The HPS/CORE project was completed in December 2012. A successor project, the HPSS Program was instituted to drive forward the Shared Services agenda. This new Program will take on responsibility for the annual Support and Maintenance of the CORE system as well as a number of special items transferred from the original project.
The HPSS Program is an arrangement of six major related endeavours in the general HR area in local government. They are:
- Shared Services: The Shared Services for Payroll, HR and Superannuation will be built on the platform established by the HPS Project. The Project Management Office is currently driving this agenda to design the standards for the Shared Services.
- HPS Closedown: The transition of the operation of the CORE system from the local implementation teams to the parent sections and management is underway. The HPSS Program has assumed responsibility for the annual support and maintenance of the CORE system.
- Safety management System: The HPS Project and the Health and Safety Technical Working Group have combined to develop a new Safety System which integrates with the CORE HR system. This joint project is now at development stage.
- PMDS: The operation of the PMDS is a national requirement under the Public Services Agreement. The PMDS module of the CORE system is being re-modelled using lightweight web technology. This will increase the user friendliness of the system and enhance the process of re-invigorating the PMDS in local authorities.
- Incorporation of Non-participating Authorities: The opportunity to join the national standard system is extended to the seven authorities which remained outside the original HPS project. The HPS/CORE system is the designated route to a national shared service. This is policy of the CCMA and endorsed by the DECLG.
- Strategic Initiatives: A pilot project to examine the usefulness of Mobile Computing is underway. A similar pilot to assess the benefits of migrating to the next Version of the CORE product is also in progress. Any changes required by future public service agreements will also have to be reflected in modified software. The Program will oversee these changes. A major initiative for the Program is the provision of Key Performance Indicators using data extracted from individual local authority databases. These KPIs will enable cross comparison of authorities in key areas of management such as leave, absences and remuneration.