Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Minister provides update on Novopay

Hon Steven Joyce
Minister with responsibility for Novopay
13 February 2013 Media Statement
Minister provides update on Novopay

Minister with responsibility for Novopay Steven Joyce today provided an update on Novopay and the measures the Government is taking to address its issues.

Mr Joyce says Cabinet has agreed to put aside $5 million under the Remediation Plan for the payroll system. This funding will cover work on bug fixes and boosting the number of call centre and data processing staff. Details on the Remediation Plan and timings will be publicly released shortly.

“The final responsibility for the remediation costs – whether Talent2, the Ministry of Education, or other parties – will be determined later, and the Ministry continues to reserve its contractual position,” Mr Joyce says.

The Minister today released the terms of reference for the technical review and the draft terms of reference for the Ministerial Inquiry.

“Both of these inquiries are a critical part of the remediation process. In particular, the Technical Review will be used to determine the final path forward in terms of restoring the pay system,” Mr Joyce says.

The Technical Review is expected to report back to the Minister by 28 February and the Ministerial Inquiry by the end of May.

“In regards to Pay Period 23 last week, as you are aware there were many significant issues and the Ministry of Education has to date made 129 direct payments to school staff.

“I have sought a full and accurate breakdown of the issues that occurred in Pay Period 23.

“PricewaterhouseCoopers is reviewing both Talent2’s and the Ministry’s records and providing an audit of the pay period, the total number of issues with it, a breakdown of those issues and the causes. That report will be released after I have received it.

“The next pay period – Pay Period 24 – is next week and we fully expect the difficulties to continue. Each pay period is faced with the work that is for that period, and the backlog of corrections and changes from previous pay periods.

“A concerted effort is being made to catch-up on some of the backlog of issues, with the Ministry setting up an additional data processing centre of 30 to 40 additional people working yesterday, last night and today – alongside Talent2’s call centre to process additional transactions.

“However there will be many transactions that aren’t completed when the draft staff usage and expenditure report goes out to schools tomorrow morning. I am advised there will be emails going out to schools again tomorrow that will identify which of their transactions are still being processed.

“The Acting Secretary has arranged for the Ministry call centre to proactively call schools to update them on progress with their payroll tomorrow and Friday. Transactions will continue to be processed through until the final cut-off on Monday night, before the next pay round next Wednesday.

“The system bugs and backlog of issues mean that we should expect more issues with unpaid, overpaid and underpaid staff in coming weeks while the Remediation Plan takes effect.”

“In addition, this morning I authorised the Ministry to send formal notices to Talent2 of material breaches of contract. As well as that, the Ministry continues to formally notify Talent2 of breaches of key performance indicators.
“With regards to working on a contingency plan, last night I met with Datacom. It is clear that any alternative to Novopay would be challenging to roll out and could take anywhere between three to 12 months to be fully implemented.
“I appreciate the on-going issues with Novopay are hugely frustrating for the school sector. While there is no quick fix here, I can assure school staff that everything is being done to resolve the issues as quickly as possible.”

ENDS

Attached: Terms of Reference for Technical Inquiry Novopay_Technical_Review__Terms_of_Reference.pdf
Draft Terms of Reference for Ministerial Inquiry Novopay_Ministerial__Inquiry__draft_terms_of_reference.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

No Charges: Outcome
Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area.

Following a lengthy and complex investigation, charges are not being laid by Police at this time regarding 8 incidents involving 7 victims and 5 suspects. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news