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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 1 of 2019 - State Finances and related matters

The 2018-19 State Budget (2018-19 Budget) was tabled in Parliament in September 2018. It is the first Budget for the new SA Government following its election in March 2018. The 2017-18 estimated result in the 2018-19 Budget reflects the activities of the previous SA Government from July 2017 to March 2018, and the new SA Government from March 2018 onwards.

This report provides our observations on the State’s public finances based on our review of the 2018-19 Budget and the December 2018 mid-year budget review, in particular:

  • an overview of key matters currently relevant to the State’s public finances
  • an analysis of the State’s financial performance. 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 State’s financial position, including analysis of major assets and liabilities.
Wednesday, 6 February 2019

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


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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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