Information Technology : NSW has allocated at least $1.5 billion to key information technology and communications projects in the 2011-12 budget. The largest beneficiary is RailCorp with $128.94 million worth of ICT funding during the year, budget papers reveal. RailCorp has several projects underway that will receive funding injections, including a $12m passenger information system to improve customer communications. The Department of Health is second with a $124.07m allocation that will be used on a large body of work, including $25.37m for corporate systems and $20.27m for a community health and outpatient information system. The Public Transport Ticketing Corp will receive more than $110m to deliver an electronic ticketing system. Education and Training will put $102.95m into myriad projects as the government continues to support the department's five-year, $203m Learning Management and Business Reform (LMBR) project. More than $160m has been spent on the SAP-based LMBR since 2010. Businesslink, the government's outsourcing arm, will receive a total of $87.4m, including $74m for new projects. One of Businesslink's biggest undertakings will be a consolidated enterprise resource planning system at a cost of $21.42m. Sydney Water has been handed $58.5m to continue its work in support of major water projects. The Department of Finance and Services will receive $54.47m for a slew of items including $12.29m on information system enhancements.
Police will get $51.51m for a variety of projects such as $12.28m to upgrade its core operating policing system (COPS). The COPS revamp began in 2007 and is scheduled to be completed next year at a total cost of $45.9m. The Department of Attorney General and Justice will be given $28.52m for five projects but the bulk of its allocation will go to the court upgrade program, which includes Justice link and infrastructure. The Family and Community Services Department was granted $12.93m, while Hunter Water Corporation will have $10.9m in its kitty. The State Water Corp has allocated around $4m to its integrated surveillance monitoring, automation and remote telemetry (iSMART) program. iSMART kicked off in 2010 with an estimated cost of $11.15m until 2014. It covers more than 70 major dam, weir and regulator sites in regional NSW. Computer-aided river management solutions will receive a $3.26m boost. An electronic cataloguing program at state libraries will see $7.48m in funding. The project, which began in 2008, will run until next year at a total cost of $23.29m. Fire and Rescue NSW will receive a $4.46m allocation for its SAP human resources project. Premier Barry O'Farrell wants wireless hotspots installed in all rural and regional libraries. New mobile apps for citizen services and improved websites are also on the cards. Cloud computing options are being investigated by a handful of departments and agencies. Other major projects such as the strategic asset management review and water metering would have strong technology components although they weren't explicitly listed in budget papers. The state spends $2bn on information technology and communications and communications annually.