The Department of Public Works was established as a separate department after the 1998 election by the division of the former Department of Public Works and Housing. Subsequently, the following agencies were incorporated into the Public Works Department: Queensland State Archives and CITEC from 12 Feb 2004, Information Economy from 26 Feb 2004 and Racing from 1 Jul 2004. In July 2004, the design and construction functions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing also became part of the Department of Public Works.
In addition to leading the Government's capital works building program, the Department provided a number of other essential services to government agencies. Its functions were:
Government building consultancy (Project Services), property facilities management, Government accommodation and Public Service residences, building construction, maintenance, security, horticultural and cleaning services (QBuild),
Government motor vehicles fleet management (QFleet),
Government printing, publishing and information management (Goprint),
Government warehousing and distribution of general supplies and furniture (SDS),
National information and communications technology (CITEC),
Government Purchasing (Qld Purchasing),
Whole-of-government advice and assistance to agencies for capital works, asset management and procurement practices (Works Division),
Whole-of-government Archival and records management (QSA),
Whole-of-government information and communication technologies (ICT),
Professional practices and registration of professional engineers and architects.
Shared Services Provision (except Health and Education, Training and the Arts Department) - from 21 Sep 2007
In addition, the Racing Division provided a policy and regulatory framework which maintained public confidence in the integrity of the Queensland racing industry. From 13 Sep 2006 this Division was transferred to the Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation.
From 26 March 2009, functions under the portfolio of the Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication and Technology are:
Archives; from Feb 2011: Minister for Government Services, Building Industry and Information and Communication Technology:
Government Accommodation and Public Service Residences
Government Buildings including-
• Design, Maintenance and Construction
• Project Management
• Protective Services
Government Communication and Information Services
Government Information Planning
Government Motor Vehicles
Government Printing and Publishing
Government Purchasing (including electronic procurement and the State Purchasing Advisory Council)
Licensing and regulation of the Queensland building industry (1 July 2010)
Queensland home warranty insurance scheme (1 July 2010)
Professional Practices and Registration of Professional Engineers and Architects
Property Facilities Management and Property Related Services for Government
Smart Service Queensland
Shared Services Provision (other than Queensland Health and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet) and Shared Service Systems - to 9 Apr 2009
Shared Services Provision (other than Queensland Health, the Department of Education and Training, and that part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet that services Arts Queensland) and Shared Service Systems - from 9 Apr 2009
Urban Design and Government Architect
Warehousing and Distribution of General Merchandise and Furniture
The Department's administrative structure introduced in 2004/05 comprised two public works divisions (the Works Division and the Services Division), the Racing Division and the technology service provider CITEC.
The Works Division comprised Infrastructure and Major Projects, Government Office Accommodation Unit, Portfolio and Housing Unit, Industry Policy Unit and Built Environment Research Unit as well as the commercial business units, Project Services and QBuild together with its support areas. These business units have regional offices throughout Queensland.
The Services division comprised Queensland Purchasing, Queensland State Archives, Shared Services, Government ICT and the commercialised business units QFleet, Goprint and SDS together with the Division's support areas.
The Racing Division had two functional units, the Office of Racing Regulation and the Racing Science Centre - to 13 Sep 2006.
Under Departmental Arrangements Notice (No. 1) 2012, the Department of Public Works was restructured and renamed the Department of Housing and Public Works on 3 April 2012.