Queensland's universities and schools face a continual challenge to shape their business and position themselves to remain sustainable. These challenges impact on the education sector's financial performance, sustainability, and current financial position.
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Queensland public hospitals use medical equipment to help diagnose and treat patients. As technology advances, new equipment becomes available with the potential to improve health outcomes.
Replacing existing equipment and investing in new equipment can come at a high cost in terms of purchase, installation, operation, and disposal. It is important that our public hospitals manage their valuable equipment efficiently, effectively, and economically so they can continue to meet the growing demands on our health system in a sustainable way.
With the rising demand for health services, Queensland’s 16 Hospital and Health Services are looking for ways to increase capacity in public hospitals and reduce costs while also improving the quality of care.