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Digital Restart Fund Insights

The Digital Restart Fund is a ground-breaking reform that enables rapid delivery, improved transparency and accountability across government. government

$419 Million

Investing in the future generations and children’s education through projects like the Education Wallet (TBD) and Rural Access Gap program.



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Equitable access for rural and regional areas

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Saving more than an estimated 3,500 working days

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Qualifications stored centrally

$27 Million

Building resilience and bio-diversity to protect the future of NSW’s threatened species through Greener Neighbourhoods, Save our Species and National Multi-Hazard Service.



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Analyse canopy datasets to monitor progress to 40% target coverage

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Working to secure 1,000 plants, animals, and ecological communities at risk of extinction

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Foundations for multi-hazard public notifications deployed for recent NSW floods, with the potential to be used nationally for natural disaster management

$259 Million

Replacing manual processes and legacy systems to save time for community, industry and government through the e-regulation, e-construction and e-planning projects.

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Regulatory Reform

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Estimated more than $1.6b of economic benefits

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End to end quality assurance

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Modern Licensing

Significantly reducing the number of physical documents

$254 Million

Improving patient care, for example by helping busy families easily track child health, development and vaccination records with the Digital Baby Book.

Patient Outcomes

Patient Outcomes

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Health Record

Commencement of a digital patient record for an estimated 8m+ customers

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Baby Book

Improve the lives and experiences of families in the first 2,000 days of a child’s life

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Digital Access

Estimated 18m letters p.a replaced with digital communications

$155 Million

Digitising services to save customers time and allow them to ‘tell us once’. For example, Park N Pay, Easy to Do Business and Life Event notification service.

Customer-centric Government

Customer-centric Government

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Significant reduction to license processing time estimated

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Grants Portal

Single portal designed to give access to an expected more than $19b in grants

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Easy Business

Enhanced safety outcomes for more than 17,000 police

$133 Million

Enhanced safety outcomes, improving the experience for volunteers and reducing distress for families. Projects include Advanced Bushfire Intelligence.



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From 200 ways to order a transcript to 1 online portal

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Police Systems

Enhanced safety outcomes for more than 17,000 police

Project Sponsors

The project sponsor is an experienced leader and senior executive with a strong understanding of the service and its users. They represent the service at all levels within the agency, working to ensure it is delivered successfully, meets user needs and assist in making sure internal processes are focused on achieving results for the product.

Ally Dench Executive Director, Office of Local Government

“The Smart Beaches project is delivering world class technology to support our world class beaches. We are very excited the project will deliver a standardised and automated reporting tool available to all lifeguard services integrating available and emerging data sources. The Digital Restart Fund has been amazing and is enabling the Office of Local Government to support further development of this technology at scale along the NSW coast. We are excited to support local government coastal water safety this summer and into the future.”

Ally Dench
Executive Director, Office of Local Government.

Luke Grant Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Policy, Corrective Services NSW

“The Digital Restart Fund is supporting the Transform Prisoner Rehabilitation through Digital Technology program, which is designed to provide people in custody with increased access to rehabilitation programs and services via digital technology, such as Offender Tablets. The program aims to increase the dosage of rehabilitative treatment and introduce self-service for inmates whilst in custody and the community to assist in reducing recidivism.”

Luke Grant
Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Policy, Corrective Services NSW.

Wayne Poole Program Director, Rural Access Gap

“Through the Digital Restart Fund’s continued support and investment, the Rural Access Gap program has accelerated digital transformation across more than 1,000 NSW rural and remote public schools. We’ve equipped teachers and students and their learning spaces with tools and technology to support high-quality teaching and learning, and we’ve continued to engage and build relationships with our school communities to create sustainable change.”

Wayne Poole
Program Director, Rural Access Gap.

Steve Hartley Executive Director, Resilience and Urban Sustainability

“The DRF is supporting the development of a new online user interface, where NSW Government and Greater Sydney Councils will be able to view and analyse canopy and other green infrastructure data. This will transform the way stakeholders use canopy data, by providing a central location where users can analyse canopy data at a fine grain scale with information never before provided in a NSW Government canopy dataset.

Through the user interface, users will be able to see canopy growth and loss from the lot scale up to the region scale, in combination with canopy heights, vegetation health, and land surface temperature, plus a range of other environmental information. This information will support NSW Government and Greater Sydney Councils to make more targeted and informed decisions around Greater Sydney’s urban forest.

The user interface will be supported by two canopy data acquisitions in 2024 and 2026, which will continue to strengthen the functionality of the user interface by showing change in canopy over time. The Greener City Branch in the Resilience and Urban Sustainability Division is currently scoping out the user interface, with the goal of delivering a draft for testing by mid-2023.”

Steve Hartley
Executive Director, Resilience and Urban Sustainability.