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The Queensland Audit Office

The Queensland Audit Office is the independent auditor of the Queensland public sector.

We conduct financial audits to help you meet your reporting obligations and provide parliament and members of the public, with confidence about the reliability of your financial statements. Because we work across the entire public sector, we are able to identify opportunities to apply your good practice into other entities and also identify opportunities where you may improve.

We conduct performance audits to examine the efficiency and effectiveness of public services. Because we consult widely to develop our performance audit program, you can be confident that our audits will focus on perceived areas of concern by your stakeholders. Performance audits provide an opportunity to address these concerns with a constructive, evidence-based approach.

Our challenge is to develop meaningful insights and recommendations for improvement. Your challenge is to implement them. By working effectively together, we hope that the result is better public services for Queenslanders.

Latest Reports

We produce reports that contain the results of our financial audits and performance audits.

Reports on the results of our financial audits provide information beyond the individual audit opinions about the key themes impacting sectors, as well as factors impacting the financial sustainability of the Queensland Government.

Reports on the results of our performance audits focus on topics of importance to Queensland, examining whether government services have been delivered in a way that is efficient, effective and complying with relevant requirements.

These reports are tabled in parliament and are accessible to all members of the public.

Audits in progress

This section is about performance audits that are currently in progress and our reports to parliament on the results of our financial audits.

When delivering a performance audit, it goes through a number of stages—planning, conduct and reporting. During the conduct stage, we welcome information from members of the public which can be made via a submission on the contact us section of our website, or via the table below.  

In addition to the performance audit program, we have a financial audit program that progressively audits the financial statements of over 500 public sector entities each year.

We table reports on the results of these performance and financial audits in parliament and also make them available on the reports to parliament section of this site.

Topic Expected tabling Status

Access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by people with imparied decision-making capacity

The objective of this audit is to assess how effectively the Queensland guardianship and administration system supports clients/potential clients of the NDIS with impaired decision-making capacity.This is the second report on the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We tabled the first report The National Disability Insurance Scheme (Report 14: 2017–18) on 3 May 2018.

July-September 2018 Contributions closed Report to be tabled

Digitising public hospitals

The objective of this audit is to examine how well Queensland Health has planned and is delivering its digital hospitals program, and whether it is realising the intended information sharing and patient benefits.  

July–September 2018 Contributions closed Report to be tabled

Delivery of shared services in Queensland

The objective of this audit is to assess whether the Queensland Government's shared service functions are delivering value for money now, and are well positioned to successfully deliver into the future.

July-September 2018 Contributions closed Report to be tabled

Managing transfers in pharmacy ownership

The objective of this audit is to assess whether the Department of Health ensures transfers in pharmacy ownerships comply with the requirements of the Pharmacy Business Ownership Act 2001.

July–September 2018 Contribute now

Managing market-led proposals

The objective of this audit is to determine the extent that the Market-Led Proposal initiative is meeting its objective to create jobs and stimulate the economy.

July–September 2018 Contribute now

Delivering coronial services

The objective of this audit is to assess whether agencies are effective and efficient in supporting the coroner to investigate and help prevent deaths.

July–September 2018 Contribute now

Conserving threatened species

The objective of this audit is to determine whether the Department of Environment and Science is effectively identifying, protecting and conserving threatened species in Queensland. Contibutions to this audit will close on 31 July 2018.

October–December 2018 Contribute now

Follow-up audit: Bushfire prevention and preparedness

The objective of this audit is to assess whether Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has effectively implemented the recommendations made in Report 10: 2014–15—Bushfire prevention and preparedness.

October–December 2018 Contribute now

Energy: results of financial audits

This report summarises our financial audit results of the main energy companies and subsidiaries owned by the Queensland Government.

October–December 2018 Contributions closed Report to be tabled

Transport: results of financial audits

This report summarises the results of our financial audits of the Queensland state government's rail and port entities.

October–December 2018 Contributions closed Report to be tabled

Water: results of financial audits

This report summarises our financial audit results of the main state and local government owned water entities, and controlled entities.

October–December 2018 Contributions closed Report to be tabled

How efficient and effective are Queensland's forensic services

The objective of this audit is to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of Queensland's forensic services.

October–December 2018 Contribute now

Managing consumer food safety in Queensland

The objective of this audit is to examine whether food safety is effectively managed for consumers of food in Queensland.

January–March 2019 Contribute now

Follow-up of Maintenance of public schools (Report 11: 2014-15) and Oversight of recurrent grants to non-state schools (Report 12: 2014-15).

This audit will follow up on whether entities have actioned the recommendations made in our original reports to parliament and if the entities have addressed the underlying issues which led to these recommendations.

January-April 2019 Contribute now

Health and Hospital Services: results of financial audits

This report summarises our financial audit results of the Queensland Health and Hospital Services.

January–March 2019 Contributions closed Report to be tabled

Queensland state government: results of financial audits

This report summarises our financial audit results of the Queensland state government and public sector entities controlled by the state government.

January–March 2019 Contributions closed Report to be tabled

Education: results of financial audits

This report summarises the results of our financial audits of the Queensland public universities and their controlled entities, the Queensland grammar schools, and a small number of other education-specific entities with a financial year end of 31 December.

April–June 2019 Contributions closed Report to be tabled

Local government entities: results of financial audits

This report summarises the results of our financial audits of the Queensland councils and the related entities they control that produced financial statements at 30 June.

April–June 2019 Contributions closed Report to be tabled

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