A bug in an IT system used to count submissions to the controversial euthanasia bill ended up costing $75,000 to find 700 missing forms.
There were an un-precedented 37,000 submissions to the End of Life Bill and more than half were hard copies and had to be manually scanned in.
During that process 700 went missing and a consultant was brought in to find them and make sure no more got lost.
William Devos from the Office of the Clerk said it was a massive task involving multiple searches on different databases.
The $75,000 cost included a $10,000 audit, $45,000 for the consultant and $20,000 for two temporary staff.
Mr Devos said the bug itself took only $3500 to fix.
The IT system was developed by Parliamentary Service and has only been in use since late last year.