The department is building Queensland’s future by giving all children a great start, engaging young people in learning, and creating safe, fair and productive workplaces and communities.
In 2019–20, the department achieved an operating surplus of $1.314 million against a total departmental controlled budget of $9.954 billion. Key investments included the continued implementation of the new senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems for students entering Year 11 from 2019, delivering on the
Cooler Cleaner Schools Program to address the energy needs of the expanded fleet of air conditioners in state schools, as well as investments under the
Building Future Schools Fund to address enrolment growth pressures in state schools and the need for additional state schools across Queensland.
The department’s material financial statement balances reflect our large school land and buildings portfolio across 1,249 schools, and the salaries of over 70,000 school, regional and central office staff. Supplies and services are dominated by curriculum resources, school utility costs, and the maintenance and upkeep of our large asset base, including operational contract costs.
The COVID–19 pandemic has not materially impacted the department’s financial results. However, the department has experienced limited reduction in revenues relating to Education International and local school activities such as excursions and rent waivers. There have also been limited reductions in costs in certain areas such as travel, although these cost reductions were offset by additional costs in areas such as extra cleaning and information communication technology.
In accordance with the requirements of section 77(2) (b) of the
Financial Accountability Act 2009, I have provided the Director-General with a statement that the financial internal controls of the department are operating efficiently, effectively and economically in conformance with section 54 of the
Financial and Performance Management Standard 2019. As Chief Finance Officer, I have therefore fulfilled the minimum responsibilities as required by section 77(1) (b) of the
Financial Accountability Act 2009.
A/Assistant Director-General, Finance
Chief Finance Officer
Controlled revenue |||||
|Departmental services revenue||8,350,390||8,780,098||8,788,389||8,743,277||9,416,379|
|Administered grants (state)||851,555||848,821||875,602||878,917||917,746|
|Employee expenses ($000)||5,931,087||6,248,689||6,600,850||7,031,481||7,603,666|
|Number of employees at 30 June (FTE)||68,103||69,356||72,341||73,741||73,971|
Note: due to machinery-of-government changes, Training and Skills functions transferred to the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training effective 1 January 2018, and Industrial Relations was transferred in to the department from Queensland Treasury.
Source: Department of Education
For a comprehensive set of financial statements covering all aspects of the department’s activities, see the
financial statements section of this annual report. No totals have been adjusted for commercial-in-confidence requirements.