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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 and performance audits to provide public confidence in the reliability of public sector entity financial statements and operating performance. Through our audit work, we make recommendations that promote accountability and transparency in government, and improvements in service efficiency and effectiveness. We take a constructive approach to how we engage with our clients.

Our unique position provides us with visibility across the entire public sector of matters impacting financial performance and our audit mandate provides us with access to the information we need to develop an evidence-based understanding of operating performance.

Our vision is for better public services for Queenslanders. We strive to use our unique position and mandate to achieve this vision.

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

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.  

October–December 2018 Contributions closed Report to be tabled

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

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 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–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

Follow-up of Managing child safety information

The objective of this follow-up audit is to assess whether the department has effectively implemented the recommendations made in Report 17: 2014–15 Managing child safety information.

April - June 2019 Contribute now

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

Investing in vocational education and training

The objective of the audit is to examine whether the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training is achieving successful learning and employment outcomes through its public and private vocational education and training providers.

April - June 2019 Contribute now

Managing cyber security risks

The objective of this audit is to assess whether agencies effectively manage their cyber security risks.

April - June 2019 Contribute now

Careers

As an integrity office, we provide independent, professional audit services to public sector entities on behalf of the Parliament and Queenslanders.

Our values are vitally important to how we work  – we engage with purpose, we challenge ourselves, we deliver on our commitments, and we care about people. We are uniquely positioned to operate across the entire Queensland public sector for the public good.

As part of our strategy, we invest in our people to be the best in their field and have a specialist graduate program with opportunities in the areas of financial audit, performance audit and information systems audit. As a QAO team member, you are offered professional training, personalised development and great career opportunities.

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