Annual Report 2015–16

Tabled 12 October 2016

Our 201516 annual report provides a summary of our performance in 2015–16. It is prepared in accordance with the Audit Act 1994, the Financial Management Act 1994, and the Financial Reporting Directions and the Standing Directions of the Minister for Finance.

The main body of the Annual Report contains our office’s report of operations and financial statements (including the opinion of the independent external auditor appointed by the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee). It also reports on:

  • our output performance measures as set out in the State Budget Papers
  • the achievement of our objectives as set out in our Strategic Plan 2015–16
  • the implementation of audits proposed as part of our Annual Plan 2015–16
  • the impact and value of our work across the public sector
  • activities we have undertaken in support of our staff development and wellbeing.

Appendix One of the Annual Report contains VAGO’s Key Audit Themes, a summary of common findings from the 39 audit reports tabled in Parliament this year, across areas of: 

  • governance and oversight
  • effective leadership
  • managing information
  • implementation and delivery
  • measuring and reporting performance
  • monitoring and managing risks to financial sustainability
  • stakeholder engagement.

We encourage public sector agencies to self-assess their governance, performance and operations against the common findings identified in our Key Audit Themes.

We also comply with the Victorian Government endorsed DataVic Access Policy, which enables public access to government data and improves how the public sector shares information. Agreed data sets can be viewed here. A complete listing of all our current Audit Service Providers can be found here.

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Link to the ‘Snapshot of our year’ section of the Annual Report   Link to the Acting Auditor-General's review section of the Annual Report    Link to the ‘Our impact’ section of the Annual Report

A snapshot of highlights from 2015–16 and some background information about VAGO.


Dr Peter Frost reviews VAGO's achievements for 2015–16.


We look at the value of our work to Parliament, public sector agencies and the public.

Link to the ‘Our people’ section of the Annual Report    Link to the ‘Our office’ section of the Annual Report   Link to the ‘Performance audit’ section of the Annual Report

We discuss our people, including workforce capacity and employment and conduct.


We look at our governance arrangements in relation to executive management, risk and audit, legislation and policy, environmental management and contribution to capacity building.  Read more...


  This section reports on our performance audit program, which forms part of Output Group 1:  Parliamentary reports and services. Performance audits may examine all or part of an agency’s activities.
Link to the ‘Financial audit’ section of the Annual Report   Link to the ‘Our financial management’ section of the Annual Report   Link to the ‘Appendices’ section of the Annual Report
This section reports on our financial audit program, which contributes to both Output Group 1: Parliamentary reports and services and Output Group 2, Audit reports on financial statements.  Read more...   We look at the management of our budget, financial performance, financial position and our audited financial statements.
  This section contains all appendices of the report:

Appendix one: Key Audit Themes

Appendix two: External engagements in 2015–16

Appendix three: Employee profile by gender, age and classification

Appendix four: Disclosure index

Appendix five: Extract of whole-of-government financial statements—non-audited

Appendix six: Policies and compliance

Appendix seven: Additional information available on request

Appendix eight: Five-year statistics