Past Inquiries

Inquiry Report By Submissions Closed

Committee Secretariat Contact

Parliament House
George Street


Committee Membership

Mr Scott Stewart MP, Member for Townsville, Chair
Miss Verity Barton MP, Member for Broadwater, Deputy Chair
Mr Mark Boothman MP, Member for Albert
Mr Bruce Saunders MP, Member for Maryborough
Mr Ted Sorensen MP, Member for Hervey Bay
Mr Richard (Rick) Williams MP, Member for Pumicestone

Functions of the Committee

The information on this page relates to the committee of the 55th Parliament, which ended with the dissolution of the Parliament on 29 October 2017.


The Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee was established by the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 18 February 2016 as a portfolio committee with responsibility for the following areas:

  • Education, Tourism, Major Events and Commonwealth Games
  • Innovation, Science, the Digital Economy and Small Business 

In relation to its areas of responsibility, the Committee:

  • examines Bills to consider the policy to be enacted;
  • examines the estimates of each department;
  • examines Bills for the application of the fundamental legislative principles set out in section 4 of the Legislative Standards Act 1992;
  • considers the lawfulness of subordinate legislation;
  • assesses the public accounts of each department in regard to the integrity, economy, efficiency and effectiveness of financial management by:
    • examining government financial documents, and
    • considering the annual and other reports of the auditor-general 
  • considers Departments’ public works in light of matters including, but not limited to the: 
    • suitability of the works for the purpose,
    • necessity for the works,
    • value for money of the works,
    • revenue produced by, and recurrent costs of, the works, or estimates of revenue and costs,
    • present and prospective public value of the works,
    • procurement methods used for the works, and
    • actual suitability of the works in meeting the needs in and achieving the stated purpose of the works.

The Committee must also investigate any issue referred to it by the Legislative Assembly or under an Act, whether or not the issue is within the Committee’s areas of responsibility.