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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.


  • 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


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • 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


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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