Many public sector entities rely on the dedication of tens of thousands of volunteers. Volunteers connect people and provide critical services. In recent years, volunteers have also been pivotal with the Care Army assisting during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the volunteer rural fire brigades assisting during the 2019 bush fires.

The Queensland Plan’s community target is to have the highest rates of volunteering and community participation in Australia.

In October 2022, the Queensland Government announced changes to the way emergency services are delivered in Queensland. This will include the transfer of State Emergency Service to the Queensland Police Service.

Audit Objective

This audit will assess whether the government is effectively managing its volunteer workforce (for example, the State Emergency Service). The audit may consider issues such as workforce planning, recruitment, training, risk management, and resource allocation.

Who we might audit
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Queensland Police Service
  • selected local governments
  • selected public sector entities.
Area of focus
Healthy and safe Queenslanders
Parliamentary Committee
Community Safety and Legal Affairs Committee
Anticipated tabling: to be advised