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QUEENSLAND MUSEUM ANNUAL REPORT
BOARD OF THE
22 August 2019
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts GPO BOX 5078 BRISBANE QLD 4001
I am pleased to submit for presentation to the Parliament the Annual Report 2018–2019 and financial statements for the Board of the Queensland Museum.
I certify that this annual report complies with:
• the prescribed requirements of the Financial Accountability Act 2009 and the Financial and Performance Management Standard 2009, and
• the detailed requirements set out in the Annual report requirements for Queensland Government agencies.
A checklist outlining the annual reporting requirements can be found on page 78 of this annual report.
Professor Margaret Sheil AO
Board of the Queensland Museum
2 VISION 2 MISSION 2 PURPOSE
3 QUEENSLAND MUSEUM NETWORK
7 BOARD OF THE QUEENSLAND MUSEUM
8 CHAIR’S OVERVIEW
9 CEO’S OVERVIEW
10 HIGHLIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
12 WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE 13 AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS AND RECOGNITION
14 GOVERNMENT OBJECTIVES FOR THE COMMUNITY 15 STRATEGIC PLAN 2018–2022 15 OPERATIONAL PLAN 2018–2019 16 OPERATING ENVIRONMENT 16 STRATEGIC RISKS 16 STRATEGIC OPORTUNITIES
18 PERFORMANCE MEASURES 20 STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
31 MANAGEMENT AND STRUCTURE 35 BOARD OF THE QUEENSLAND MUSEUM 40 FINANCE, AUDIT AND RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 41 QUEENSLAND MUSEUM ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE (QMATSICC) 42 QUEENSLAND MUSEUM FOUNDATION 42 PUBLIC SECTOR ETHICS 42 QUEENSLAND PUBLIC SERVICE VALUES 43 RISK MANAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY 44 INFORMATION SYSTEMS 44 HUMAN RESOURCES 45 WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY
46 OPEN DATA
49 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
49 SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE 51 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 73 CERTIFICATE OF THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 74 INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT
78 COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST
79 QMN PUBLICATIONS
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VISION The vision of Queensland Museum (QM) is to be the premier museum in Australia, connecting real objects and contemporary research with communities, creating authentic and compelling experiences, and telling stories that inspire, enrich and empower. QM does this through its network of seven campuses and through outreach into Queensland communities.
MISSION To inspire generations of Queenslanders to discover, celebrate and value our distinctive natural and cultural environments.
PURPOSE A Queensland network of museums without borders that inspires curiosity to connect the past, make sense of the present and help navigate the future in our communities, classrooms and online.
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QUEENSLAND MUSEUM NETWORK
Queensland Museum Network (QMN) is the keeping place for the State Collection of more than 1.2 million objects and specimens, valued at more than $546 million, and more than 14 million research collection items.
The Queensland Museum was founded in January 1862 by the Queensland Philosophical Society. QMN has grown considerably since then with the Museum coming under the responsibility of the State Government in 1871 and moving into its first purpose-built premises in 1879. Today, QMN is governed by the Board of the Queensland Museum (the Board) and includes:
• Queensland Museum (including SparkLab, Sciencentre) in the heart of Brisbane’s Cultural Centre at South Brisbane
• Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba
• Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville
• The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich
• Queensland Museum Collections, Research and Loans Centre at Hendra, Brisbane
• Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying in Brisbane
• Earth Sciences Museum, The University of Queensland in Brisbane.
Over the years QMN has changed with Queensland as it discovers, documents, and celebrates the state’s natural, cultural and scientific diversity. With respected scientific and cultural research, significant and varied collections, and community outreach services, QMN continues to offer Queensland’s residents and visitors enriching cultural, social and intellectual experiences.
QMN reaches far beyond the walls of its museums, connecting with millions of people through museum experiences, events, workshops, talks and lectures, school education kits, publications, online resources. Regional support across the state is enabled via our Museum Development Officer Network and World Science Festival programming. We continually strive to be a cultural and scientific leader by successfully harnessing the support of industry, governments and communities.
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QUEENSLAND MUSEUM South Brisbane | Opened 1986
Queensland Museum (QM) at South Bank is the Network’s flagship campus in the heart of Brisbane’s Cultural Centre. Permanent galleries include: the redeveloped SparkLab, Sciencentre; the new Anzac Legacy Gallery; the redeveloped Discovery Centre where visitors can interact with hundreds of objects, animals and fossils; the Lost Creatures gallery about Queensland dinosaurs and megafauna; and the Wild State gallery showcasing Queensland’s unique biodiversity. QM regularly hosts national and international touring exhibitions and offers a range of public and educational programs. QM houses a significant proportion of the State Collection as well as several research and conservation laboratories.
2018–19 HIGHLIGHTS: • We welcomed more than 2,218,689 visitors to
• World Science Festival Brisbane (WSFB) 2019 attracted 205,229 visitors in Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Gladstone and Townsville.
• The British Museum exhibition Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives attracted 155,746 visitors and its ‘win a trip’ competition received 35,691 entries and Museum of Scotland’s Monkeys: A Primate Story received 86,882 visitors.
• Programming for all ages continued to delight visitors with our Night at the Museum and After Dark events, annual sleepover, Halloween event and National Science Week proving popular.
• The new interactive gallery, SparkLab, Sciencentre has received 121,290 visitors since opening on 17 September 2018 with 40 interactive exhibits, a science bar and Maker Space programs.
• Anzac Legacy Gallery opened in November 2018, giving Mephisto a permanent home.
• The Discovery Centre re-opened in March 2019 after undergoing major refurbishment.
• Memberships continued to grow, reaching more than 19,156 members across QMN.
• Our scientists described 176 new species and we published 120 peer-review research papers.
MUSEUM OF TROPICAL QUEENSLAND 70–102 Flinders Street, Townsville | Opened 1987
Museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ) explores the natural and cultural heritage of the state’s northern region, including the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics. The Museum houses an internationally important collection of Acropora corals and galleries including Colour: Secret Language of the Reef, Discover Tropical Queensland and the 18th century shipwreck, HMS Pandora.
2018–19 HIGHLIGHTS: • MTQ attracted 97,565 visitors in 2018–19, a 4 per cent
increase on last year.
• Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival, on display from 2 June to 21 October 2018, attracted 48,734 visitors, including record visitation months of July 2018 with 15,549 visitors and August 2018 with 7,037 visitors.
• The Sciencentre gallery opened on 15 December 2018 as a new permanent exhibition featuring more than 20 interactive stations. Together with the Summer Days holiday program, the Sciencentre opening attracted 19,703 visitors, the best summer period since 2016-17.
• WSFB returned to Townsville on 8 and 9 March, attracting 3,241 visitors. This included a free entry Street Science community day with 1,857 people and two sold out shows featuring Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.
• MTQ’s internally developed exhibition Natural Curiosity: Discovering the secrets of Queensland’s greatest collections opened on Saturday 6 April, showcasing highlights from the QMN’s natural history collections and attracting 17,608 visitors in 2018–19.
• International Museum Day on 18 May 2019 was celebrated with a free entry day and attracted 1,102 visitors, a 95 per cent increase on 2018.
• Two displays were produced with external organisations: From Swords to Ploughshares with James Cook University from 4 January to 3 March 2019 and Hard labour for Sweet Fields: the history of sugar in the Ingham region with the Hinchinbrook City Council and the Halifax Museum from 18 March to 14 July 2019.
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THE WORKSHOPS RAIL MUSEUM North Street, North Ipswich | Opened 2002
The Workshops Rail Museum (TWRM), a multiple Queensland and Australian Tourism Award winner, is located in the regional city of Ipswich, the birthplace of rail in Queensland. It offers an interactive cultura