2. Financial outcomes for the GGS

Conclusion

In 2021–22 the state made an operating loss from transactions of $15.3 billion (compared to $18.3 billion in 2020–21) and had an operating cash deficit of $4.8 billion (compared to $9.3 billion in 2020–21).

The GGS made an operating loss from transactions of $13.8 billion (compared to $14.6 billion in 2020–21) and had an operating cash deficit of $8.9 billion (compared to $13.0 billion in 2020–21).

The government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic continued to adversely affect the financial performance and position of the state.

1. Audit outcomes

Conclusion

Our unmodified opinion provides reasonable assurance that the financial performance and position of the State of Victoria, and within that the general government sector (GGS), as reported in the 2021–22 Annual Financial Report of the State of Victoria (AFR), are reliable.