Qld Govt hails its IT cost cuts

The Queensland Government is patting itself on the back for orchestrating lower broadband telecommunication costs and cutting public sector software procurement costs.

Wholesale prices of broadband services between Brisbane and Cairns have dropped by two-thirds, according to a progress report on government information and communication technology initiatives.

The report traces the improvement to establishment of the Reef Network, which created a second fibre-optic backbone between the two centres.

It also credits a whole-of-government desktop software pact with Microsoft for saving Queensland taxpayers $57 million over the past four years.

ICT activity in the State Government's 26 departments and agencies last financial year hit record levels, according to Innovation and Information Economy Minister Paul Lucas.

Other highlights listed in the report were:

* rollout of the ICT Skills Training and Role Models Program, assisting 5000 Queenslanders to develop ICT skills.

* development of the i.lab technology incubator to assist startups, creating more than 70 jobs and 13 internships.

* release of the state's first e-commerce strategy in January 2001.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Pete Young

Computerworld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?