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BCC settles dispute with TechnologyOne

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 06 December, 2017

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Brisbane City Council has reached a resolution to its dispute with TechnologyOne over a terminated local government systems contract.

In a terse statement, TechnologyOne announced that the parties have resolved their dispute on a without-fault basis.

The terms of the settlement are confidential but there will be no impact on the company’s earnings, the statement reads.

The dispute dates back to a $122 million contract awarded to the company in 2015 to replace 13 legacy systems with a single platform.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirck publicly put the company ‘on notice’ in January 2017 after an independent review found the project to be 18 months late and more than $60 million over budget, and the contract was cancelled in July.

But TechnologyOne threatened to sue for wrongful contract termination and subsequently followed through with these threats once the contract was cancelled, filing a $50 million damages claim alleging that the delays were due to poor governance and business practices on the behalf of BCC.

In statements at the time, TechnologyOne Executive Chairman Adrian Di Marco accused the council of “disingenuous and unprofessional” behaviour, involving fabricating an excuse to terminate the contract due to an unwillingness to complete the project.

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