Digital projects get $1.6b boost in NSW

Heather McNab

A significant cybersecurity investment makes up part of a $1.6 billion commitment promised by the NSW government to accelerate digital projects for the state.

The injection to the Digital Restart Fund - which aims to accelerate whole-of-government digital transformation - includes $240 million to improve the cybersecurity capability, enhancing digital experience across state agencies and providing more government services online and through Service NSW.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet championed the funding.

"This record investment in technology recognises that digital infrastructure is as important as transport infrastructure to the state's economic growth," he said on Thursday.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the funding would allow the state government to turbocharge digital projects that make life easier for people.

"We are leading the country on digital transformation and this investment will cement our reputation as a world leader in technology and innovation," she added.

A commitment of $240 million will bolster the government's cybersecurity capability and create a world-leading cyber industry, Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said.

"This is the biggest single cybersecurity investment in national history, and will strengthen the government's capacity to detect and respond to the fast-moving cyber threat landscape," he noted.

This funding will go towards protecting existing systems, deploying new technologies and increasing the cyber workforce.