Budget 2010-11: What's in it for ICT?

The Federal Government last night delivered a scaled back budget with the aim of returning it to surplus and reducing debt. So far it's been described as a 'no thrills, no frills' performance. But what's in it for ICT?

Here are the major winners for ICT in the 2010-11 federal budget:

* $466.7 million will go to the development of a "personally controlled electronic health records". The move is being pitched as a "key building block of the National Health and Hospitals Network".

* The National Broadband Network (NBN) has already funds allocated, but last night the Government also tipped in $12.9 million to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and $2.1 million to the Department of Finance and Deregulation to help with policy and regulatory measures, contract oversight and management of NBN Co shares.

* On the mandatory ISP-level filter, the Government said it "will reallocate existing cyber-safety funding of $40.8 million available over five years and provide additional ongoing funding of $3.0 million per annum". It restated its plan to introduce legislation to require all ISPs to run a filter of refused classification material hosted on overseas servers.

* The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will get $24 million over five years to set up and administer the NBN's regulatory arrangements.