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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.

Monitoring and managing ICT projects

(Report 1: 2018–19)

Education and Housing
Central Agencies and Financial Services
Health
Water and Infrastructure
Community Services
Local Government
Energy and Natural Resources

The Queensland Government plans to spend $2.6 billion on information and communication technology (ICT) projects over the next four years.

Each department is accountable for making investment decisions, and monitoring and delivering on its investments. Departments provide high-level overviews and status updates of major ICT investments through the ICT dashboard. This dashboard is intended to make information easily accessible, visible, and available for the public to use in a timely manner, and make it easier to identify underperforming projects and focus action on the projects that need it most.

 

Managing local government rates and charges

(Report 17: 2017–18)

Local Government

Queensland’s 77 councils provide services to nearly five million people. In 2016–17, these councils generated more than $6.2 billion revenue in rates and levies. For many councils, rates, levies, fees and charges are their main source of revenue other than Queensland and Australian Government grant funding.

The objective of this audit was to examine whether councils set and administer rates and charges appropriately to support long-term financial sustainability.

We assessed whether a selection of councils:

  • have robust and transparent processes for setting rates and charges
  • have revenue policies and statements that meet legislative requirements
  • effectively administer rates and charges according to legislation and better practice.

This report is the second in a series of performance audits on the financial sustainability of the local government sector. Future audits will assess other aspects of financial sustainability, including costs and expenses and asset management.

Follow-up of Managing water quality in Great Barrier Reef catchments

(Report 16: 2017–18)

Water and Infrastructure
Community Services
Energy and Natural Resources

The Great Barrier Reef is vulnerable to threats that the Queensland Government cannot control or influence, such as extreme weather events. But it can influence other threats, such as the quality of water entering the reef from adjacent catchments—specifically agricultural run-off.

Scientific evidence shows that climate change is the single biggest threat to the reef. However, a major cause of the current poor state of many of the reef's coastal and marine ecosystems is the decline of marine water quality associated with land-based run-off from adjacent catchments. Improving the quality of water flowing from the land to the reef is a critical contributor to the reef's health and, therefore, its ability to withstand and recover from climate change events. 

Education: 2016–17 results of financial audits

(Report 15: 2017–18)

Education and Housing

Entities within the Queensland public education sector intend to deliver world class education and training services. Collectively, the sector aims to help individuals make positive transitions from early childhood through to all stages of schooling, providing them with the knowledge and skills to prepare them for future education, training, or the workforce. This sector provides a variety of services and uses substantial resources to deliver these services.

The education sector, for the purposes of this report, includes the Department of Education, TAFE Queensland, the seven Queensland public universities and the entities they control, the eight Queensland grammar schools, and other statutory bodies and controlled entities that provide specific and specialised education services.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme

(Report 14: 2017–18)

Health
Community Services

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is transforming the way Australians with disability obtain support services. It is a major national reform, jointly governed and funded through a partnership between the Commonwealth and the state and territory governments.

The NDIS intends to give people choice and control over the supports they need, including the ability to manage their own funding if they wish.

It is changing the way disability support services are delivered, as well as government services such as education, health, housing, justice and transport services.

This audit assessed how effectively the Queensland Government is managing the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and how well prepared it is to oversee services after the transition.

Local government entities: 2016–17 results of financial audits

(Report 13: 2017–18)

Local Government

Queensland's local governments are involved in a wide range of activities—from delivering key community services, such as roads, water, sewerage and waste treatment, to providing banking, retail, medical, cultural and recreational services.

Most local governments, and the entities that they control, produce annual financial statements. How useful these statements are depends on their quality and the time taken to produce them. Timely and accurate financial reporting is essential for effective decision-making, managing of public funds and assets, and the delivery of public accountability.

This report summarises the financial audit results of the 77 Queensland local governments. It also summarises the financial audit results of the 79 entities they control that produced financial statements for the financial year ending 30 June 2017. The report analyses the performance, position and sustainability of Queensland's local governments, and evaluates the timeliness and quality of financial reporting.

Investing for Success

(Report 12: 2017–18)

Education and Housing

Australia's student performance has been declining on international scales since 2000, despite state and federal governments investing more in schools.

Queensland's Investing for Success initiative, formerly named Great Results Guarantee, is a needs-based funding model for Queensland state schools. The Department of Education allocates this federal funding to schools through specific student characteristics (for example, students with a disability or refugee status) and school characteristics (for example, remote locations). The department encourages principals to make decisions about how to spend this funding based on the needs and input of their local school communities.

This audit assessed whether Investing for Success has been effective in supporting students, particularly those most in need, to achieve improved education outcomes. It also assessed whether the Department of Education, and schools, have used the funding in an economical way.

Queensland state government: 2016–17 results of financial audits

(Report 11: 2017–18)

Education and Housing
Central Agencies and Financial Services
Health
Water and Infrastructure
Community Services
Local Government
Energy and Natural Resources

We categorise these entities into three sectors. The general government sector provides public services for the collective benefit of the community. Public non-financial corporations provide goods and services that are trading, non-regulatory, or non-financial in nature. And public financial corporations provide financial services.

Each year, the Treasurer prepares the Queensland Government’s consolidated financial statements. These statements provide a complete view of the performance and position of the state government.

In this report, we assess the position, performance and financial sustainability of the Queensland Government. Our analysis helps users of the financial statements to understand and use the statements by clarifying the financial effects of significant transactions and events during the year. Additionally, our analysis alerts users to future challenges, including existing and emerging risks the government faces.

Finalising unpaid fines

(Report 10: 2017–18)

Community Services

Public sector entities issue fines to penalise people who have deliberately or inadvertently broken the law, and to deter them from committing similar offences.

The challenge for the issuing and collection entities is in efficiently and effectively finalising those fines that remain unpaid, particularly for those people who refuse to cooperate or pay. These people account for a significant amount of outstanding fines debt owed to the state, and enforcing this debt can be difficult and costly.

This audit assessed the effectiveness and efficiency of public sector entities in finalising unpaid fines.

Energy: 2016–17 results of financial audits

(Report 9: 2017–18)

Energy and Natural Resources

In Queensland, most electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed by state government owned corporations. These include four main energy entities, and 31 subsidiaries including Ergon Energy Queensland.

Stanwell and CS Energy are Queensland's electricity generators. Powerlink transmits electricity from generators to distributors, and owns Queensland's transmission network. Energy Queensland Limited (which includes Ergon Energy and Energex) distributes electricity to consumers from the transmission network using its distribution networks. Electricity retailers, including Ergon Energy Queensland, then purchase electricity and sell it to households and businesses.

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