NSW auditor-general pushes for expanded powers

With an already full plate scoring progress on NSW’s state plan, Auditor-General Grant Hehir has reignited a push for new powers over NGOs and local government.

Grant Hehir

Grant Hehir

New South Wales Auditor-General Grant Hehir has gently prodded the Parliament to act on recommendations giving him more powers.

Currently the NSW Audit Office has no power to investigate public funds spent by other parties in the delivery of public services. Nor can it conduct audits of local government. Last year, the public accounts committee recommended those restrictions be lifted, allowing the Auditor-General to “follow the dollar”:

“The major recommendations of this report support an expanded role for the auditor-general, allowing him greater freedom to conduct audits and ‘shine a light’ on some areas of government spending previously outside of his remit …

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