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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.


"The Auditor-General's Department, South Australia has been named a finalist for Best Internship Program for 2017

- 2017 AAGE Intern Survey

"The Auditor-General's Department, South Australia has once again been placed in the Top Graduate Employers list for 2017

- Graduate Employers survey

Report 8 of 2018 - Health budget performance 2017-18

This report provides detailed commentary and audit observations on aspects of SA Health’s budget and financial performance processes with a particular focus on:

• the structure of budget arrangements including accountability lines and authorisations

• the adequacy of information

• the budget term/period.

We also followed up the Department for Health and Wellbeing’s actions and response to our 2016-17 review including its response that:

• the budget setting process would largely use the same principles it previously used

• a balanced budget outcome was achievable.

This review also considered estimated budget and savings outcomes for 2017-18 and trends over recent years..

Monday, 22 October 2018

Report 7 of 2018 - Digital licensing

This Report provides our observations from our review of the mySA GOV digital licensing program, which lets South Australians store selected government-issued passes and licences electronically using an application developed for smartphones and tablets.

While no system is foolproof, at the time of our testing we found that controls over data security were satisfactory for an application of this type, and the system was designed to deliver the required functionality.

Our review identified that more rigour could have been applied to strengthen aspects of some key Program controls.  Challenges also remain to improve the sign-on experience for users, including providing other ways for a user to confirm their identity. Ongoing attention is needed to maintain public and agency awareness and adoption of the mobile application and increase the use of barcode scanning functionality to appropriately validate licences.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Report 6 of 2018 - Report on the Operations of the Auditor-General's Department for the year ended 30 June 2018

This Annual Report provides information on the Auditor-General’s Department’s activities and performance in 2017-18.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Report 5 of 2018 - Annual Report of the Auditor-General for the year ended 30 June 2018

This Report is in two parts:

Part A: Executive summary contains the opinions the Auditor-General is required to give under section 36 and identifies any examinations that have been 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 2017-18 audits of public sector agencies.

Part B: Agency audit reports summarise the outcomes of each agency included in the 2017-18 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). Those agencies financial statements have been published on this website.

Copies of financial statements of agencies that were not reported in Part B of the Annual Report will be published on this website progressively as soon as reasonably practicable after each audit is completed.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Report 4 of 2018 - Adelaide Oval redevelopment for the designated period 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018

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

No findings were raised with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) from our review of the current designated reporting period and we note that DPTI has addressed most matters raised in our previous Reports.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018


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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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Our people

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