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(4) Cloud computing is a significant shift in how ICT services are delivered and managed, requiring many business, legal and security and privacy considerations to ensure quality outcomes. As such, each cloud solution needs to be assessed on its merits to ensure the desired outcome is achieved.

Information technology—strategies and rollouts (Question No 568)

Mr Doszpot asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 19 November 2015 (redirected to the Minister for Economic Development):

(1) What is the reasoning behind the transfer of Digital Canberra from Government Strategy to Innovation, Trade and Investment.

(2) Why have there been delays in the rollout of the Digital Canberra Action Plan.

(3) How many Canberrans/visitors have used CBR free over the past year.

(4) Why have the rollout completion dates for Canberra town centres been continually delayed.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Policy and Cabinet Branch in the former Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate originally coordinated the development of the Digital Canberra Action Plan. As the Digital Canberra Action Plan moved into implementation phase it was timely to transfer management to a program delivery area. The Innovation, Trade and Investment Branch also has close links with industry and Canberra's innovation community, which is of value in implementing the Digital Canberra Action Plan.

(2) The Digital Canberra Action Plan has an implementation timeframe of 2014 to 2018.

(3) The monthly number of unique users of CBRfree was around 15,000 in October 2014 compared to 30,000 in October 2015. As more CBRfree area footprints come on line, this usage data will naturally increase. Usage data is publically available at www.digitalcanberra.com.au.

(4) There have been delays in the rollout of CBRfree due to the need to upgrade the wiring within light poles on which outdoor Wireless Access Points (WAPs) are mounted. This is to meet Australian Standards.

Coordinating the rollout of CBRfree with Roads ACT's street light upgrade program, to maximise the cost effectiveness, has had scheduling challenges. The rollout of CBRfree to Dickson, Belconnen and Manuka was completed in October 2015. The Government is aiming to have the rollout to Tuggeranong and Kingston completed by March 2016 and the full rollout of CBRfree by the end of the 2015-16 financial year.


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