The Auditor-General and the ANAO

The Auditor-General for Australia is an independent officer of the Parliament with responsibility under the Auditor-General Act 1997 for auditing Commonwealth entities and reporting to the Australian Parliament. The Auditor-General is supported by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO). The office of Auditor-General is a ten year statutory appointment made by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister. In recognition of the Auditor-General’s status as an officer of the Parliament, the Australian Parliament’s Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) must approve any proposed recommendation for appointment.
The Auditor‑General is assisted by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) in delivering against the mandate established by the Auditor-General Act 1997.
The ANAO has a structured governance framework that facilitates the effective management of its business resources and other corporate activities to support the delivery of the ANAO’s purpose.
Information on legislation that governs the work of the Auditor-General and the ANAO including the Auditor-General Act 1997 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
The Auditor-General is an independent officer of the Australian Parliament and has discretion in the performance or exercise of Auditor-General functions or powers.
The ANAO’s primary relationship is with the Australian Parliament, particularly the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA).

External audits and reviews, procurement and events

External audits and reviews

The Auditor-General Act establishes the position of the Independent Auditor, who may conduct a performance audit of the ANAO at any time.

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Accountability and reporting

The Auditor-General is responsible for managing the ANAO within the arrangements of the broader Australian Public Service.

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Events and seminars

Information about ANAO events and seminars including the chief financial officers forum and the audit committee chairs forum.

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