More than numbers... 200 years of audit impact

Since 1824, the Parliament of New South Wales has relied upon the role of the Auditor-General to hold the executive government to account for its use of public resources. 

Today, the Audit Office of New South Wales conducts audits on behalf of the Auditor-General. The Audit Office is a professional, contemporary and diverse organisation with a strong culture and a commitment to integrity and accountability in the public sector. 

There were 1,166 financial audits and other assurance reviews of state entities, local government councils and universities completed in 2022–23. In addition, 15 financial audit reports and 20 performance audit reports were tabled in Parliament. Financial audit reports summarise the outcomes of individual financial audits and highlight controls and governance risks. Performance audit reports assess whether activities are conducted effectively, economically, efficiently and in compliance with relevant laws. 

The Auditor-General’s Reports to Parliament are followed up by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to ensure recommendations are appropriately addressed. The PAC is responsible for undertaking an independent review of the Audit Office every four years.

From 1824 to 2024