BIRMINGHAM DODGES RESPONSIBILITY FOR $24.1 MILLION I.T. FIASCO

1 Jun 2018

Simon Birmingham and his Assistant Minister Karen Andrews must accept full responsibility for the Australian Apprenticeship Management System IT failure that has blown out to $24.1 million.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

 

ED HUSIC MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE

DIGITAL ECONOMY

MEMBER FOR CHIFLEY

 

BIRMINGHAM DODGES RESPONSIBILITY FOR $24.1 MILLION I.T. FIASCO

 

Simon Birmingham and his Assistant Minister Karen Andrews must accept full responsibility for the Australian Apprenticeship Management System IT failure that has blown out to $24.1 million.

 

Based on the government’s own figures this would have paid for an additional 2,459 apprentices. Instead the Ministers have wasted $24.1 million on a five year program with nothing to show for it.

 

But instead of being held to account, the Ministers have shifted the blame on to two senior public servants who have resigned in the wake of the IT debacle.

 

Ministers Birmingham and Andrews must come clean about how much it will now cost to deliver a modern IT infrastructure for the apprenticeship system. They need to explain why after five years what started out as a $9.6 million IT project ended up costing almost three times as much, with nothing to show for it.

 

Answers at Senate Estimates today confirmed the full extent of the disastrous mismanagement of the project by Minister Birmingham and Assistant Minister Andrews.

 

On top of the $24.1 million, up to an additional $1.8 million will now have to be spent to “maintain the current capability” of the original 1999 system with officials conceding they don’t even know what it will now cost to bring the IT platform into the 21 century.

 

Minister Birmingham and Assistant Minister Andrews must accept responsibility for this waste of taxpayer funds, assure the public that it won’t happen again, and clarify how much more money will be spent to deliver a modern system to support apprenticeships.

THURSDAY, 31 MAY 2018

Authorised Noah Carroll, ALP Canberra