A scathing report by the Queensland Auditor-General on the management of government employee housing may suggest future opportunities for suppliers in the area of tenancy and maintenance management systems.
The Auditor found the current management by the Departments of Education Training and the Arts, Health, Police and Public Works to be ineffective, and recommended the entire system be reviewed. The report identified a need for improvement in the operation of the whole-of-Government management framework and the departmental systems used to manage tenancy and maintenance.
The report revealed shortcomings in systems for condition assessment, maintenance scheduling, asset management, tenancy management, and strategic planning for procurement and maintenance.
In particular, the Auditor stated “Whole-of-Government management of the State employee housing assets was found to be ineffective with poor information available and appropriate management information systems not being in place.”
In response Minister for Public Works Robert Schwarten, said the Government had decided to develop a uniform framework covering all aspects from purchase to tenancy management and maintenance.