6 December 2018

Former top bureaucrat returns as ACT Auditor-General

| Ian Bushnell
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The new Auditor-General, Michael Harris, will take up the role in February. Photo: Supplied.

A former Chief Executive of the ACT Chief Minister’s Department will soon be holding government in the Territory to account, filling the key Auditor-General’s role left vacant by the retirement of Dr Maxine Cooper.

Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly Joy Burch announced today that Michael Harris has been appointed for a seven-year term, starting early next year.

Mr Harris has been the Board Chair of public transport body Metro Tasmania since 2013 and from 2017 has been the Independent Chair of the Review of the Tasmanian Fire Service Act.

An economist, Mr Harris was Chief Executive of the ACT Chief Minister’s Department from 2003 to 2009 and ACT Under Treasurer from 2002 to 2003.

Ms Burch said Mr Harris brought a wealth of experience in the private and public sector. “I look forward to welcoming him to the role of ACT Auditor-General commencing on 8 February 2019,” she said.

The Auditor-General conducts independent financial and performance audits on ACT Government agencies and those entities in receipt of ACT Government funding or resources. The results of these audits are reported to the ACT Legislative Assembly and community. These audits are important means of holding agencies and entities to account and encouraging them to continuously improve their services and activities.

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