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Queensland Health, home to the now-famous payroll debacle that has cost executive jobs, a billion worth of budget blow-outs and earned IBM a ban from the sunshine state, is embarking on an IT refresh.

The agency, via the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA), has announced a partners briefing in Brisbane in September to kick off the process.

In its briefing invitation, the Department of Health's CIO Ray Brown, and Glenn Walker, executive director for IT renewal at the DSITIA, will walk the industry through Queensland Health's “much anticipated” IT renewal agenda.

The briefing is going to cover changes to IT service delivery and industry opportunities, with Walker to outline project initiatives, targets, completion dates and accountabilities.

Sackings in the upper echelons of Queensland's public service were the most recent fallout from QH's troubled payroll system, a slow-motion train wreck that ran from 2007 to 2013 and will end up costing a cool $1.2 billion. Last week, “four or five” senior public servants were removed by the Public Service Commissioner over the debacle.

In spite of a commission of inquiry finding so damning that IBM has been barred until it improves its “governance and contracting practices”, Queensland's premier Campbell Newman has ruled out taking Big Blue to court. Legal action would only be launched if there was a good chance of winning, he said in a wire report. ®

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