FAQs and Feedback

These FAQs and Feedback have been provided to assist you in learning more about the ACT Audit Office.

Who appoints the Auditor-General?

The Auditor-General is appointed by the Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly in consultation with the Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

What legislation governs the ACT Audit Office?

The main functions and powers of the Auditor-General are set out in the Auditor-General Act 1996. The Act provides the Auditor-General with a broad mandate to do anything that is incidental or conducive to carrying out the functions of the Auditor-General.

The Auditor-General also has responsibilities under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012, the Government Procurement Act 2001 and the Territory-Owned Corporations Act 1990.

What does the Auditor-General audit?

The Auditor-General:

  • promotes public accountability in the public administration of the Territory
  • audits annual financial statements of the Territory, directorates and Territory authorities (agencies) under the Financial Management Act 1996,
  • conducts a review of accountability indicators included in agencies statements of performance
  • conducts performance audits.

Who audits the Audit Office?

Part 5 of the Auditor-General Act 1996 provides information on review of the Auditor-General.

The Audit Office's financial statements and statement of performance are subject to audit each year by an independent auditor appointed by the Speaker.

The Audit Office is also subject to a strategic review once in each term of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

How does the Auditor-General choose performance audit topics?

In developing the performance audit program each year, the Auditor-General consults with the Standing Committee on Public Accounts; members of the ACT Legislative Assembly; the Head of Service, ACT Government Directors-General and Chief Executive Officers (or their equivalents); and statutory office holders of various ACT Government agencies and other stakeholders including the consideration of suggestions from members of the public. Information from this consultation and any suggestions provided for potential topics is included in a strategic analysis of potential audit topics. This is used by the Auditor-General to inform the forward performance audit program.

The current performance audit program can be found in the link below:

Download Performance Audit Program for 2017-18 and Potential Audits to commence over 2018-19 to 2019-20 PDF (403kb)

How do I apply for a position with the ACT Audit Office?

You can register your interest for temporary or casual employment opportunities with the ACT Audit Office through the temporary employment register. See the ACT Audit Office Careers page for more information on employment with the ACT Audit Office and any current vacancies.

How do I obtain copies of ACT Audit reports?

There are a range of audit reports available on this website under the Reports and Publications menu. The Office is committed to improving the information on offer and making it accessible and usable to everyone. If you are unable to access the information you seek, please contact the Office on 02 6207 0833 or send an email to the Office.


The Audit Office prides itself on its commitment to promote and achieve great service. Constructive feedback is a vital way of ensuring the Office provides the best possible conduct and service to the ACT community.

The Office has produced a Complaint Handling Policy and Procedures statement which outlines how the Office handles feedback and complaints. Please contact the Office on 02 6207 0833 or send an email to the Office if you require further information.