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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 12 of 2018 - Land services commercialisation project

The land services commercialisation project involved the appointment of a private operator to deliver a range of land services functions on behalf of the SA Government. Following a four-stage procurement process, Land Services SA was appointed to deliver certain lands titling and property valuation services for 40 years.

Our review assessed whether:

  • the potential costs, benefits and risks of the proposed transaction were properly evaluated before proceeding with the commercialisation
  • a fair, open and transparent procurement process was undertaken to select the service provider

the SA Government and service provider’s compliance with the transaction documents and contract management risks were properly managed.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Report 11 of 2018 - New Royal Adelaide Hospital operating term arrangements

The Auditor-General’s review of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital project has been undertaken in phases reflecting project delays and the extended time it has taken to deliver the project, key events impacting the project and project lifecycle stages and milestones.

In November 2015, the Auditor-General reported to the Parliament on a number of areas relating to project governance, assurance, management and reporting systems, and processes that required improvement. In March 2018, the Auditor-General provided the Parliament with an update on the status of the project and outlined significant developments leading to the completion of works and the handover of the hospital to the State.

This Report focusses on assessing the arrangements and controls implemented by SA Health to manage the Project Agreement during the operating term.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Report 10 of 2018 - Examination of the District Council of Coober Pedy

On 1 May 2017, the then Treasurer, the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, requested that the Auditor-General examine the District Council of Coober Pedy’s accounts under section 32(1)(a) of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987. Section 32(1b) requires the Auditor-General to conduct an examination if requested to do so.

This report communicates the findings on the examination of District Council of Coober Pedy’s accounts.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Report 9 of 2018 - Battery storage procurement

The procurement of 100 megawatt grid-connected battery storage was an initiative of the former SA Government. This large scale battery storage was part of a group of initiatives included in ‘Our Energy Plan’ which detailed the vision to ‘source, generate and control more of South Australia’s power supply in South Australia so we can increase self-reliance and provide reliable, competitive and clean power for all into the future’.

Given the public interest in the reliability of the State’s power system and the potential impact of power outages on households, business and the economy, we reviewed the procurement of battery storage, which was the first procurement under the Energy Plan.  

This report provides detailed commentary and audit observations on our review of the project initiation process, procurement and contract management arrangements.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

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


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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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