Role of the Auditor-General

John Doyle, the Victorian Auditor-General
John Doyle,
current 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 Victorians.  

Functions—The Auditor-General conducts and reports on financial and performance audits.

Office—The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office, which has around 185 staff, supports the Auditor-General.

Independence—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.

Parliament—Although independent, the Auditor-General is still accountable to Parliament, via the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC). For example:

  • 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.