Annual Report 2016-2017


Organisational structure

The OAG has 139 employees and comprises 3 operational and 2 non-operational business units. The operational business units report to the Deputy Auditor General and develop our key products, including the annual financial audits and performance audits that culminate in reports to Parliament. The 2 non-operational units report directly to the Auditor General and provide corporate, technical and audit quality support.

Organisational structure

Senior officers

Auditor General Colin Murphy*

Colin was appointed Auditor General for Western Australia in June 2007. He has extensive experience in finance and administration in state and Commonwealth government. He has held senior positions in the state departments of Justice, Treasury and Finance, Land Administration and the Building Management Authority. He has also worked for the Commonwealth Department of Finance in Perth and Washington DC, and as Business Manager for Murdoch University.

Colin is a member of the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. He is a Fellow, former board member and past state president of CPA Australia and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants and

Governance Institute of Australia. Colin was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2010 and the WA Institute of Public Administration Patrons Award for significant contribution to the state and public sector in 2013.

* The Auditor General’s 10 year term ended in June but has been extended until a new Auditor General is appointed

Glen Clarke

As Deputy Auditor General, Glen is responsible for the 3 operational audit business units in which he has worked extensively. Glen undertook a secondment to the Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs in a senior position and is currently the Deputy Chairman of Bizlink, a not-for-profit organisation that assists people with disabilities to obtain open employment.

Don Cunninghame

Don joined OAG in 1992 after an information systems audit career mainly in the internal audit divisions of large insurance companies.

Don has worked in our information systems audit branch, headed our corporate services division, was our chief finance officer and a director of financial audit before being appointed Assistant Auditor General in 2008.

Jason Beeley
BA Hons (Oxon), Dip Strategic Studies

Jason joined OAG in 2006, following 5 years as a commercial and general manager in the defence and technology sectors. Jason previously worked with the UK National Audit Office conducting and managing value for money studies, mainly of the Ministry of Defence. He was appointed Assistant Auditor General in 2009.

Sandra Labuschagne
BCompt, Hons BCompt CA (SA)

Sandra joined OAG in 2012 and became Assistant Auditor General in 2014. Sandra has extensive public and private sector auditing experience in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Michelle Shafizadeh
BBus, FCA, FCPA,  FAIM, FGIA, GAICD, MIPAA, Registered Company Auditor

Michelle joined OAG in 2010 and became Assistant Auditor General in 2011. Previously, Michelle was the National Assurance Services Technical Director for William Buck Chartered Accountants and before that, a Perth Assurance Services Partner for BDO Chartered Accountants.

Sadie Godfrey
MBA (Curtin), Assoc Dip Bus (Accounting)

Sadie has diverse and extensive experience in corporate management, working in the areas of education and industrial relations. Sadie was previously Director of Corporate Services at the Department of the Registrar, Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission before joining OAG as Assistant Auditor General in 2008.

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