Annual Report 2018–19

Tabled: 29 August 2019

Appendix F. Policies and compliance


Under section 75(2)(c) of the Audit Act 1994 we have to report the names of any persons to whom the Auditor-General delegated the power to express a written audit opinion under section 8. In 2018–19, the Auditor-General delegated this power to the following financial audit directors:

  • Simone Bohan
  • Travis Derricott
  • Charlotte Jeffries
  • Jonathan Kyvelidis
  • Tim Loughnan
  • Ron Mak
  • Paul Martin
  • Tim Maxfield.
Building Act

VAGO does not own or control any government buildings and, therefore, has no responsibilities under the Building Act 1993.

Government advertising expenditure

VAGO has no advertising expenditure to report.

Major contracts

VAGO has no major contracts to report.

Local Jobs First—Victorian Industry Participation Policy

During 2018–19, VAGO did not undertake any procurement activity that was subject to the Local Jobs First Policy.

National Competition Policy

VAGO complies with the National Competition Policy, including complying with the requirements of the Department of Treasury and Finance's Competitive Neutrality Policy.

Oversight by the Victorian Inspectorate

In 2018–19, VAGO had nothing to report to the Victorian Inspectorate as per requirements under the Audit Act 1994, and the Inspectorate did not review any of VAGO's activities. We have previously provided the Inspectorate with a range of documentation, including policies, procedures, and templates related to our coercive powers, to assist the Inspectorate to acquit its legislative responsibilities related to VAGO.

Work arrangements

VAGO offers flexible work arrangements for staff, in response to staff demand and legislative obligations for employers to provide flexible working conditions. We encourage our staff to take advantage of these arrangements.

VAGO operates under the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement in providing leave for carers, as defined in the Carers Recognition Act 2012.

Merit and equity

VAGO has a range of policies that reflect our commitment to a workplace free from discrimination, harassment and bullying, and that support merit-based recruitment practices.

We also comply with the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees of Special Bodies.

Our selection processes ensure that applicants are assessed and evaluated fairly and equitably on the basis of the key selection criteria and other accountabilities without discrimination. We also ensure that employees have been correctly classified in workforce data collections.

Protected disclosures

Under the Protected Disclosure Act 2012, VAGO cannot receive protected disclosures.

Disclosures about VAGO officers may be made to the Independent Broad-based Anti‑corruption Commission or the Victorian Inspectorate.

Further information on VAGO's responsibilities is available at:

Freedom of information

Section 20A of the Audit Act 1994 broadly precludes us from disclosing information we gather during an audit, other than reporting to parliament. Section 20B of the Audit Act 1994 also precludes third parties from accessing any audit-related information and documents we hold.

Our administrative processes come under the state's freedom of information legislation. For the 12 months ending 30 June 2019, we received three requests for information, all of which were for audit evidence that we cannot provide.

Further information on VAGO's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 is available on our website.

Freedom of information requests

Requests for access to non-audit-related information and documents we hold can be made to the Freedom of Information Officer:

By email

By phone

03 8601 7000

In writing

Freedom of Information, Victorian Auditor-General's Office
Level 31, 35 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000

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