Victoria’s auditor-general quits after staff complaint

By on 22/09/2015
Victoria's Auditor-General has left his post.

The auditor-general for Australia’s region of Victoria, John Doyle, has resigned after a complaint was made against him by a member of staff, according to media reports.

Last month, Doyle confirmed that a “personal grievance matter” was filed by one of his staff.

While the nature of the complaint is unknown, the government’s public accounts and estimates committee has been investigating the matter and is due to report to parliament by 20 October, the Mandarin website reports.

Doyle said at the time that he would fully co-operate with the investigation and said that “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.”

Acting premier Jacinta Allan said the committee will begin the process of finding an acting auditor-general shortly and will take carriage of the process to find a permanent replacement.

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, according to the Mandarin.

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.

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World – the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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