An Australian state government needed to stimulate economic growth through making investments in digital infrastructure and skills. At the same time it needed to improve the user experience of public services and reduce its dependence on big IT contracts.
In June 2020, the New South Wales Government announced it would form a Digital Restart Fund to make the state the digital capital of the southern hemisphere. The Digital Restart Fund is the first of its kind in the world.
A powerful committee was set up to oversee a new funding process for all Digital and ICT investments.
New South Wales announced it would invest $1.6 billion into the Digital Restart Fund.
New South Wales has put a hard stop on any IT contracts over $20 million.