WORKSAFE 'ANALYTICS HUB' $31 MILLION OVER BUDGET

Fresh IT project cost blowouts are expected to top $100 million across state government agencies, including WorkSafe.

WorkSafe Victoria expected to spend just over $1 million on a new ‘analytics hub’ and have it up and running two years ago. Now the price tag is put at $32 million, with the agency hoping to have it in place by June.

The cost issues emerged in the latest update of the state government’s ICT dashboard, a quarterly tracker designed to increase transparency for information, technology, and communications projects worth $1 million or more.

The website uses a traffic light system to determine whether a project is green, amber or red. Green means a project is on time and on budget, amber means some issues exist and red means major issues have been identified.

The WorkSafe analytics hub is listed as amber. The new cost blowout and delay has coincided with government reforms to rein in spending for the ‘broken’ workers’ compensation scheme.

The Vic government has warned this year’s budget, set to be revealed 7 May, will be ‘very, very tight.’

Source: The Age

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