QBCC governance review 2022

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is the industry’s self-funded, independent regulator. This review examines the roles and responsibilities of the QBCC, and the Queensland Building and Construction Board, along with their respective policies, procedures and practices that affect the third-largest contributor to Queensland’s...

Review of culture and accountability in the Queensland public sector: final report

This review aspires to influence a cultural shift, which encourages openness from the top, starting with Cabinet processes and a resulting shared focus on identifying and dealing with the challenges Queensland faces.

Regulatory approaches to preventing organised crime among outlaw motorcycle gangs

This study explores the impact of a regulatory approach to organised crime in Queensland which restricted outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) members from working in certain industries.

The '80 per cent rule': the Serious Violent Offences Scheme in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld): final report

This report presents the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s findings and recommendations on its review into the operation and efficacy of the serious violent offences ('SVO') scheme under Part 9A of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld).

New ways for our families

This report presents the results of a literature review and the findings from the initial cycles of action research conducted with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chief investigators, community researchers and practitioners working in eight community-controlled child and family services across Queensland.

Considering human rights in decision making: evaluation of the introduction of structured-decision making framework in the Public Trustee Queensland

Since the 2006 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, significant change has occurred in the provision of decision-making support for people with cognitive disabilities. This report evaluates the introduction of a Structured Decision-Making Framework by the Public Trustee Queensland (QPT) to...

A supercharged climate: rain bombs, flash flooding and destruction

The record-breaking and relentless deluge that has flooded towns and cities in Queensland and New South Wales is one of the most extreme disasters in Australian history. This report explains how climate change is intensifying extreme rainfall and how the frequency of these events is...

Breaking new ground

To secure enduring prosperity in south-west Queensland, this report argues that the state cannot rely on renewable projects alone—many of the jobs they create are short-term construction jobs, with far fewer long-term stable jobs in maintenance and operations. This report outlines the opportunities that are...

Reforming Queensland’s authorisation framework for the use of restrictive practices

This submission considers the use of restrictive practices as a form of behaviour control are often based on the assumption that the problem lies with the individual rather than the systems that control them, and that the solution lies with a restriction of personal freedoms...

Regulating dam safety

The owner of a dam is responsible for its safety. Having a dam safety management program in place can minimise the risk of its failure and the potential impact on human life and property. This audit provides insights on the Queensland dam regulator’s framework for...

Improving access to specialist outpatient services

This audit report finds that by implementing the Specialist Outpatient Strategy, Queensland Health has improved patient access to specialist outpatient services and addressed the backlog of long waits at a point in time.

Energy 2021

This report summarises the audit results of Queensland’s six energy entities. The report concludes that the financial statements of Queensland's energy entities are reliable and energy sector profits have increased. However, weaknesses in the entities’ information systems still persist.

Regulating animal welfare services

This report assesses the effectiveness of the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries' engagement with RSPCA Queensland, and whether the department is using the mechanisms available to provide oversight in administering the regulation of animal welfare services.

Human induced regeneration: a spatiotemporal study

Human induced regeneration (HIR) is one of a suite of carbon capture initiatives known as ‘methods’ for creating carbon credits that is overseen by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER). The objective of this study is to develop a suitable methodology to assess the effectiveness of...
Discussion paper

The ‘80 per cent rule’: the serious violent offences scheme in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld) - issues paper

This issues paper has been prepared to gather and present information about the serious violent offences scheme to assist stakeholders and community members to provide their views to the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council on the scheme and options for reform.

Improving the regulation of restrictive practices in Queensland: a way forward

This paper argues that regulations that authorise and monitor the use of restrictive practices should encourage minimal usage of restrictive practices, provide conditions for their use, include safeguards and protections for those people on whom they are used, and contain clear guidance for those who...

Solutions for improved digital connectivity in FNQ: building community and disaster resilience in the Gulf Savannah

This project has brought together Gulf Savannah property owners, councils, communities, development organisations, businesses owners, technical experts, and telecommunications service providers to collaboratively identify and define mobile and broadband challenges during the 2019 monsoon trough event and recovery phase, and to devise novel technical solutions...

Elder abuse statistics in Queensland: year in review 2020–21

The 2021 report contains a range of descriptive statistics and analyses of Helpline data collected during the 2020–21 financial year.

Yarning about sad news and sorry business

This toolkit, developed in collaboration with Health Consumers Queensland, gathers insights and perspectives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Queensland on engagement and consultation processes in relation to palliative care.

Court appearances via video link for young people in detention in Queensland

This research identifies strategies to improve current video-link processes and changes to protocols needed to minimise the risk of adverse outcomes for the children appearing via this technology.