Qld's Y2K OK but needs more work

Queensland's government still has a way to go on Y2K, the state's Minister for Communication and Information Terry Mackenroth said yesterday.

A report to the state cabinet, delivered yesterday, revealed that 80 per cent of departments and agencies have completed more than 50 per cent of their Y2K assessment and rectification work.

Mackenroth said the figures were encouraging but there was still a lot of hard work to be done before the date change.

Queensland departments and agencies will now be required to deliver more frequent and more detailed summary reports on their Y2K progress to cabinet, according to Mackenroth.

"Cabinet had previously been considering summary reports from each department or agency on a quarterly basis," he said.

"I have now asked for these reports to be delivered monthly so we can better monitor Y2K related risks to service delivery activities.

"In addition more detailed information is to be provided including finish dates for all Y2K projects, and details of all equipment and systems assessed as life- and/or safety-critical. Departmental chief executive officers are required to personally certify these reports.

"The year 2000 problem is potentially the most serious risk government and industry have ever faced in this state," Mackenroth said.

He said the government intended to release information on Y2K progress for each department each month, beginning in April.

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