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We produce reports to promote accountability and transparency in government. Our reports are tabled in parliament and contain the results of our financial and performance audits.

All of the reports we table are also available on the Queensland Parliament website. Please visit their website or contact us if you would like access to an earlier report.

Follow-up of Oversight of recurrent grants to non-state schools

(Report: 15: 2018–19)

Education and Housing

The non-state schooling sector is an important part of Queensland’s education sector, representing diverse education philosophies and religious and other organisational affiliations.

The Department of Education, on behalf of the state and Australian governments, provides a recurrent grant of more than $600 million annually to governing bodies to operate non-state schools. To qualify, these schools must submit to the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board, which is a statutory body that reports directly to the Minister for Education.

Queensland state government: 2017–18 results of financial audits

(Report 14: 2018–19)

Education and Housing
Central Agencies and Financial Services
Health
Water and Infrastructure
Community Services
Local Government
Energy and Natural Resources

Most public sector entities, including departments, statutory bodies, and government owned corporations and the entities they control, prepare annual financial statements and table these in parliament. Each year the Treasurer also prepares consolidated state government financial statements. The consolidated state government financial statements separately disclose transactions and balances for the general government sector and the total state sector.

The general government sector is part of the total state sector, which also includes public financial corporations and public non-financial corporations. Public financial corporations are government-controlled entities, which borrow and invest on behalf of the state government and public sector entities. Public non-financial corporations are government-controlled entities engaged in producing market goods and providing non-financial services including energy generation and distribution, water distribution, and rail and port services.

Health: 2017–18 results of financial audits

(Report 13: 2018–19)

Health

Queensland health entities manage a large asset base and are funding innovative clinical care programs. This puts pressure on their financial sustainability. The Queensland public health sector includes the Department of Health and Queensland Ambulance Service, 16 hospital and health services, 13 hospital foundations, and three health statutory bodies and their controlled entities.

Market-led proposals

(Report 12: 2018–19)

Central Agencies and Financial Services
Community Services
Local Government

Market-led proposals are proposals from the private sector that seek an exclusive commercial arrangement with government to deliver a service or infrastructure to meet a community need. They always include a role for government, such as providing access to government land, assets, information, or networks. In return, market-led proposals are expected to provide benefits to government and/or the Queensland community.

Market-led proposals are suited to projects that can be funded by the private sector and that are of low cost and low risk to the Queensland Government.
 

Transport: 2017–18 results of financial audits

(Report 11: 2018–19)

Local Government

Queensland’s seven transport entities play a critical role in delivering a single integrated transport network that connects Queensland’s people, and facilitates a growing economy.

Direction and oversight of the state’s transport sector is provided by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR). The department’s primary role is to plan, manage and deliver Queensland’s integrated transport environment to achieve sustainable transport solutions for road, rail, air and sea. DTMR also provides oversight of Queensland Rail Group and Port entities. Queensland Rail Group is Queensland’s railway manager and operator, servicing the passenger, tourism, resources and freight customer markets. The port entities are part of Queensland’s network of 19 ports, which ranges from small community ports to large coal export terminals and a capital city multi-cargo port.

Digitising public hospitals

(Report 10: 2018–19)

Health
Local Government

The Queensland healthcare system is transforming to meet the pressures of an ageing population, the growing burden of chronic conditions, and changing consumer expectations.
 
In a digital hospital, processes are streamlined to create a ‘paper light’ approach, integrating electronic medical records (ieMR) with clinic devices, workflows, and processes. An electronic medical record is one of many applications that contribute to a digital hospital. The government has set a target for twenty-seven hospitals to fully implement the ieMR solution by June 2020.
 
Electronic medical records provide timely, accessible and legible information about patients at the point of care. It also provides the foundation for future transformations in health care delivery, like the ability to gain greater insights and decision support from the system’s data to improve the quality of patient care and operational efficiencies.

Energy: 2017–18 results of financial audits

(Report 9: 2018–19)

Local Government
Energy and Natural Resources

In Queensland, most electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed by state government-owned corporations and controlled entities. These include CS Energy, Stanwell, Powerlink, Energy Queensland, Ergon Energy, and 30 subsidiaries.

CS Energy and Stanwell are electricity generators. They produce electricity and sell into the National Electricity Market. Powerlink transmits electricity from generators to Energy Queensland, the distributor. Energy Queensland then distributes electricity from the transmission network to consumers. From there, electricity retailers purchase and sell electricity to households and businesses.

Water: 2017–18 results of financial audits

(Report 8: 2018–19)

Water and Infrastructure
Local Government
Energy and Natural Resources

In Queensland, water is primarily used by households, agriculture, mining, electricity generation, tourism, and manufacturing industries. Queensland’s state and local government owned water entities provide water throughout the state, and comprise bulk water suppliers, distributor-retailers, local governments, and smaller water boards.

Seqwater sells treated bulk water to local council regions within South East Queensland. This water is sold either directly to councils or through Distributor-Retailer Authorities (Unitywater and Queensland Urban Utilities).

Outside of South East Queensland, SunWater operates much of the bulk water infrastructure that supplies irrigators and industrial customers. For retail customers, water is sourced, treated and distributed by local government owned infrastructure (water boards).

Conserving threatened species

(Report 7: 2018–19)

Local Government
Energy and Natural Resources

Australia is home to between 600 000 and 700 000 native species, many of which are unique to Australia. Queensland alone is home to 85 per cent of Australia’s native mammals, 72 per cent of native birds, just over 50 per cent of native reptiles and frogs, and more than 11 000 plant species.

But Australia’s native flora and fauna are in decline. Environmental legislation aims to protect Australia’s native species by providing systems for identifying and listing species as threatened. This legislation restricts people from taking, keeping or using listed species. But not all threatened species are listed. For example, species are less likely to be listed if insufficient data are available to make an assessment.

Delivering coronial services

(Report 6: 2018–19)

Health
Community Services

Queensland coroners are responsible for investigating deaths that occur in Queensland under certain circumstances. Their primary responsibility is to make formal findings in respect of the death, including the circumstances and cause of the death.

Between 2011–12 and 2017–18, the number of deaths reported to the coroner each year for investigation increased by 27 per cent. Demand for Queensland's coronial services is likely to increase with the state’s growing and ageing population.

An effective and efficient coronial system will enable a coroner to provide timely and reliable answers. However, Queensland’s coronial system is complex, and coroners rely on the services of multiple public sector and contracted agencies across a geographically dispersed state.

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