Maintenance of public schools (Report 11: 2014-15)

The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) is responsible for providing a safe working and learning environment for its staff and students in school campuses across Queensland. Well-maintained school buildings and grounds contribute to the safety of staff and students and to educational outcomes.

When funding is inadequate, asset maintenance backlogs occur. As a result, school buildings and school ground facilities can deteriorate much faster than intended.

We examined whether the AoSM and FoS programs were well planned and achieved their objectives of reducing the maintenance backlog and improving the condition of school facilities. We also considered the overall cost effectiveness of DETE's asset management practices.