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Appendix A. Submissions and comments

We have consulted with named agencies, and we considered their views when reaching our audit conclusions. As required by the Audit Act 1994, we gave a draft copy of this report, or relevant extracts, to those agencies and asked for their submissions and comments. We also provided a copy of the report to DPC.

Responsibility for the accuracy, fairness and balance of those comments rests solely with the agency head. 

4. Proper accounts and records

Conclusion

Overall, DTF implemented effective internal controls to support the preparation of a complete and accurate AFR.

Except for VicTrack and DJCS, the internal control frameworks at the other 24 material entities were adequate to support their preparation of complete and accurate financial reports. However, some entities need to strengthen some important internal controls, particularly information system security controls.

3. Financial performance and position

Summary

The financial performance of both the state and the GGS deteriorated significantly compared to last year as the state responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2019–20, the state generated revenue of $77.3 billion ($78.6 billion in 2018–19) and outlaid $86.3 billion ($80.4 billion in 2018–19). This reflects a net loss from transactions of $9.0 billion ($1.8 billion in 2018–19).

2. Results of audits

Conclusion

The Treasurer of Victoria tabled the AFR in Parliament on 15 October 2020.

We provided a clear audit opinion on the AFR again this year.

Except for VicTrack, we provided clear opinions on the other 25 material entities, whose results are consolidated in the AFR. Our qualification on VicTrack did not flow through to the AFR because the State of Victoria adjusted its results on consolidation.

1. Report context

The AFR contains the audited financial statements of the State of Victoria and the GGS.

Our report, which is required by section 57 of the Audit Act 1994, contains matters we judge as significant that arise from the audit and pertain to either the effective and efficient management of public resources or the keeping of proper accounts and records.