Decision soon on future of Novopay

Last updated 05:00 29/04/2013

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D-Day looms for the trouble-plagued Novopay school payroll system.

A decision on whether to ditch Australian providers Talent2 and possibly give the contract back to Datacom will be announced soon.

A spokesman for Steven Joyce, the minister charged with sorting out the pay debacle, insisted yesterday a decision had not been made, but the Government has previously signalled a decision by the end of the month.

Talent2 chief executive John Rawlinson could not be contacted for comment.

The company has been forced to hire extra staff and work round the clock to try to fix the bugs, which have numbered in the hundreds and left some school staff without pay for months.

The latest pay round showed there was still a long way to go.

There were 39 staff not paid, 210 underpaid, 142 overpaid, 264 schools affected and 123 bugs resolved.

It was revealed last month that the cost of fixing the debacle was $11 million and climbing, and the previous payroll provider, Datacom, had been contracted by the Government to build a backup system.

That has raised the odds of Datacom stepping in to take over payrolls.

A switch would be politically popular, but Mr Joyce insisted earlier this week any change could potentially cause just as much angst as keeping Novopay.

Last month schools received $6 million compensation for the extra workload associated with trying to sort problems since Novopay's introduction in September.

A Deloitte report found Novopay was unstable, stemming from the complexity of education pay as well as software flaws.

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