Departmental Circular 6 2018
Auditor General has conducted a number of local government Performance
Audits since the proclamation of the Local Government Amendment
(Auditing) Act 2017.
This has included the review of a selection
of local governments to assess their controls for verifying the identity
and credentials of new employees and monitoring the status of existing
All the local governments reviewed needed to improve
in some way their practices for screening employees. Many instances were
found where local governments did not perform important checks,
including checking of identity, verifying the right to work in
Australia, referee checks and criminal background checks. Due diligence
is required to exercise the care that is expected to be taken by Local
Government’s before entering into an agreement or contract with another
Additionally, policies and practices for the monitoring of
existing employees for changes in status, such as new criminal
convictions, which could impact their employment, were generally
The report Verifying Employee Identity and Credentials Report 24 June 2019 is available on the Auditor General’s website.
CEO’s should ensure that appropriate policies and practices are in
place, to address this area of potential risk.
Refer to Departmental Circular 05-2019 Local government auditing, for information on addressing any matters identified as significant by the auditor in an audit report.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the department on 61 8 6552 7300 or via email
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