Report 1 : 2012-13

Racing Queensland Limited: Audit by arrangementDownload the full report

 

Tabled in Parliament on 10 July 2012

 

Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) was formed on 1 July 2010 through the amalgamation of the previously existing racing control bodies: Queensland Racing Limited, Harness Racing Queensland and Greyhounds Queensland Limited. Its principal activities are to encourage, control, supervise and regulate the administration of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing in Queensland.

 

On 26 March 2012, the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Malcolm Tuttle, the Director of Integrity Operations, Mr Jamie Orchard, the Director of Product Development, Mr Paul Brennan and the Senior Corporate Counsel/Company Secretary, Ms Shara Reid (formerly Murray) resigned as employees of RQL and were paid separation payments on 28 March 2012. These payments comprised 14 months’ salary, ‘redundancy’ payments based on their respective length of service, and their statutory leave entitlements. The total cost to RQL of these separation payments was $1.858 million.

 

On 27 March 2012, the Deputy Premier and then Minister for Racing requested an audit of RQL under the provisions of section 60 of the Racing Act 2002. After considering the public interest in this matter, it was confirmed by the Auditor-General on 29 March 2012 that this audit would be undertaken in accordance with section 36(1) of the Auditor-General Act 2009.