Qld bungled payroll 'from start': opposition

Qld bungled payroll 'from start': opposition

Summary: The Queensland Opposition has accused its state government of bungling the roll-out of the new payroll and human resources system from the very start.

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The Queensland Opposition has accused its state government of bungling the roll-out of the new payroll and human resources system from the very start.

In a statement released on Saturday, Queensland Shadow Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology Jann Stuckey accused her Queensland Government counterpart, Robert Schwarten, of not having plans for when the new system would go online and said there was nothing to show for the six years of the program running.

"The Shared Service Initiative payroll system was supposed to deliver high quality, cost-effective corporate services across the Queensland Government," she said.

"This is a program that has resulted in over $450 million of taxpayer's money being wasted, with the only outcome being a payroll system that can't pay Queensland Health staff," she added.

Problems with the roll-out of the SAP-based payroll system in Queensland Health left tens of thousands of staff underpaid or not paid at all. Until the investigation into what caused these problems is completed, the Queensland Government has suspended further implementation of the payroll system to other departments.

KPMG's initial report into the troubles with the roll-out of the payroll system was released last week, and a more detailed follow-up report is due in the next few months.

The Queensland Department of Public Works had not responded to requests for comment at the time of writing.

(Front page image credit: Lubbock Heart Hospital image by brykmantra, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Topics: Government, Government AU, Health, SAP

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