The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the fifth time Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games. The 11-day sporting and cultural event involves athletes and officials from 70 nations and territories.
With a budget of approximately $2 billion, the Commonwealth Games relies on significant public and private investment.
Beyond the 11-day sporting event, the Commonwealth Games has the potential to provide long-term economic, industry, social and community benefits to Queensland.
In December 2014, in our report 2018 Commonwealth Games: Progress (Report 9: 2014–15) we recommended that the Office of the Commonwealth Games Coordination complete its legacy evaluation framework, including measures and targets to evaluate realisation of legacy benefits.
The Queensland Government subsequently finalised and implemented the ‘Embracing 2018 Legacy Program’. The programs legacy benefits include:
- delivering GC2018: The Inspiring Games
- enduring jobs and powering economic growth
- accelerating the Gold Coast to a world-class boutique city
- building active, engaged and inclusive communities.
This audit will assess whether the intended legacy benefits from the 2018 Commonwealth Games have been realised by the state.
- Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games
- Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
- Local councils.