Department for Communities and Social Inclusion employees are still owed more than $2 million, 15 months after the Auditor-General identified the problem.
Audit staff raised concerns in April 2011 about errors in rostered staff leave records. Departmental officers advised audit staff that errors had occurred ‘over many years’ in leave loading payments, which were estimated to cost more than $2 million.
However, in evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee yesterday, DCSI executives confirmed that 15 months later, not one person had been repaid a single dollar.
“It seems extraordinary that the Minister has not ensured that action was taken to have this money repaid to employees,” Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said.
“The Minister should now direct his department to make this a priority issue and ensure the appropriate action is taken.”
Other issues raised at the Committee included:
• more than 30 off road motor bikes bought for recreational use on the APY Lands were now stored unused in a shed at Marla
• further claims of wasted expenditure on the APY Lands on items such as food processors, washing machines, microwaves etc when the items didn’t need replacement
• blowout of $3.3 million in the total cost of the Cavan Youth Training Centre to a now total cost of $70.5 million