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The Queensland Audit Office

The Queensland Audit Office is the independent auditor of the Queensland public sector.

We conduct financial audits and performance audits to provide public confidence in the reliability of public sector entity financial statements and operating performance. Through our audit work, we make recommendations that promote accountability and transparency in government, and improvements in service efficiency and effectiveness. We take a constructive approach to how we engage with our clients.

Our unique position provides us with visibility across the entire public sector of matters impacting financial performance and our audit mandate provides us with access to the information we need to develop an evidence-based understanding of operating performance.

Our vision is for better public services for Queenslanders. We strive to use our unique position and mandate to achieve this vision.

Latest Reports

We produce reports that contain the results of our financial audits and performance audits.

Reports on the results of our financial audits provide information beyond the individual audit opinions about the key themes impacting sectors as well as factors impacting the financial sustainability of the Queensland Government.

Reports on the results of our performance audits focus on topics of importance to Queensland, examining whether government services have been delivered in a way that is efficient, effective and complying with relevant requirements.

These reports are tabled in parliament and are accessible to all members of the public.


Our financial audit program progressively audits the financial statements of over 500 public sector entities each year and is paid for by the entities we audit. Through the financial audit, we form an audit opinion which is published with the entities' financial statements.

Our performance audit program is funded by parliament for us to deliver about 10 audits each year. As a performance audit is completed, we produce a report which is tabled in parliament. The topics for our performance audit program are published each year on this site in our Strategic Audit Plan.

This section is about the performance audits that are in progress.

Topic Expected tabling Status

Managing teacher performance and development

The objective of this audit is to assess whether the Department of Education and Training's performance review process for teachers is improving teaching quality in public schools.

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Managing the mental health of police

The objective of this audit is to determine whether the Queensland Police Service is effective in preventing mental illness, and monitoring and managing the mental health of its employees.

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Government advertising

The objective of this audit is to assess the economy of purchasing, the effectiveness of a selection of government advertising campaigns, and the administration of applicable governance frameworks.

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Security of critical water infrastructure

The objective of this audit is to assess whether systems used to operate, manage, and monitor water infrastructure are secure and effective processes are in place to recover from adverse...

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Organisational structure and accountability

The objective of this audit is to assess whether the organisational structures of Queensland departments support the achievement of their own, and the state's, strategic and operational objectives.

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Education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The objective of this audit is to determine whether Queensland is reducing the gap in education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Integrated transport planning

The objective of this audit is to determine whether the state's approach to strategic transport planning enables effective use of transport resources and a long-term sustainable transport system.

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Fraud risk management

The objective of the audit is to assess whether agencies appropriately identify and assess fraud risks, and apply appropriate risk treatments and control activities to adequately manage their exposure to...

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As an integrity office, we provide independent, professional audit services to public sector entities on behalf of the Parliament and Queenslanders.

Our values are vitally important to how we work – we engage with purpose, we challenge ourselves, we deliver on our commitments, and we care about people; and we are uniquely positioned to operate across the entire Queensland public sector for the public good.

As part of our strategy, we invest in our people to be the best in their field and have a specialist graduate program with opportunities in the areas of financial audit, performance audit and information systems audit. As a QAO team member, you are offered professional training, personalised development and great career opportunities.