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We produce reports to promote accountability and transparency in government. Our reports are tabled in parliament and contain the results of our financial and performance audits.

All of the reports we table are also available on the Queensland Parliament website. Please visit their website or contact us if you would like access to an earlier report.

Education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Report 20: 2016–17)

Education

Relatively low rates of employment contribute to the poor economic and social outcomes experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Increasing economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people contributes to their improved health, education, and home ownership. This has a flow-on effect of promoting greater independence and improving life outcomes.

In 2007, the Commonwealth, states and territories agreed to a reform program to close the gap in various aspects of Indigenous disadvantage. Two targets in this national agreement are:

Security of critical water infrastructure (Report 19: 2016–17)

Infrastructure

Reliable drinking water and wastewater services are essential to all Queenslanders.

Water service providers protect the quality of drinking water by operating treatment plants that remove contaminants. These service providers generally use computer systems to control operations of water treatment plants, and related facilities and assets.

Organisational structure and accountability (Report 17: 2016–17)

Resources

A clearly articulated strategy drives an organisation's direction and contributes to a strong governance structure. The Queensland Government outlines the state’s objectives, and public sector agencies must develop strategies that support the delivery of these government objectives. Agencies should then consider their strategy when developing their organisational structure, or they run the risk that their strategy will not be realised.

Government advertising (Report 16: 2016–17)

Resources

In this audit we examined the economy of government purchasing of advertising, the effectiveness of a selection of advertising campaigns, and the application of governance frameworks.

Public sector entities use advertising and communication activities to convey messages to the public about the rollout of new policies and programs, items of public interest (such as work, health, and safety issues), and other critical community information (such as preparing for storm season).

Managing performance of teachers in Queensland state schools (Report 15: 2016–17)

Education

This audit assessed whether the Department of Education and Training's performance review process for teachers, as part of its overall performance management framework, is improving teaching quality in Queensland state schools.

Teachers are our schools' most important resource. Research shows that effective teachers make the biggest difference to student outcomes after family background.

Criminal justice system—reliability and integration of data (Report 14: 2016–17)

Justice and Communities

In this audit we examined how well Queensland’s criminal justice entities capture, report and use data, ensuring its reliability and integration across the justice system.

‘Criminal justice system entities’ (for the purpose of this report) include the Queensland Police Service and the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, through its Queensland Courts Service, Queensland Corrective Services, and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Local government entities: 2015–16 results of financial audits (Report 13: 2016–17)

Local Government

Local governments (councils) are involved in a wide range of activities. Examples range from providing community services—such as roads, water and sewerage—to recreation and cultural facilities, to an estimated 4.8 million Queenslanders. The Queensland population is expected to increase by eight per cent in the next five years. This, combined with rising community expectations for service delivery, volatility in revenue sources, and the financial burden of maintaining and renewing extensive infrastructure networks, has councils concerned about their financial position.

Biosecurity Queensland's management of agricultural pests and diseases (Report 12: 2016–17)

Resources

Biosecurity is about managing risks to the economy, the environment and the community from pests and diseases entering, establishing, or spreading in the Australian landscape. To manage the risks of biosecurity threats, all levels of government invest in biosecurity activities. These activities include preventing, detecting, eradicating, containing, and managing a variety of pests and diseases on an ongoing basis.

Audit of Aurukun school partnership arrangement (Report 11: 2016–17)

Education

In November 2009, the Queensland Government endorsed a partnership model to address the education needs of Indigenous children in Cape York communities.

In this audit, we assessed the adequacy of governance, enrolments, expenditure, and recruitment for this partnership arrangement. Consequently, while it focuses on Aurukun State School, in some cases this arrangement extended to both Hope Vale and Coen State Schools. Where appropriate, we have included them in our analysis.

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