Auditor-general’s anonymous online tip-off box a world first?


ANAO says its anonymous online tip-off system reassures auditors they haven’t missed anything — and the Commonwealth’s administrative watchdog thinks it could be a world first.

The Australian National Audit Office is pretty chuffed with its new online system that accepts information from anyone. It might not sound like much, but the national auditor-general’s office reckons it’s a pretty unique reform.

An ANAO spokesperson told The Mandarin:

“As far as we know this facility was the first of its kind, possibly in the world! No Australian auditor-general had had this kind of facility for all of their audits — although some had established one-off facilities for particularly contentious topics.”

Most of the information that informs government audits still comes from auditors out in the field, but according to the ANAO:

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