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Novopay information release

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Novopay information release

The Ministry of Education uses the Novopay payroll service to pay teachers and other staff at 2,457 schools. Novopay pays approximately 90,000 school employees every fortnight, and up to 110,000 over the course of a year.

The Novopay service went live in August 2012 with the first pay run on 5 September 2012.

There is a high level of public interest in decisions about Novopay and its performance as shown by the number of Official Information Act requests received by the Minister and the Ministry of Education. Consequently we are proactively publishing a comprehensive set of Novopay related information from project inception to the current time.

Information withheld or deleted

Deletions have been made under the following sections of the Official Information Act 1982:

• section 9(2)(a) to protect the privacy of natural persons.

• section 9(2)(f)(iii) to maintain the constitutional convention protecting the neutrality of officials.

• section 9(2)(b)(ii) to protect information where making the information available would likely unreasonably prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied or is the subject of that information.

• section 9(2)(f)(iv) to maintain constitutional conventions which protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials.

• section 9(2)(g)(i) to maintain the effective conduct of public affairs through the free and frank expression of opinions.

• section 9(2)(h) to maintain legal professional privilege.

• section 9(2)(j) to enable a Minister of the Crown or any Department holding the information to carry out negotiations without prejudice or disadvantage.

Note that explanations are provided about why information has been withheld, edited or changed (redacted).

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In this section

Background on Novopay

This document project lists key Cabinet and Ministerial decisions on Novopay and provides a general timeline covering the period from June 2005 to the present.

Novopay project initiation

The steps in the process of developing a business case, selecting a vendor (Talent2) and concluding a contract followed approved government processes.

Developing Novopay

Once the vendor (Talent2) was selected and approved, a project was established to develop and implement Novopay.

Novopay testing and readiness for go-live

Information outlining the testing process and the results achieved together with information on system and sector readiness for go-live.

Novopay test plans

Information outlining the test plans in the Novopay schools' payroll project.

Briefings and correspondence about the Novopay project

Briefings provided to the Minister responsible for Novopay, the Ministry of Education Chief Executive, Cabinet Papers and Minutes and correspondence between the Ministry and Talent2.


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