community Safety Emergency Services Agency (ESA), which will receive $2.58 million for a mobile data solution project and $100,000 for a liquor reform for a safer community project

  • The ACT's Department of Education and Training, which will get $3.92 million over two years for its Year 12 Certification program, $160,000 over two years for a new online enrollment system, and $356,000 over two years for the design of a school staffing integrated management system.

  • The ACT Planning and Land Authority, which will get $360,000 for a new case management and data warehouse

  • The Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services, which receives $304,000 for a client information management system

  • And the Legal Aid Commission (ACT), which will be funded to the tune of $268,000 for a "New Directions Program – Phase 2" and $161,000 for an upgrade.

Read the budget papers.

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