Australian payroll IT project cost grows from $64m to over $400m

David Bicknell

In Australia, the state government in Queensland is coming to terms with a failing IT project whose cost has grown from $64.5m to $412m.

The payroll system for Queensland Health first went live in early 2010, prompting thousands of employees to be underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all, and triggering a subsequent critical report by the state’s Auditor General. 

Late in 2010, the Bligh government said $209m would need to be spent to fix the system in the following three financial years, on top of the original $64.5 million implementation cost.

Now, according to The Brisbane Times, the cost of the failed payroll system will reach an estimated $412 million by the end of June this year, with further costs likely to be incurred in the future.

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