New Victorian auditor-general: Greaves returns south

By David Donaldson

Tuesday July 19, 2016

The Victorian government has finally appointed a new auditor-general, with current Queensland auditor Andrew Greaves to take over the job, it announced on Tuesday.

The announcement comes 10 months after the resignation of John Doyle following a workplace sexual harassment and bullying scandal. Dr Peter Frost has been acting in the role since Doyle stepped down in September.

Greaves has held the position of Queensland auditor-general since 2011. But he’s hardly an outsider — from 2003 to 2011, he held various roles at the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office, including assistant auditor‑general, performance audit; and assistant auditor-general, financial audit.

He was unanimously selected by the bipartisan Public Accounts and Estimates Committee following an international search and competitive recruitment process

Greaves will start the job on September 19, 2016. His term runs for seven years.

He is an executive fellow of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, and a fellow of both CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He also holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University.

The appointment allows the agency to turn over a new leaf following the controversy around the circumstances of Doyle’s departure. Although he denies the allegations as a case of misinterpretation, a report by retired High Court judge Ken Hayne on behalf of PAEC found “it is more probable than not that … Mr Doyle engaged in repeated unreasonable behaviour directed at the complainant that created a risk to her health and safety.”

Doyle was a prominent and at times controversial campaigner for so-called “follow-the-dollar” powers — allowing VAGO access to information held by private companies contracted to government — which have since been granted.

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