Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games (the Games) in 9 years. The economic benefit is estimated to be $8.1 billion for Queensland, and $17.6 billion for Australia.

The initial proposal to host the Games estimated a total cost of $4.9 billion, with an additional estimate of $1 billion for the Gabba redevelopment. In February 2023, the government announced that the revised cost estimate to redevelop The Gabba was $2.7 billion. At the same time, a joint funding agreement between the Queensland and Australian governments was announced supporting $7 billion in Games-related infrastructure projects.

Key challenges associated with delivering major events that the government and stakeholders need to consider are:

  • delivering the Games to an immovable deadline
  • ensuring strong governance and delivery structures given the number of stakeholders involved in the Games
  • ensuring the budget is clearly determined and effectively managed
  • applying effective procurement practices
  • planning for long-term legacy benefits
  • developing an effective framework for monitoring progress and managing risk
  • delivering a climate positive Games.

We intend to deliver a series of audits examining the planning, delivery, and benefits of the Games. The audits will focus on governance, project management, allocation of funds, and the longer-term legacy the Games is expected to bring to Brisbane and Queensland. This will be our first report on the initial preparation and planning for delivering the Games.

Who we might audit
  • Brisbane Organising Committee for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
  • selected public sector entities
  • relevant local governments.
Area of focus
Governance of government
Parliamentary Committee
Housing, Big Build and Manufacturing Committee
In progress
Anticipated tabling: Jul–Sep 2024