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Welcome to the Auditor-General's Department

The Auditor-General is the independent auditor of the South Australian public sector.

The Auditor-General reports directly to Parliament on the audits and examinations of State and local government agencies covering financial reports and operations, controls and matters of public interest.

Auditors-General have been responsible for auditing South Australian Government finances, systems and processes since 1839.

The Auditor-General contributes to public sector financial accountability and performance for the benefit of all South Australians.

As one of the largest external auditing organisations in South Australia, the Auditor-General's Department highly values its independence.


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Report on the Adelaide Oval redevelopment for the designated period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017

This Report provides an executive summary of the matters arising from the audit for the three reporting terms of reference provided for in the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment and Management Act 2011

Our review for this period found that progress has continued on addressing matters raised in previous Reports, however, we found that there continues to be a need to ensure contracts are executed prior to commencing works.

This matter was raised with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).  Section 5 of the report contains the detailed findings and DPTI’s response.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Supplementary Report for the year ended 30 June 2017: Adelaide Riverbank (Festival Plaza) Development: November 2017

We reviewed the procurement arrangements used to select the preferred tenderer and execute the Development Agreement for the Adelaide Riverbank (Festival Plaza) Development project. The procurement initially involved a competitive EOI and RFP process followed by a direct negotiation process.

Specifically, the review considered:

  • compliance with relevant government policy and procedural requirements, such as Treasurer’s Instructions and procurement frameworks
  • compliance with agency specific procurement policies and procedures
  • information presented to and approved by SA Government
  • whether the procurement arrangements considered probity, accountability, transparency and fair treatment of participants 
  • whether procurement processes established by the SA Government were adequate to assess value for money in entering into the Development Agreement
  • whether appropriate governance and accountability arrangements were established and operating effectively to provide adequate oversight of the procurement.

We concluded that the controls over the procurement process were not sufficient to provide reasonable assurance that the process was conducted properly and in accordance with accepted standards for procurement management.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Supplementary Report for the year ended 30 June 2017: Disaster recovery planning: November 2017

This report provides detailed commentary and audit observations on a review to determine whether SA Government agencies have implemented sufficient processes and controls to recover their key information assets following a disaster or significant business disruption.

Our review identified that most SA Government agencies have implemented some disaster recovery controls and a number of agencies were strengthening their recovery arrangements.

We concluded however that many of the agencies we reviewed had not implemented sufficient processes and controls to mitigate their key disaster recovery risks.

Without sufficient controls in place, agencies may not be able to recover their key business systems within expected time frames. This increases the risk of disruption to important public services.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Supplementary Report for the year ended 30 June 2017: State finances and related matters: November 2017

The 2017-18 State Budget (2017-18 Budget) was tabled in Parliament in June 2017.

This Report provides our observations on the State’s public finances based on a review of the 2017-18 Budget, in particular:

  • an overview of key matters currently relevant to the State’s public finances
  • a brief analysis of the financial performance of the State. This primarily involves examining the results for the past year, and the Budget and forward projections included in the Budget Papers
  • a review of the financial position of the State, including analysis of major assets and liabilities..
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Supplementary Report for the year ended 30 June 2017: Grant to One Community SA: November 2017

This review considered the Department of the Premier and Cabinet grant administration process and the application of the funds by the grant recipient, One Community SA.  More specifically, it considered:

  • the grant establishment and management in line with government requirements
  • whether grant funds were applied in line with the conditions and purpose set out in the Funding Agreement 
  • if application of the grant funds would have represented proper use of public money when retrospectively assessed against the most current standards (updated in July 2016).

We concluded that the Department of the Premier and Cabinet did not sufficiently control the grant management process to provide reasonable assurance that the grant provision and management was conducted properly and in line with accepted standards for managing public expenditure.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Annual Report of the Auditor-General for the year ended 30 June 2017

This Report is in three parts – Part A, Part B and the Appendix to the Annual Report.

Part A: Executive summary contains the opinions the Auditor-General is required to give under section 36 and identifies any examinations that have made under section 32 of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987. It also summarises the main matters brought to the attention of the Parliament and the SA Government resulting from the 2016-17 audits of public sector agencies.

Part B: Agency audit reports contains a summary of the outcomes of the audit of each agency included in the 2016-17 Auditor-General’s Annual Report. It features a snapshot of key agency information covering functional responsibility, financial statistics, significant events and transactions, and whether the financial statement and financial controls opinions are unmodified or modified (qualified).

The Appendix to the Annual Report (Volumes 1 to 5) contains the Treasurer’s statements and scanned copies of the final audited financial reports of public sector agencies that were forwarded to me that are, in my opinion, of sufficient importance to warrant publication.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017


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Reports to parliament

The Auditor-General produces several types of reports to Parliament. The main report is the Auditor General’s Annual Report which is required to be completed by 30 September each year.

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