THE cost of Queensland’s disastrous health payroll system is set to top $1.2 billion by 2017.
But Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has warned that estimate is a “bare-bones price” that does not include any contingency funding should anything go wrong.
Contingency provisions for repairs could add an extra 30 per cent to the $1.253 billion cost.
It also fails to include the impacts of Fringe Benefits Tax payable on wage overpayments, which could be as high as $110.4 million.
Even more concerning, the Workbrain and SAP systems will no longer be supported from 2014-15 and the former Bligh government failed to set aside any cash for the needed upgrade or re-implementation.