Our role & responsibility


The Auditor General’s role is to audit the finances and activities of the Western Australian state and local government. In undertaking this task, the Auditor General will scrutinise for potential instances of wastage, inefficiency or ineffectiveness, and report her findings to Parliament.

Reporting directly to the Parliament, the Auditor General is an ‘ally of the people and Parliament’. She must act independently in carrying out all her powers and duties.

Independence is the cornerstone of public sector audit. The Auditor General must be free from pressure, influence or interference from any source that may erode that independence.


The Auditor General is responsible for:

  • auditing the Annual Report on State Finances
  • conducting financial statement, KPI and control audits and issuing audit opinions for over 180 public sector agencies
  • conducting financial statement and KPI audits and issuing audit opinions for 139 local governments
  • undertaking wide-ranging performance examinations to ensure there are adequate controls within state government agencies and local governments, compliance with the relevant legislation; and most importantly efficiency, effectiveness and economy of agency operations or programs
  • reporting the results of audits to Parliament in an objective, competent, insightful and timely manner.