24 Jan 2013

Auditor-General says no to Novopay inquiry

9:13 pm on 24 January 2013

The Auditor-General says her office will not be holding an inquiry into the error-plagued school payroll system at this time.

However, Lyn Provost says she will be monitoring the problems being experienced with Novopay.

The $30 million system developed by Australian company Talent2 has been plagued with thousands errors since it was introduced in August 2012 with underpayments, overpayments or no payments at all to some staff.

Principals are threatening to hold a vote of no-confidence in the payroll system and other calls have come from the education sector for a formal inquiry by the Auditor-General.

Mrs Provost said on Thursday that the Ministry of Education is going to commission an independent review, so it would be premature to start an inquiry.

If the ministry does not adequately address the problems, Mrs Provost said she would reconsider whether her office should become involved.