Victorian budget reveals $400m digital spending spree by 2025-26

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The Victorian government announced plans to spend over $400m on digital initiatives by 2025-26 in its latest budget, with around $173.5m planned for 2022-23.

According to the state budget documents for 2022-23, the bulk of government spending will go to the digital strategy and transformation of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministry, at $115.7 million.

Of this amount, $63.2 million will be given to Service Victoria to provide more digital services with “new channels for simple and fast interactions with the government”, and an additional $23.3 million will be spent in this area. in 2023-2024.

The coming financial year will also see $4.4 million spent on government datasets for the state government’s Insights Victoria platform, monitoring and reporting on public health and mobility trends, as well as as using cross-portfolio data and analytics to track deployment. and the progress of economic recovery initiatives.

In addition, $600,000 is to be spent on data integration to support the government’s early intervention investment framework and $200,000 on child labor monitoring and screening of National Scheme workers. disability insurance (NDIS).

Meanwhile, $36 million will be granted to support the state control center, which is used for emergency services, part of which will be devoted to data analysis and digital infrastructure.

Education also saw a boost with a total of $28.9 million in the coming fiscal year, including $3.7 million to be used for cybersecurity and $25.2 million for health. upgraded software tools for students, staff and administrators.

In 2023-24, the tool upgrade is expected to bring in an additional $25.7 million, followed by $26.2 million in 2024-25 and $26.7 million in 2025-26.

Victoria Public Health Services will also receive $19 million in the next fiscal year, with funding for network infrastructure for patient-related services such as pathology, diagnostic imaging and patient management.

Additional funding will also go towards strengthening cybersecurity measures for Victoria Public Health Services and Ambulance Victoria.

The Birth, Death and Marriage Registry will receive an additional $3.9 million this fiscal year and $2.5 million next fiscal year, the budget documents note, with funding to be used for its continued development. call-taking capability and the definition and development of a front-end service based on Service Victoria.

To help courts manage the new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, $9.1 million will be spent in 2022-23 and $1.9 million in 2023-24 to establish a integrated MCV service to manage digital public enquiries, provide contact center services, improve online access and automation, reduce pressure on in-person services across multiple courthouses, and increase throughput of law courts.

The Birth, Death and Marriage Registry will receive an additional $3.9 million this fiscal year and $2.5 million next fiscal year, the budget documents note, with funding to be used for its continued development. call-taking capability and the definition and development of a front-end service based on Service Victoria.

The Victorian Consumer Marketplace will also receive $1 million in 2022-23 and $100,000 in 2023-24 to “harmonize processes across multiple consumer contact services” to reduce wait times.

An unspecified amount of funding will be injected into the extension of the digital-focused SummerTech LIVE work-integrated learning program, which focuses on students who gain job-ready skills and employment opportunities through the development of technical solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The state government is also launching a third round of its Small Business Digital Adoption Scheme to help Victorian businesses acquire digital tools and support 300 work placements under a new Digital Jobs Stream for manufacturing in its digital jobs program.

Although the budget documents make no mention of cloud technologies, the release of the 2022-23 budget comes six months after the Victorian government launched a five-year digitization strategy to prioritize platforms cloud-based and artificial intelligence (AI) programs in November last year.

According to the state strategy document, the Victorian government said it would “design for the cloud” and only invest in on-premises infrastructure if the cloud was “unsuitable”.

As part of an effort to ‘simplify operations and unlock efficiencies’, the government said it plans to replace fragmented legacy systems and remove ‘complex processes and duplication of effort’ .



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