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 Victorians.
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
- 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
- VAGO is audited
regularly—financial and performance audits—by auditors recommended