Centrelink overhaul will need more than just cash

Upgrading Centrelink’s IT infrastructure will be a mammoth project, one that will require a comprehensive rethink of core functions.

History  is about to repeat itself as the Abbott government embarks on a mammoth project to replace Centrelink’s core IT infrastructure central to the ­delivery of $150 billion in social security payments annually.

Joe Hockey all but gave the green light when he told radio station 3AW last week that the welfare agency’s 31-year-old mainframe system was “in bad shape” and would cost “billions” to upgrade.

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