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Introduction

This report takes a forensic look at Australian government IT initiatives for 2016–17. It examines key economic challenges driving government policy, IT initiatives in the Australian federal budget 2016–17, and key government election commitments.

Highlights

  • The government's big challenge is not just about driving change, but about driving change that is good for the community at large.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies all the IT initiatives found in the Australian Federal Budget 2016–17.
  • Analyzes the government's election commitments.

Key questions answered

  • What are the government IT commitments found in the 2016–17 Australian federal budget?
  • What IT directions did the federal government commit to during the 2016 election?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Setting the context

  • It has been the best of times and the worst of times

Broad economic indicators show the Australian economy is healthy, but addicted to deficit budgets

  • The economic big picture underlines the need for close attention from the government
  • Australia's employment levels compare well with other developed economies
  • Australia's economic growth is flat, but compares well in international benchmarks
  • Australia has become addicted to spending more than it earns

Government election commitments in 2016

  • Election commitments deliver a focus on driving digital transformation
  • Detailed analysis of the coalition election commitments

Detailed budget analysis by portfolio

  • IT spending and savings measures
  • Cross portfolio
  • Agriculture and water resources
  • Attorney General's
  • Education and training
  • Environment
  • Finance
  • Foreign affairs and trade
  • Health
  • Immigration and border protection
  • Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Treasury
  • Veterans' affairs

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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