Tag Archives: health

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.

Failure to prepare: Government slammed over health payroll bungle

Smart state’s technology spending up in the air

A swift round-up of 2012 previews, mutuals and social enterprise stories

By David Bicknell

The Transition Institute has done a good job of rounding up some of the New Year look-ahead pieces around social enterprise, mutuals and what 2012 has in store for local government, health and social care.

You can see the round up here

OPM: ‘three key ingredients for a mutual’

According to this blog from the Office for Public Management, there are three key ingredients that make up a mutual:

* Getting key people on board

* Taking a strategic approach to looking at different options

* Managing the process efficiently

How new models of ownership may help the health and social care sector