History of the ANAO
When the first Commonwealth Parliament assembled in Melbourne in May 1901, its immediate task was to begin building the necessary institutions of national government. The fourth Act passed by this Parliament was the Audit Act 1901, which created the office of the Auditor-General.
The Auditor-General Act 1997 (which replaced the Audit Act) was enacted in October 1997 and marked a new era for the ANAO. The Office's audit independence and mandate were strengthened and the Auditor-General became an ‘Officer of the Parliament'.
In 2001 the ANAO celebrated 100 years as a Commonwealth institution. To commemorate this milestone the ANAO commissioned a documented history, which was published as From Accounting to Accountability: A Centenary History of the Australian National Audit Office.
Commonwealth Auditors-General from Israel to McPhee
|John William Israel||1902-1926|
|Charles John Cerutty||1926-1935|
|Herbert Charles Brown||1935-1938|
|Albert Charles Joyce||1946-1951|
|Harold Clive Newman||1955-1961|
|Victor John William Skermer||1961-1973|
|Duncan Robert Steele Craik||1973-1981|
|Keith Frederick Brigden||1981-1985|
|John Vincent Monaghan||1985-1987|
|John Casey Taylor||1988-1995|
|Patrick Joseph Barrett||1995-2005|
|Ian McPhee||2005- Present|
Also known as...
|1902||Federal Audit Office|
|Late 1950s||Commonwealth Audit Office|
|1984||Australian Audit Office|
|1990||Australian National Audit Office|