Two Qld bureaucrats sacked over glitch

By Nathan Paull

Two senior bureaucrats in Queensland's education department have been sacked over a computer glitch that meant almost 1000 reports of suspected child abuse in the state's schools never made it to police.

Director-General Jim Watterson announced on Wednesday an assistant director-general and an executive director have been stood down over the OneSchool reporting failure, effective immediately.

Another departmental staffer has also been issued a show cause notice, he said.

Contractors directly responsible for coding and testing the OneSchool upgrade have also had their contracts terminated.

The government is adopting all 21 recommendations of a Deloitte review that launched after the glitch was discovered in July.

"The report found that processes, governance, and organisational factors contributed to the failure," Dr Watterson said.

"I am firmly committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of all students under the Department's care continues to be my highest priority."

Education Minister Kate Jones has also attributed blame to deputy opposition leader John-Paul Langbroek, who served in her role in the former government.

Ms Jones said he was responsible for the shift to online reporting and needed to explain why his government sacked 230 IT workers during the transition period.

But the opposition has claimed the government is using the Deloitte report to shift attention away from its ongoing controversies surrounding embattled crossbench MP Billy Gordon.

The OneSchool upgrade was implemented in January this year, when the previous LNP government was in caretaker mode before the election, but wasn't live tested.

It meant category three, or lower-tier, reports of suspected abuse from school principals never reached police.

It was initially thought about 650 reports were lost in the system, but manual checks later revealed that number was closer to 1000.

Ms Jones said there was no indication that any students were harmed due to the computer glitch.