Asset management is critical to the long-term financial sustainability of the local government sector. Without full knowledge of the type, performance, cost, and age of their assets, councils are limited in their ability to make fully informed decisions about their asset renewal, maintenance, and replacement.

As at 30 June 2017, councils were responsible for $87 billion worth of infrastructure assets, including roads and bridges, buildings, water supply and sewerage networks, and stormwater drainage. At this time, only 43 per cent of Queensland councils had up‑to‑date asset management plans.

During 2016–17, the local government sector spent $1.4 billion on the renewal of infrastructure assets. To provide the best level of service to their communities, it is important that councils implement and practise sound asset management principles.

Audit Objective

This audit will assess if councils are effectively managing their infrastructure assets to maximise their service potential while minimising their total cost of ownership.

Who we might audit
  • Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
  • Local councils
  • Selected water entities.
Parliamentary Committee
Economics and Governance Committee
Audit status
Anticipated tabling: to be advised