Victorian Auditor-General announces his resignation
On Wednesday 8 August, the Victorian Auditor-General, Mr Des
Pearson notified the Governor in Council of his decision to resign
his position with effect from Friday 14 December 2012.
Mr Pearson has issued the following statement:
‘Today I have notified the Governor in Council of my decision to
resign as Victorian Auditor-General with effect from Friday 14
It has been an honour to serve as Victoria’s twenty-fifth
Auditor-General and to complete a 42 year public service career,
including the last 21 years as an Auditor-General. The time is now
right for me to move on to the next phase of life and it has been a
privilege to be able to contribute to improving the accountability
and performance of the public sector.
During my six years as Victorian Auditor-General I believe much
has been achieved including the development of a four-year rolling
annual plan that is aligned with the stated goals of the elected
government. We have further refined and developed our financial and
performance audit approaches to provide greater assurance to
Parliament about the accountability and performance of the
Victorian Public Sector.
The rigour of our methodologies, the transparency of our audit
approach and the respect earned for our audit opinions and reports
to Parliament are testament to our achievements. It has been
especially gratifying to receive consistently positive feedback
from Members of Parliament and the community about our concise and
reader-friendly performance audit reports and our adoption of
sector-based financial reporting.
I would like to thank my staff without whom our advances in
strategic and annual planning, stakeholder engagement and reporting
would not have been possible.
I also acknowledge the support of my fellow integrity officers
and the good relationships with Ministers, Members of Parliament,
departmental secretaries and audited entities, and the strong
support I have received from Parliament and the Public Accounts and
Estimates Committees of the 55th, 56th and now the 57th