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.
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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.
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.
Most public sector entities, including departments, statutory bodies, and government owned corporations and the entities they control, prepare annual financial statements and table these in parliament. Each year the Treasurer also prepares consolidated state government financial statements. The consolidated state government financial statements separately disclose transactions and balances for the general government sector and the total state sector.
Queensland's state and local government owned water entities form part of the state's water supply chain. Comprising bulk water suppliers, retailers, distributors, local governments, and smaller water boards, these entities provide water to households, agriculture, mining, electricity generation, tourism, and manufacturing industries.
The state government's six rail and port entities provide Queensland with access to passenger and freight transport facilities, generate profit, and benefit the public.
The four main energy entities—Stanwell Corporation Limited, CS Energy Limited, Queensland Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited (trading as Powerlink), and Energy Queensland Limited (EQL)—and 31 subsidiaries owned by the Queensland Government form part of the east coast national electricity grid. They are part of a supply chain that comprises generation, transmission, distribution, and retail.
Achieving intended sentence outcomes depends on how efficiently and effectively the court's prison sentence is administered.
This audit follows up on the three recommendations QAO made in Monitoring and reporting performance (Report 18: 2013–14), which was tabled in June 2014.
Public sector entities must report publicly on their performance as part of their accountability obligations. This demonstrates their effective stewardship and responsible use of taxpayer‑funded resources.