Past Inquiries

Inquiry Report By Submissions Closed

Committee Secretariat Contact

Parliament House
George Street


Committee Membership

Mr Wayne Wendt MP, Member for Ipswich West, Chair
Mr Ian Rickuss MP, Member for Lockyer, Deputy Chair
Mr Michael Crandon MP, Member for Coomera
Ms Dianne Farmer MP, Member for Bulimba
Mr Ray Hopper MP, Member for Condamine
Ms Mary-Anne O'Neill MP, Member for Kallangur
Mrs Christine Smith MP, Member for Burleigh

Functions of the Committee

The information on this page relates to the committee of the 53rd Parliament, and ceased to exist on 16 June 2011 by a motion in the House.


On 19 May 2009, a bill was passed in the House amending the Parliament Of Queensland Act 2001 to merge the Public Accounts Committee and the Public Works Committee into a single committee entitled the Public Accounts and Public Works Committee.

The Committee's area of responsibility as described in s.95 of the Act:

(a) the assessment of the integrity, economy, efficiency and effectiveness of government financial management by:

  • examining Government financial documents; and
  • considering the reports of the Auditor-General.

(b) works (public works) undertaken by an entity that is a constructing authority for the works if the committee decides to consider the works;

(c) any major government owned corporation works if the committee decides to consider the works.

The committee's work involves following up matters raised in the reports to Parliament by the Auditor-General. This ensures that public sector financial issues are scrutinised for the benefit of the Parliament and the public.

In deciding whether to consider a public work the committee may have regard to matters such as:

  • the purpose and suitability of the work;
  • the necessity and advisability of the work;
  • value for money achieved by the work;
  • revenue and costs for the work;
  • public value of the work;
  • procurement methods for the work; and
  • impact on the community, economy and environment.

The committee's statutory powers allow it to hold public hearings and take evidence on those issues it resolves to follow up. The committee presents the findings of its inquiries in reports which are tabled in the Parliament.