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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2003   
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Contents >> Communications and Information Technology >> Government use of information technology

During 1999-2000, government organisations spent an estimated $4.3b, or 5% of total government operating expenditure, on IT&T. By level of government, Federal government expenditure on IT&T was 7% of total Federal government operating expenditure, state/territory expenditure on IT&T was 4% of total state/territory operating expenditure, and local government expenditure on IT&T was 2% of total local government operating expenditure.

Federal departments and agencies accounted for just under half (47%) of the total government expenditure on IT&T. State/territory departments and agencies accounted for slightly less (45%) and local government accounted for the balance (8%).

IT&T outsourcing expenses in 1999-2000 were $1,168m, or 27% of the total IT&T expenditure by government organisations. While the ratio of IT&T outsourcing expenses to total IT&T operating expenses showed little variation between the Federal Government and state/territory governments, at 29% and 27% respectively, a ratio of only 15% was reported by local government.

During 1999-2000, total IT&T operating expenses per employee were $4,800. However, there was considerable variation across the three levels of government, with total IT&T operating expenses estimated at $9,500 per Federal government employee, $3,600 per state/territory government employee and $2,300 per local government employee.

IT&T employees accounted for only 2% of total employment of government organisations at the end of June 2000. Federal departments and agencies had the highest proportion of IT&T employees to total employment (4%), compared to 1% for both state/territory and local government departments and agencies.

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