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No inquiry planned for embattled Novopay

Published: 1:51PM Thursday January 24, 2013 Source: Fairfax

Auditor General Lyn Provost says her office is monitoring the problems with education payroll system Novopay, but has decided that there will be no investigation for now.

"The Ministry announced last year that it would commission an independent review and last week said that its review is to be brought forward,'' Provost said in a statement.

''Therefore, I have decided that it would be premature for this office to begin an inquiry at the moment.

"The agencies that are responsible for understanding and fixing the problems should be given a reasonable opportunity to do so.''

Provost acknowledged concerns schools held that Novopay could increase their audit costs.

''We are working with the Ministry [of Education] to minimise the workload for schools on their 2012 financial statements, as well as minimising any additional work that auditors have to carry out,'' she said.

"I fully appreciate that this is a difficult and stressful time for all involved, and I will be keeping a close eye on developments.

"If the steps that the Ministry takes do not adequately address the issues, I will reconsider whether there is a role for my office,'' Provost said.

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