Shared Services Initiative a planning failure

15 May 2010 10:01 AMJann Stuckey

15 May 2010

A Labor scheme for a whole of government payroll and human resources system was bungled from the start, the LNP said today.

Shadow Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology Jann Stuckey said a Question on Notice response revealed Labor had never made plans for when government departments would go online with the new system.

“The Minister’s response shows that this initiative was so badly bungled that Labor had not even scheduled or planned department roll-outs, despite the program running for the past six years,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Shared Service Initiative (SSI) payroll system was supposed to deliver high quality, cost-effective corporate services across the Queensland Government.

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

“We now have the Minister claiming that no planning was ever completed for the roll out of the program to new agencies and that all future planning had been deferred since the Queensland Health payroll fiasco.

Ms Stuckey said it was no wonder Anna Bligh was trying to shut down an independent review of the Shared Service Initiative.

“The Bligh Labor Government is still trying to dodge responsibility for this whole of government payroll disaster which has wasted $450 million dollars,” she said.

“The Minister’s failure to plan or address issues with the system when he was warned about them is typical of this government which is clearly past its used by date.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919