blog Not satisfied with terminating some 384 technology contractors already this year and running the axe over the IT department at the state’s education department, Queensland’s new LNP Government led by Premier Campbell Newman has now turned its attention to IT shared services unit CITEC. The Brisbane Times reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“brisbanetimes.com.au last night confirmed 80 jobs, not revealed in Tuesday’s state budget paper, will go from CITEC, the state government’s information technology arm.”
Queensland has also taken other measures in its efforts to cut IT-related costs across its operations. In a brief statement to Delimiter in July, Paul Campbell, executive officer of the state-funded ICT Industry Workgroup, confirmed that his office had had its funding cut, after a detailed report on ZDNet.com outed the situation. Also several weeks, new Queensland Technology Minister Ros Bates issued a media release noting that the state was planning to kick off a wide-ranging program aimed at cutting the amount of money it spent on printing. Bates said a senior level officer in each department would be assigned to manage and coordinate print services, including budget and consolidating print-related purchases.
It seems as if nobody working in IT right now in the Queensland Government is completely safe. I bet there are a lot of public sector technologists looking over their shoulder right now and trying to make sure they’re working on critical projects.