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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology
    The Honourable Robert Schwarten

    Premier releases CorpTech overhaul terms of reference

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology
    The Honourable Robert Schwarten

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Premier releases CorpTech overhaul terms of reference

    In response to the Auditor General’s report on the implementation of health payroll, the Government announced it would abandon the one-size-fits-all approach to payroll across government.

    In addition, the whole-of-government IT provider, CorpTech, will be overhauled to better match agency needs.

    Premier Anna Bligh and the Minister for Public Works Robert Schwarten have today released the terms of reference which will guide the development of the new arrangements.

    As announced last month, the Government has appointed Roger McComiskie, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, to conduct this important work.

    “The Auditor General’s report found that there has been a fundamental failure in the process and governance around payroll implementation.”

    “PriceWaterhouseCoopers will advise the Government of the most appropriate arrangements in relation to finance and HR management going forward.”

    “We want larger agencies with complex payroll requirements to be able to use the payroll system which suits them.”

    “At the same time, smaller agencies should have the ability to cluster with similar agencies and utilise the one payroll system,” she said.

    “We need the structural arrangements in place which support this approach.”

    The Minister for Public Works Robert Schwarten said the Auditor-General stressed the need for much stronger specification of roles and responsibilities between Shared Services and government agencies.

    “The work being undertaken by PWC will ensure responsibilities for whole-of-government shared systems are clearer going forward.”

    “Queensland Government agencies have separate and distinct service delivery responsibilities but they are part of the one organisation – the Queensland Government.”

    “To be effective, the Queensland Government needs to operate a range of services on a whole-of-government basis to allow for efficient service delivery and governance.”

    “In the future, we need to ensure fit for purpose systems to support service delivery at an agency level.”

    Mr McComiskie has already commenced and will provide his report to the Department of Premier’s and Cabinet by the end of September 2010. Terms of Reference are attached below.

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    Objectives

    The objectives of the review are:

    1.To review the organisation of corporate services under the shared services model, including finance and human resources management across Government to determine the most appropriate arrangements for the Queensland Government into the future;

    2.To investigate and make recommendations on the appropriate governance model for shared services within the Queensland Government going forward; and

    3.In light of the above, provide recommendations for the future roll out of the Corporate Solutions Program and make recommendations for the most effective way to deliver the Program.

    Scope

    The Scope of the Review includes consideration of:

    1.the strategy and direction of shared services at the processing and systems level;

    2.the development of role clarity for all those entities involved in the delivery of shared services including the agencies, the shared service providers and Corptech;

    3.the appropriateness of current organisational delivery arrangements and governance arrangements for shared services delivery including performance management and monitoring, compliance management, risk management, financial management and audit arrangements;

    4.an assessment of the benefits and risks to Government from moving to more standardised processes and systems; and

    5.an assessment of the benefits and risks of maintaining a multi-system environment.

    Secretariat support will be provided by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.