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Governance in action

Introduction

Corporate governance relates to how an organisation is directed and managed. It influences how the organisation's objectives are set and achieved, how risk is monitored and assessed and how performance is optimised.

Open and transparent corporate governance processes support the department's continuous improvement as it plans, delivers, reviews and reports on its priorities and objectives.

The department focuses on effective governance through leadership, responsible and ethical decision making, and positive relationships with its stakeholders. Our corporate governance arrangements evolve to ensure our department is managed effectively, efficiently and transparently.

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Organisational structure

On the 1 May 2009, the department announced a new interim organisational structure (new window) 64K Adobe PDF document to meet the department's new priorities for 2009-10.

This new organisational structure will help the department to focus on what is needed, meet the challenges of the future, avoid duplication, reduce bureaucracy and encourage innovative thinking. Some of the changes will ensure that decisions and services occur locally where possible.

Our department is committed to delivering a massive infrastructure program in schools, and to giving Queenslanders the skills they need to meet the requirements of modern industry. Ongoing reforms in the areas of Indigenous education and training also reflect the department's commitment to providing these young people with the skills they need for the future.

The current organisational structure, approved on 1 September 2009, can be found online (new window) 393K Adobe PDF document.

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Governance arrangements

The department continues to enhance its governance arrangements and internal procedures to improve the organisation's culture of inclusiveness in its deliberations and decision-making processes. The following corporate governance principles underpin the structure and processes of the department's committees:

  • leadership, ethics and performance
  • risk management
  • internal conformance and accountability
  • planning and performance monitoring
  • external conformance and accountability
  • stakeholder relationships
  • review and evaluation governance arrangements
  • information and decision support.

The following governance committees support the role of the Executive Management Group (EMG) by providing forums for senior executives to consider a range of departmental strategic issues and activities. The committees then provide recommendations to the EMG.

Corporate governance subcommittees

  • Strategic Leadership Group
  • Audit and Risk Management Committee
  • Workforce Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Information Committee
  • Strategic Assets Planning Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Shared Service Providers Governing Board

See Corporate governance committees for further information.

Statutory bodies and entities

The following statutory bodies and committees produce their own annual reports to be tabled in Parliament:

  • Gold Coast Institute of TAFE (GCIT)
  • Grammar schools
  • Non-State Schools Accreditation Board
  • Non-State Schools Eligibility for Government Funding Committee
  • Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)
  • Queensland Studies Authority (QSA)
  • Southbank Institute of Technology (SBIT)
  • The Building and Construction Industry Training Fund (BCITF) (Qld) trading as Construction Skills Queensland
  • Training Ombudsman
  • Universities

Further information about these statutory bodies can be found in Statutory bodies and other entities (new window) 49K Adobe PDF document .

Other entities and councils

The following entities and councils are included within the department's financial statements:

  • Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB)
  • Aviation Australia
  • Parents and Citizens' Associations (P&Cs)
  • Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee (QIECC)
  • TAFE Queensland Institute Councils
  • Training and Employment Recognition Council

Further information about these statutory bodies can be found in Statutory bodies and other entities (new window) 49K Adobe PDF document.

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External scrutiny

Queensland Auditor-General

The Queensland Auditor-General conducts various audits:

  • financial and compliance audits where the Auditor-General reviews the department's financial statements to assess whether they are true and fair, and checks our account keeping methods to ensure they meet prescribed requirements. For a copy of the 2008-09 Independent Auditor's Report for the Department of Education and Training
  • information systems audits where information systems and services are examined and recommendations are made about improving financial systems and controls
  • performance management systems audits, which focus on the performance measurement systems to assess how effectively, efficiently and economically our objectives are being met.

The Queensland Auditor-General performed a number of wide-ranging audits across the Queensland Government. The following reports relate specifically to the Department of Education and Training:

  • Report No. 4 for 2008 - Results of audits as at 31 May 2008
  • Report to Parliament No. 6 for 2008 - Follow-up audit of workforce planning at the departments of Education, Training and the Arts and Health, incorporating their responses to an ageing workforce: A performance management systems audit
  • Follow-up of selected audits tabled in 2006 - a performance management systems audit.

For more detailed information about how the recommendations made by the Auditor-General affected the department, and the department's response to these recommendations, please refer to Significant reviews (new window) 81K Adobe PDF document

Queensland Parliament

The Legislative Assembly of Queensland has established a number of parliamentary committees to help the Queensland Parliament operate more effectively. Committees investigate specific issues and report back to the Parliament. Some committees also have continuing roles to monitor and review public sector organisations or keep areas of the law or activity under review.

In 2008-09 the Public Accounts and Public Works Committee tabled the following reports in Parliament, which relate to this department:

  • Public Accounts Committee Report 81 - Review of Auditor-General Report 7 for 2007, addressing skills shortages in Queensland
  • Report 100: Prep school year capital works program - December 2008.

For more detailed information about how the recommendations made by the Public Accounts and Public Works Committee affected the department, and the department's response to these recommendations, please refer to Significant reviews (new window) 81K Adobe PDF document

Training Ombudsman

The Training Ombudsman's role is to assist apprentices, trainees and their employers, as well as other people involved in Queensland's apprenticeship and traineeship system. The Training Ombudsman's office investigates complaints from apprentices, trainees and employers who believe they have been treated unfairly or unreasonably.

In 2008-09 the Training Ombudsman commenced a review of school-based apprenticeships or traineeships (SAT). This report will be finalised in December 2009.

Independent reviews

Periodically, the Queensland Government will commission an independent review that encompasses one or more portfolios.

Queensland Education Performance Review (Masters Review)

In 2008 the Queensland Government commissioned Professor Geoff Masters, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council for Educational Research, to review the performance of Queensland primary schooling, with a specific focus on potential improvements to literacy, numeracy and science outcomes.

For more detailed information about the recommendations and the Queensland Government's response, see the Masters Review

Independent review of government boards, committees and statutory authorities (Weller Review)

In July 2008 an independent review of Queensland Government boards, committees and statutory authorities (Weller Review) commenced and was undertaken in two parts. The independent reviewers presented Part B to the Premier and it was publicly released on 31 March 2009.

For more detailed information about the recommendations made by the Independent Review, how these affected the Department of Education and Training, and the Queensland Government's response to these specific recommendations, please refer to Significant reviews (new window) 81K Adobe PDF document.

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