1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2005  
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The ABS has conducted a number of surveys of government expenditure on ICT over the past decade. The most recent survey was conducted in respect of 2002-03 and a summary of results is shown in table 23.11.

Of the 30,733 ICT employees in all levels of government, Commonwealth Government (including higher education) account for 49%, state and territory governments 43%, and local government 8%. ICT employees accounted for 5% of Commonwealth Government's total employment which compares with 2% for all levels of government.

Total selected ICT operating expenses for all levels of government was $6.7b. Of this, wages and salaries of ICT employees was 25%, payments to contractors and consultants for ICT services was 25%, telecommunication services was 23% and ICT hardware operating expenses represented 18%.

Total ICT capital expenditure for all levels of government was $2.3b, with ICT hardware making up 58% and software 42%.


23.11 GOVERNMENT ICT EMPLOYMENT AND ICT EXPENDITURE - 2002-03

Indicator
Units
Commonwealth
Government(a)
State/territory
government(b)
Local
government(c)
Total

ICT employees
no.
15,016
13,180
2,536
30,733
ICT employees as a percentage of total employment
%
4.5
1.4
1.6
2.2
Selected ICT operating expenses:
Wages and salaries of ICT employees
$m
836
710
143
1,689
Hardware
$m
515
611
84
1,209
Software
$m
269
291
71
631
Telecommunication services
$m
676
755
111
1,542
Contractors and consultants for ICT services
$m
811
766
101
1,678
Total
$m
3,106
3,135
509
6,749
Total selected ICT operating expenses as a percentage of total operating expenses
%
7
4
3
5
ICT capital expenditure:
Hardware
$m
616
633
100
1,349
Software(d)
$m
485
430
69
984
Total
$m
1,101
1,063
169
2,333

(a) Includes higher education.
(b) Includes state/territory general government, vocational and school education.
(c) Includes local government authorities and other administrative bodies such as regional councils.
(d) Includes computer software developed in-house.

Source: Government Technology, Australia, 2002-03 (8119.0).


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