Queensland government responds to payroll inquiry

Summary:The Queensland government will prohibit state agencies from making significant information technology investments without ministerial approval to prevent another payroll disaster.

The a new framework is set to be adopted by the Queensland government as a response to an inquiry's findings into the bungled Queensland Health payroll system.

IBM rolled out a flawed payroll system for Queensland Health in 2010, resulting in thousands of pay errors — the debacle is expected to ultimately cost taxpayers AU$1.2 billion.

The government-commissioned health payroll inquiry was critical of the former Labor government's management of the contract and system rollout.

IT Minister Ian Walker announced the government's response to the inquiry in parliament on Tuesday.

The minister says a new framework will be adopted that will ensure government agencies are accountable for maintaining and investing in computer systems.

However, he will ultimately be the decision-maker when it comes to major investments.

"By adhering to this framework, there'll be no confusion of who is accountable for the delivery of specific business outcomes," Walker said.

"Agencies will be responsible for the successful delivery of their investments however they'll receive support from my department.

"Agencies will not be permitted to make significant ICT investments until I have reviewed and authorised the business case."

The Queensland government will begin planning a replacement for the flawed health payroll system built by IBM.

 Walker says Queensland Health Director-General Dr Tony O'Connell will lead a team that will begin planning a replacement immediately.

This will happen alongside the remediation of the current system, which has been funded out to 2016-17 and is estimated to ultimately cost the state $1.2 billion.

IBM rolled out the faulty system in 2010, resulting in thousands of pay errors.

The inquiry warned the current system will require an upgrade in about a year, will need replacing within five years, and was highly critical of the former Labor government's procurement processes and the system rollout.

Topics: Government : AU, Enterprise Software, IBM

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