Andrew Mills started work as CIO at the Queensland government on Monday, presiding over the government\u2019s new ICT strategy and action plan to improve service delivery across the state.\nThe former SA government IT head was appointed to the role in November.\n\u201cThis appointment comes at a critical juncture,\u201d QLD IT minister Ian Walker said in a statement. \u201cWe have already unveiled the Open Data portal, launched the One-Stop Shop plan and released the ICT strategy and Action Plan; we need to ensure the momentum keeps going.\u201d\nThe Queensland government has had a tumultuous few years on the IT front, following the $1.2 billion QLD Health payroll disaster.\nMinister Walker said the Newman government is \u201cworking hard to ensure Queenslanders never have to face another debacle like the Labor-led failed health payroll system.\n\u201cLabor\u2019s waste and mismanagement cost Queensland taxpayers $1.25 billion,\u201d Walker said. \u201cWe\u2019ve put measures in place to ensure transparency around the way departments govern and report on their ICT projects and programs of work.\u201d\n\u201cThis has been accomplished through the creation of an ICT dashboard which is available online for all to see. The dashboard shows information on significant IT projects in government departments, including their progress and cost,\u201d he said.\nMeanwhile, the QLD government said on Wednesday that around 1,650 staff at Queensland Health will repay about $2.137 million in loans and overpayments following the introduction of an online payment system in November.\nThe repayment option \u2013 which was part of the government\u2019s efforts to recover millions of dollars in taxpayer funds lost following the health payroll disaster \u2013 enables staff to more easily manage their overpayments and loans.\n\u201cOverpayments was just one of the many sources of pain following the introduction of Labor\u2019s failed payroll system back in 2010,\u201d said QLD health minister Lawrence Springborg.\n\u201cI think the numbers reinforce that many of our staff are keen to move on and put the payroll issues of old behind them. The focus of the LNP Government is on making sure our people are paid the right pay, and are paid on time,\u201d he said.\n\u201cJust weeks after coming to government. I lifted the moratorium on repayments imposed by the former Labor Government in an attempt to recover what was then $91 million in overpaid wages, increasing at an average of $1.7 million each fortnight.\u201d\nAround two-thirds or 55,598 staff have registered for the electronic payroll service.