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Inquiry into the Auditor-General Act 1997

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The Auditor-General Act 1997 was enacted in October 1997, replacing the Audit Act 1901. The Australian National Audit Office’s (ANAO’s) audit independence and mandate were strengthened and the Auditor-General became an ‘Independent Officer of the Parliament’. The amendments reflected many of the recommendations made by the Committee in its October 1996 report Guarding the Independence of the Auditor-General.

On 25 February 2009, the Committee resolved to review and report on whether the provisions of the Auditor-General Act 1997 remain adequate in the modern public sector environment, including but not limited to:

The inquiry shall have regard to the recommendations made by the Committee in its August 2001 Report 386: Review of the Auditor-General Act 1997 and the consequent amendments to the Act made by the Auditor-General Amendment Act 2009.

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