Terms of Reference

Inquiry into the Auditor-General Act 1997

To inquire into and report on the adequacy of general provisions contained in the Auditor-General Act 1997 (the Act), with particular reference to:

  1. the governance framework as it relates to the Auditor-General and the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), including the independence of the Auditor-General as an Officer of the Parliament and the audit independence of the ANAO, and resourcing arrangements;
  2. the Auditor-General’s information gathering powers and confidentiality of information, including with reference to parliamentary privilege and the interaction between the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Act;
  3. the interaction of the Act and other relevant legislation including the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the Public Accounts and Audit Committee Act 1951, Freedom of Information Act 1982, and the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987;
  4. the Auditor-General’s capacity to initiate audits into, and examine the performance of all entities in the Australian Government sector; 
  5. accessibility and transparency of reports and audit conclusions, including the operation of section 37 of the Act;
  6. the Audit Priorities of the Parliament;
  7. the role and appointment of the Independent Auditor; and
  8. any related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4615