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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    $40 million in Budget to accelerate Queensland’s digital transformation

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    $40 million in Budget to accelerate Queensland’s digital transformation

    The Palaszczuk Government will boost its investment in Queensland’s digital transformation with $40 million in new funding in the 2017-18 State Budget.

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, Leeanne Enoch, said the extra funds in the $419.6 million budget for the Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation would help continue to digitalise government services, transform the delivery of scientific information, and safeguard state records for the future.

    “A revolution is sweeping our economy. Our challenge is to improve government service delivery against this backdrop of digital transformation, open up our data to provide the building blocks for the knowledge economy and make better use of government data to unlock Queensland’s full potential,” Ms Enoch said.

    Transforming dealing with government

    The 2017-18 Budget includes an allocation of $20 million to continue transforming government services through the One-Stop Shop program.

    “We are working to make it easier for Queenslanders to interact with the State Government,” Ms Enoch said.

    “One Stop Shop works with all tiers of government and partners to provide customers easy access to information and services, and over the next year we will inject $20 million to continue transforming government services.

    “Our customers expect us to deliver an experience similar to other organisations they interact with. A great example of the better services being delivered is an online seniors’ concessions service which streamlines access to concessions for people over 65.

    “This has reduced the processing time of applications from 20 days to one day. Understandably this service has received overwhelming positive feedback.”

    Access to digital records

    Ms Enoch said the community would also benefit from a project to provide ready access to digital records held by the government.

    “Funding of $12.7 million over two years will support the first stage of a digital archive solution, helping keep the most significant records of our state safe,” she said.

    “Every day the Queensland Government creates and receives digital records while providing vital services to the community. This funding recognises the importance of this work, which ensures the ongoing preservation and useability of the state’s records, regardless of technology changes.”

    Delivering science services

    To modernise the delivery of science services, the government is providing additional funding of $6.2 million in 2017-18 for the first phase of the Science ICT Remediation and Renewal Program.

    Ms Enoch said the program supported the Accelerating Science Delivery Innovation Strategy, which aimed to transform delivery of scientific information in Queensland.

    “It will allow us to ensure that scientific information is not only integrated, coherent and reliable, but provides new and more accessible scientific insights and data, and supports quality decision-making across government,” she said.

    “It will enable the government and community to exploit science data to its full potential, ensuring better protection of our pristine natural environment and the sustainable management of our natural resource base.” 

    Boost for Open Data

    Open Data will receive an additional $1.1 million over two years to increase the publication of high-value data sets and improve visualisation of data.

    “The work that will be delivered under the Open Data initiative will enable access to free, useable Queensland Government data to encourage the growth of new and innovative services, projects and businesses,” Ms Enoch said.

    The Open Data initiative supports the government’s innovation agenda by providing datasets to the research sector and industry to support new services and the knowledge economy.

    “This investment in ICT accelerates the digital transformation of government services into the era of open data and data-intensive business,” Ms Enoch said.

    “I am proud of the immense amount of work underway by this government to lead Queensland into the digital era.

    “By protecting what we have and ensuring confidence in all we do, we provide a strong foundation for Queensland to truly be the state of innovation.”

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