Australian government to cut budget with video conferencing

News Article - Friday, 02 December 2011 13:42

Category: Connectivity

The Australian government is set to use video conferencing to slash the amount of travelling that its members do, so that it can reduce its budget and deficit. Ministers are also planning on dropping or deferring smaller IT projects as they focus on a broader, standardised IT infrastructure overhaul.

Australia's finance minister Penny Wong said that adopting video conferencing would result in savings of $1.5 billion between now and 2015. She added that the solution would also have a number of other benefits - not just financial rewards.

"It will ensure the government pursues smarter and more efficient ways of conducting its core business," Ms Wong told the Australian. She added: "The government expects reductions in the use of consultants and contractors, and the replacement of domestic and international travel."

Just this week, unified communications specialist SCC announced that travel disruption resulting from the forthcoming 2012 Olympic Games would cause many businesses to consider adopting video conferencing.

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