Queensland's 77 councils provide vital infrastructure services that help grow local economies. They deliver roads, water, and sewerage services to an estimated 4.8 million people. Many also provide their communities with public open space, cleaning services, and cultural facilities such as museums and libraries. A small number operate childcare centres and other businesses.
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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.
Procurement of services and supplies makes up a significant proportion of expenditure for Queensland Government departments. During 2015–16, 21 government departments and 16 Hospital and Health Services made around 2.1 million separate payments to procure about $10 billion of supplies and services from 33 903 suppliers (excluding capital spend). This is about 18 per cent of their total expenditure.
Freight transport plays a significant role in the Australian economy with transport businesses moving freight long distances by road between Australia's widely spread population centres. Half a million registered heavy vehicles operated in Australia in 2012, and the need for freight transport continues to grow.
Children can benefit in many ways by participating in a quality kindergarten program before starting formal schooling. The National Partnerships Agreement on Early Childhood Education was established in 2009 by Australian, state and territory governments in recognition of the importance of kindergarten. The Government is subsidising kindergarten programs through the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS). This report examines how well the QKFS supports universal access to quality kindergarten services for Queensland children.
This report summarises the results of the seven Queensland public universities and their controlled entities; the eight grammar schools; and a small number of other education-specific entities that have a 31 December financial year end date.
This report also looks at an area of control focus - risk management - across the university sector, using our risk management and maturity model. The model can be found at Appendix H of the report, page 64.
This report summarises the results of our financial audits including the timeliness and quality of financial reporting, assessments of internal controls, and financial sustainability of the 77 Queensland local governments (councils). The report contains good practice guidance on related parties and audit committee work plans. It highlights asset management as a significant financial reporting issue.
This report examines the effectiveness of flood resilience activities in Queensland since 2011, focusing specifically on the Bremer, Lockyer, Mid and Upper Brisbane river catchments.
This report examines how effectively 39 of Queensland's 51 public hospitals are managing their 221 public operating theatres to deliver emergency and elective surgical services. We analysed whether the systems and practices they use to manage, monitor and report on their theatre efficiency are effective.
Volume Two with report provides the metrics for each of the Hospital and Health Services. The metrics for each individual Hospital and Health Service is also provided.
This report examines whether the weighted average cost of capital (WACC), used in conjunction with the revenue decision made by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), was prepared by Energex in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations.
This report examines whether Queensland Government departments are using cloud technology to deliver business value while managing the risks.