Oil and chemical spill incidents can have devastating effects on the environment. Water- based spills can result in major biological issues, physical contamination, and disruption to industries that rely heavily on waterways for their operations. Recreational activities can also be impacted when spills encroach on beaches and local waterways.

Although land-based spills tend to move more slowly and affect smaller areas, they are still hazardous to people and the environment.

State and federal agencies work together to respond to land and water-based spills. Maritime Safety Queensland (a branch of the Department of Transport and Main Roads) is the lead agency in Queensland for responding to maritime spills, and the Department of Environment and Science provides it with assistance where the spills affect wildlife. The Department of Environment and Science is the lead agency for responding to land- based spills.

Audit Objective

This audit will assess whether the Department of Environment and Science and Maritime Safety Queensland has effective processes for managing land and water-based oil and chemical spills.

Who we might audit
  • Department of Environment and Science
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
Parliamentary Committee
State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee
Audit status
Planned
Anticipated tabling: to be advised