The Victorian government in Australia has signed a A$5 million(US$3.66 million) contract for the provision of online services tohospitals, education facilities, local government and stategovernment organizations.

Citrix Systems will provide its Citrix Presentation Server productsto all organizations covered by the Audit Act as part of Victoria’se-government strategy for communications.

“The Victorian government’s e-government vision recognizes thevalue of information and technology to link different governmentprograms and resources in a seamless way,” Victorian government CIOJane Treadwell said in a statement.

“It involves coordinating and integrating services and informationfrom local and federal governments and the private sector with theaim of making communication and dealings with government moreconvenient and simpler for citizens.”

E-government has the potential to reduce service delivery costs,eliminate unnecessary duplication and in some cases make itpossible to meet emerging needs without restructuring agencies orprograms, Treadwell said.

The Bracks government launched its e-government vision in March2002.