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Newman wants heads to roll over payroll bungles

THE Queensland Premier has asked the head of the Public Service Commission what can be done to deal with the public servants named and shamed in the Health Payroll Inquiry.

Premier Campbell Newman has also asked the public service code of conduct be reviewed in the wake of the $1.2 billion payroll scandal.

"Strong governments, clear accountability and robust risk management frameworks are the key to ensuring this sort of gross incompetence does not happen again," Mr Newman said.

"I will be holding ministers and director-generals to account for their responsibilities."

IBM was behind the problematic payroll system roll out in 2010, which left many Queensland Health employees underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.

Tabling the Queensland Government's response to the commission of inquiry report, handed down this month, Mr Newman said the government was on track in implementing three of the four recommendations.

Following the six month inquiry, Commissioner Richard Chesterman recommended there be forward planning for all legacy systems and better management of risks.

The Queensland Government is also drawing up a document of lessons learnt from the bungled payroll system to hand out to all departments to use in the gating assurance process for ICT projects.

Inquiry recommendations to start planning to replace the Queensland Health payroll system and implementing a framework to oversee large ICT projects have also been accepted.

IT Minister Ian Walker told State Parliament no major ICT project would be approved unless it has been reviewed by him.



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