VIC Auditor flushes out hundreds of government IT security holes

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski A new report from the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) has revealed the trigger for the Napthine government’s sweeping government-wide IT security strategy overhaul after 11 government agencies were found to be highly vulnerable to potential cyber-attacks because of “inadequate” security measures. The Victoria government last week officially signed onto […]

Poor prognosis for Victorian eHealth

By Julian Bajkowski Australia’s troubled eHealth sector has been handed yet another negative appraisal after the Victorian Auditor General released a report cited “poor planning and an inadequate understanding of the complex requirements to design and implement clinical ICT systems” as the reasons for the state’s major online medical upgrade failing to deliver what it […]

Victorian Community Sector Office told to improve its game

By Paul Hemsley The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office has given a mixed grade to the cooperation between the state government and community organisations through the Office of the Community Sector’s (OCS) delivery of the Victorian Government’s $13.8 million action plan designed to strengthen the capacity and long-term sustainability of community organisations. This analysis from Victorian Auditor-General […]

Victorian Auditor-General releases interim financial audit results

The Victorian Auditor-General has tabled in Parliament the findings of the interim financial audit of local government. Among the recommendations, the Auditor-General advised local governments to assess their own policies and procedures against identified internal control weaknesses and prepare policies for declarations of interest and gifts. The report also recommended that guidance be provided for the […]

Victorian councils should centralise service costing: Auditor-General

By Angela Dorizas Victorian councils do not understand the true cost of the services they provide to the community and the extent to which they subsidise them, the state’s Auditor-General has found. In a report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, the Victorian Auditor-General Des Pearson examined service costing and pricing policies for waste management, preschool […]

Victorian privacy rights compromised

By Angela Dorizas The confidentiality of personal information collected by government departments has been compromised, according to a report by the Victorian Auditor-General Des Pearson. The report examined lack of effective oversight and coordination of information security practices in three departments. “Neither the Department of Treasury and Finance nor the Department of Premier and Cabinet […]


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