Australian government sector IT spending is forecast to exceed $13 billion in 2021, an increase of 6.2 per cent from 2020, according to Gartner. The majority of the spend will go to IT services and software, around $5.5 billion and $3.4 billion respectively. Gartner’s figures include all levels of government –

The West Australian government has signed an agreement with Amazon Web Services to better procure its cloud services. The agreement means state agencies, local governments and universities will not need to negotiate separate contract terms in their deals with AWS.  WA has a cloud first ICT strategy, using the services

Oracle announced that it has established a new whole-of-government (WofG) arrangement with the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), to make it easier for government agencies to purchase Oracle products and services. The Australian government has similar agreements with Microsoft and AWS. Oracle says the arrangement is set to bring increased cost-savings,

Australia is the 12th most “digitally ready” country in the world, led by the ACT and NSW, according to analysis by Cisco, which says the government’s goal of becoming a leading digital economy by 2030 is not a pipe dream. Singapore is now the clear world leader after a rapid

Build it yourself, establish a skills pipeline and pay public servants market rates. That’s how Singapore built world leading digital capabilities within government, according to one of its architects, Chan Cheow Hoe. Chan, the Chief Digital Technology Officer of Singapore’s Government Technology Agency says developing digital capabilities and services in

Nearly one in every six Australian government web sites do not use the standard security protocol for protecting users’ data, researchers have found, with several federal departments failing to properly protect more than a third of their sites. A Security Audit of Australian Government Websites by cyber experts from Macquarie

Business and technology industry groups welcomed Tuesday night’s historic budget but the public sector union is lamenting another missed opportunity to build internal ICT capacity.  The budget included a swathe of announcements for funding of technology initiatives in the Australian Public Service and support for businesses as part of a

An A$800 million JobMaker Digital Business Plan has been released this week to support economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the package is: targeted at building on this digital transformation of Australian businesses to drive productivity and income growth and create jobs. The plan includes

The federal government has announced a plan to increase the sharing of citizen data across the public sector. This would include data sitting with agencies such as Centrelink, the Australian Tax Office, the Department of Home Affairs, the Bureau of Statistics and potentially other external “accredited” parties such as universities

The NSW government is consolidating its more than 750 websites currently running on 35 different content management systems to deliver a “unified, customer-centric” experience for citizens when they interact with the state government online. A redesigned beta site has launched offering a preview of how the consolidated platform will