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One of the biggest issues we find when entities engage contractors and consultants, particularly for long-term contracts, is it’s often unclear if the contract delivered all that was intended.
Most Queensland Government and local government entities revalue their land, buildings and infrastructure every year. These assets can be highly specialised, geographically dispersed and made of various components.
The day-to-day operations of public sector entities are getting busier all the time and changes to everyday activities can be seen as disruptive.
There has been an increase in entities across Australia facing payroll and remuneration compliance issues. Some have resulted in material underpayments to staff.
In our recent report on Awarding of sport grants (Report 6: 2020–21) we emphasised the importance of clearly defining the different roles
The Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 sets out ethical principles that local governments, statutory bodies, public universities and departmental employees and their contractors must follow. They include:
Good internal controls provide reasonable assurance that an entity is achieving its operational, reporting, and compliance objectives. They also serve to protect an entity from fraud or error.
Knowing how entities are progressing in implementing our recommendations gives us, parliament, our clients, and the wider Queensland community important information.
As our 31 December year-end clients finalise their financial statements, it’s a timely reminder to not make immaterial changes.
Over time, the Queensland Audit Office (QAO) has shifted its profile of employees to become a more diverse organisation that recognises the unique experiences many bring to our team.