The Queensland Government has developed the Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy. Together with the waste management levy, this strategy sets out a framework for Queensland to become a zero-waste society. The framework’s objective is to reuse and recycle as much waste as possible and is applicable to industry, state, and local governments.

Of the 77 local governments across the state, 74 operate landfill sites and recycling centres.

Local governments face a range of financial and operational pressures to manage their waste, including diminishing landfill capacity, increased regulatory requirements (including environmental factors), and waste management levies.

Audit Objective

This audit will assess the effectiveness of state government strategies for reducing landfill waste. This will include assessing how:

  • effective local governments are in implementing the state government’s strategies
  • how effective the state government is in assisting local governments to manage waste to achieve relevant targets.
Who we might audit
  • Department of Environment, Science and Innovation
  • Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works
  • selected local governments.
Area of focus
Sustainable communities and environment
Parliamentary Committee
Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee
Anticipated tabling: to be advised