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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.


Thursday, 27 June 2019

Report 4 of 2019 - Update to the Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2018

In September 2018 I issued my Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2018.  In it I reported on the audit outcomes for 46 agencies. This included any significant financial outcomes, events and control matters communicated to those agencies.

Not every agency I am required to audit was included in my Annual Report. Some audits were unfinished at the time, and some I used my discretion under the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987 to exclude. 

This report provides a summary of the audit outcomes for the remaining 103 agencies I have audited for 2017-18. The financial reports and independent audit reports for all these agencies are now available for viewing on the Auditor-General’s Department website.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Report 3 of 2019 - Consolidated Financial Report review

This Report provides our observations on the 2017-18 Consolidated Financial Report (CFR), including:

  • highlights of the CFR
  • the findings of our review of controls over the preparation 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 $675 million net operating balance deficit for 2017-18 and a net lending deficit of $825 million. The State’s net worth increased by $561 million, and the State is increasingly reliant on Commonwealth grant revenue, particularly GST 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.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Report 2 of 2019 - Adelaide Oval redevelopment for the designated period 1 July 2018 to 31 December 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. However we note that while the redeveloped oval has been in use and meeting its intended purpose for some time, some outstanding defects are not yet resolved. There are continued delays in resolving some of the outstanding defects. It is important that DPTI works closely with relevant parties to finalise the outstanding defects and manage the completion of any remaining works promptly to limit further delays and ensure that a financial close out position for the project is achieved as soon as practical.

As highlighted in previous Reports, given that expenditure is approaching the statutory cap of $535 million and the uncommitted project contingency has reduced to a relatively small amount, the timely and effective management of remaining project works is required to ensure the statutory cap is not exceeded.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019


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