No Qld kids harmed by abuse report glitch

By Nathan Paull
AAP

No children were harmed due to a government computer glitch that meant about 1000 reports of suspected abuse in Queensland schools never made it to police, the state's education minister says.

Kate Jones announced on Monday that Deloitte had finished a review into the failed OneSchool reporting system and the government would adopt all 21 of the report's recommendations.

Ten technical recommendations had already been implemented, she said.

"I am advised that there is no evidence that children suffered further harm as a result of the IT failure," Ms Jones said.

She said the report found there weren't enough checks and balances in place when the program was implemented in January 2013 under the former Liberal National Party Government's watch, allowing a coding error from a contractor to slip through unnoticed.

That error meant police never received low level reports of suspected child abuse made by school principals.

"The Deloitte report found that there were serious flaws in the risk assessment undertaken prior to the implementation of the update in January 2015," Ms Jones said.

"There were serious resourcing and government failures dating back to the initial implementation of the OneSchool student protection module in September 2013."

Ms Jones said the report found 230 IT workers were sacked by the former LNP Government around the same time the government shifted towards an online reporting model.

She blamed Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek, who served as the LNP's education minister.

But Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg insisted the government rushed the report's publication to distract voters from controversies surrounding embattled MP Billy Gordon, who was found to be filling in for ministers at official events despite being forced from the Labor party earlier this year.

"She certainly wasn't prepared, she was gulping and gasping and rushing this release and seeking to blame the previous government," Mr Springborg said.

Ms Jones launched the review in July after her department found about 650 reports didn't reach police.

She said on Monday that manual checks had since uncovered about 340 more.

Daily manual checks were now in place, she said.

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS


  • Implementing stronger operational governance to monitor progress and manage risks of IT updates


  • Updating the OneSchool Software Development Lifecycle framework to adopt a risk-based approach


  • Working with other agencies to reduce the risk of email filters blocking OneSchool content


  • Investigating alternatives to email reporting

(Source: Queensland government)