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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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Supplementary Report for the year ended 30 June 2017: Consolidated Financial Report review: May 2018

This Report provides our observations on the 2016-17 Consolidated Financial Report (CFR), including:

  • highlights of the CFR
  • the findings of our review of the CFR
  • an analysis of the State’s actual financial performance
  • an analysis of the State’s actual financial position.

We found that the whole of government reported a $246 million net operating deficit for 2016-17 and a net lending deficit of $3.588 billion.  The State’s net worth increased by $4.677 billion, and the State is increasingly reliant on Commonwealth grant revenue.  We identified opportunities to improve the way financial information is collected, validated and consolidated in preparing the CFR, but did not identify any material misstatements or control deficiencies.

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Supplementary Report of the Auditor-General for the year ended 30 June 2017: New Royal Adelaide Hospital: March 2018

This Report provides an update on the status of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital  project and outlines significant developments leading to the completion of works and hand-over of the facility to the State. These include:

  • executing a Deed of Settlement and Release (Settlement Deed) in September 2015 to settle a number of long outstanding issues including contamination remediation and project modifications, and extend the date for technical completion and commercial acceptance by 76 days
  • entering into a Completion Deed and Cure Plan to achieve technical completion and commercial acceptance, resolve issues about safety and State access, and establish a process to resolve ongoing disputes
  • the status of arbitration proceedings for major defects and other allegations and claims raised by the builder, and legal proceedings initiated by the builder against Project Co, the State and the Independent Certifier.

This Report also provides an update on the status of the project budget and expenditure to date.

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

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


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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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