The Victorian Coalition Government has reported yesterday it will be allocating $19 million over four years towards the technology portfolio as part of the 2013-14 Victorian State Budget.Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips made the announced yesterday, revealing that the 2013-14 Victorian State Budget provided new funding to support the implementation of the Victorian Government ICT Strategy, announced earlier this year.
“The ICT Strategy provides high-level direction on the use of ICT to deliver better government services and improve ICT management in Victoria and is supported by 50 specific actions. New funding will allow us to deliver on the key actions as set out in the ICT strategy and implement new initiatives to improve industry engagement and outcomes in ICT procurement, as well as improving management of ICT projects,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Technology is at the core of manufacturing activity in Victoria, and the funding is expected to assist the struggling manufacturing sector.
“The allocation of $19 million over four years for technology in the 2013-14 Victorian State Budget also supports the extension of core initiatives under Victoria’s Technology Plan for the Future – Information and Communication Technology. This includes support for growing our local companies and other industry development activities and ICT skills initiatives,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Mr Rich-Phillips revealed the Coalition Government is committed to a strong and competitive ICT industry in Victoria, stating that responsible financial management by the Coalition Government has enabled increased investment to further strengthen and grow capacity in Victoria’s ICT industry.