NSW auditor general calls for stronger powers

Tony Whitfield

Tony Whitfield

Acting New South Wales auditor general Tony Whitfield has reiterated his predecessor Grant Hehir’s call for his office to gain “follow the dollar” powers already in place in other states, as well as the ability to audit local councils.

Whitfield used the Audit Office of New South Wales annual report to “encourage” the NSW government to act on previous recommendations to bolster the agency’s strength:

“The Public Accounts Committee in 2013 recommended that I have ‘follow the dollar’ powers. These powers will allow me to go beyond government agencies and examine the increasing number of non-government organisations and other external service providers that spend public money. The Commonwealth and several other State Auditors-General already have these powers.”

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