Auditor General identifies areas of improvement for all agencies to consider regarding air travel

Office of the Auditor General

Mr Colin Murphy, Auditor General has found that while agencies generally managed official public sector air travel satisfactorily, there was room for improvement.

Mr Murphy said agencies needed to act on opportunities identified in his latest report, including better policies and procedures, using online bookings to reduce transaction costs and making use of the ‘Best Fare of the Day’ to minimise flight costs.

‘Most air travel across the nine agencies included in this audit was appropriately approved, however all could potentially reduce flight costs and still meet business requirements,’ he said.

‘All the agencies needed to improve their policies and procedures, to help minimise costs, and to provide guidance to staff booking travel and those who are travelling.

‘I was however, relatively pleased to find that the majority of air travel was appropriately reported to Parliament.’

In the year ended 31 March 2014, Ministers, parliamentary secretaries and government officers went on 10 982 journeys for official business, at a cost of $16.5 million.

‘All official air travel taken by public sector representatives needs to be clearly work related, value for money and have real benefits for the State,’ Mr Murphy said.

‘I encourage all agencies to take note of the findings and recommendations of this report and act accordingly.’

The Auditor General’s report, Official Public Sector Air Travel (Report 5 – April 2015), is available on the Office of the Auditor General website at