Our history

The first Auditor-General was appointed in 1851, making us one of the oldest public sector institutions in Victoria.

The first Auditors-General examined the state’s finances and assessed whether the financial reports provided a fair and
accurate representation of the state’s financial position at 30 June each year. Over time, VAGO was asked to broaden its work to look at how effectively the public sector was performing in its use of public resources.

Our auditing approach continues to evolve as a result of legislative reform and changes in auditing practice and standards. We now have ‘follow the dollar’ powers and we can extend our performance audits to include how well private contractors have delivered public services using public resources.

Auditors-General since 1851

Andrew Greaves 2016 – present
John Doyle 2013 – 2015
Des Pearson 2006 – 2012
Wayne Cameron 1999 – 2006
Chesleigh Antony Baragwanath 1988 – 1999
Richard Humphry 1986 – 1988
Brian Joseph Waldron 1977 – 1986
Bruce Hamilton 1970 – 1977
Arthur John Alliance Gardner 1965 – 1970
Redvers William Gillard 1957 – 1965
Edward A Peverill 1938 – 1957
John Alexander Norris 1919 – 1937
Frederick Horatio Bruford 1903 – 1919
James Hamilton Reid 1902 – 1903
James Bagge 1902
Charles Alfred Topp * 1901 – 1902
Alfred William Howitt * 1895 – 1902
Arthur Moorah * 1890 – 1902
J W Fosberry * 1887 – 1901
T R Wilson * 1894 – 1895
T W Jackson * 1885 – 1894
Charles Hunt Symonds * 1857 – 1886
Alfred Agg * 1857 – 1886
Francis Jones * 1857 – 1885
Edward Grimes 1853 – 1857
Hugh Culling Earley Childers 1852 – 1853
Charles Hotson Ebden 1851 – 1852 

 * One of 3 Commissioners of Audit

Biographical information on all Auditors-General listed up to Wayne Cameron can be found in In the Public Interest: 150 years of the Victorian Auditor-General's Office, by Peter Yule, which VAGO commissioned in 2001 to celebrate 150 years of public office.