Transport service contracts are negotiated on an efficient price basis to purchase rail, bus and ferry services on behalf of government from operators and infrastructure managers in Queensland. The benefits of transport service contracts are that they:
- provide a flexible, accountable and transparent mechanism for the government to satisfy its transport and related policy objectives
- enable the government to identify the minimum level and standard of services it requires to be provided
- enable the government to determine whether the level of funding for these services is providing the best value for money from an overall transport policy perspective.
Transport service contracts exist for rail services (Queensland Rail’s Citytrain, Traveltrain and rail infrastructure services), regional freight and livestock services (Aurizon’s rail and road freight, and rail cattle train services). Service contracts also exist between the Department of Transport and Main Roads and bus and ferry operators across the state.
This audit will assess whether transport service contracts are managed effectively to meet the government’s transport objectives, maximise value for money and meet community needs.
- Department of Transport and Main Roads
- Local councils.