July 19, 2012
No longer hot metal, but the Queensland Government wants to further change the way it prints . Photo: Frank Redward
The Queensland government says it will save $1.8 million a year by changing the way it prints and copies documents.
Innovation Minister Ros Bates says recommendations from the information and communication technology audit, estimated to cost $5.21 million, suggest up to 30 per cent in savings could be made.
"In the first phase, all departments have been requested to implement simple yet effective initiatives which will reduce the Government's spending on printing and copying," she said in a statement.
"We will be looking to make cost and environmental savings in three main areas: the paper used to print, the ink and toner and the energy used to power the devices."
The audit aims to uncover how ICT is being used across the government's 19 departments and where savings can be made, before Ms Bates can begin to make changes to agencies in her portfolio. It started in May with a seconded staff of 32 public servants, and originally aimed to present findings by the end of October.
The ICT audit's final report is now due in December.