Role of the Auditor-General
The Auditor-General is an independent officer of the
Victorian Parliament, appointed to examine the management of
resources within the public sector on behalf of Parliament and
conducts and reports on financial and performance audits.
Auditor-General’s Office, which has around 185 staff, supports the
Auditor-General cannot be directed by anyone,
including Parliament and the government. Dismissal is only by
a resolution of both Houses of Parliament, which is a key
protection of independence.
Legislation—The Audit Act
1994 gives the Auditor-General powers and functions. This
includes the legal basis for:
- accessing all government information
- freedom to report on findings arising from audits.
independent, the Auditor-General is still accountable to
Parliament, via the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC).
- the Auditor-General must consult PAEC on VAGO’s Annual Plan and
all performance audit specifications
- VAGO is audited regularly—financial and performance audits—by
auditors recommended by PAEC.
Last updated on 30/06/2016