Victorian auditor-general John Doyle quits

By Jason Whittaker

Tuesday September 22, 2015

Victorian auditor-general John Doyle has quit.

Doyle (pictured) has informed parliament of his decision.

Last month he confirmed a “personal grievance matter” was filed by one of his staff. Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee has been investigating the matter.

Doyle said then he would fully co-operate with the investigation but didn’t comment further:

“In the meantime my office will continue to undertake its important work, with a number of reports due to be tabled in the next few months.”

The parliamentary Public Accounts and Estimates Committee will begin the process of finding an acting auditor-general shortly and will take carriage of the process to find a permanent replacement, said Acting Premier Jacinta Allan.

Doyle has been a frank critic of public sector standards in his role as government watchdog. Last year a series of reports blamed public servants for failing to adequately measure performance and leaving the public in the dark on the government’s objectives. Another report from Doyle criticised government technology systems for not being as secure as they should be, and he hit out at “poorly co-ordinated” public transport systems.

Doyle also publicly lobbied for greater corruption-busting powers to “follow-the-dollar”, dismissing accusations the office inappropriately injected itself into the state election.

The chair of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee Danny Pearson and deputy chair David Morris jointly stated that the committee is still required to report to parliament on its inquiry into allegations made against the auditor-general.

The committee is due to report to parliament by 20 October.

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