Peter Achterstraat was appointed the Auditor-General of New South Wales on 25 September 2006. Before joining the Office, he was the Chief Commissioner State Revenue for New South Wales from July 1999.
Peter spent 20 years in the Australian Tax Office where he had a variety of roles, and was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Taxation with the Australian Taxation Office in 1987.
Peter holds an honours degree in economics as well as degrees in law and commerce from the Australian National University. He was awarded the Australian Finance Conference prize for Company Finance, and the PricewaterhouseCooper prize for Accounting. In 2006, he was inducted into the Australian National University College of Business and Economics' Hall of Fame.
Peter is a Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Fellow of Chartered Secretaries Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
Peter is currently the President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (NSW Division).