Key Roles and Responsibilities of the Auditor-GeneralĀ Rod Whitehead

  • Report on the audit of the accounts of the Treasurer, all Government departments (except the Tasmanian Audit Office), all public bodies (including local government entities) and the financial administration of the appropriations provided to the Office of the Governor, the Legislative Council, the House of Assembly and the Legislature-General. We will also report on the outcomes of our audits of the accounts of state owned companies.
  • Dispense with audits of public bodies if there is sufficient cause to do so.
  • Perform audits in accordance with the Audit Act 2008, other relevant legislation, and recognised professional auditing standards and practices.
  • In performing audits, take into account any other matter considered appropriate that affects the economy, efficiency or effectiveness of any Government department or public body (including local government entities).
  • Make the final decision on all qualified audit reports.
  • Determine Audit Office policy on all accounting issues.
  • Maintain regular contact with the Public Accounts Committee.
  • Appoint officers of the Tasmanian Audit Office or other suitable persons to carry out audits or investigations.
  • Notify appropriate Ministers of any matters deemed sufficiently important to justify doing so.
  • Recommend to the Treasurer whether an audit fee should be charged and the amount of that fee.
  • Provide audit reports on financial statements in sufficient time to allow audit clients to meet legislated reporting deadlines.
  • Carry out special investigations in accordance with section 23 of the Audit Act 2008.
  • On or before 30 November each year prepare a report on the audit of Government departments and public bodies and submit that report to Parliament.