Wednesday 19 July: 'Contingent workforce: Procurement and management' - Michael Thistlethwaite, Principal Performance Auditor, and Kenia Parsons, Senior Performance Auditor, NSW Audit Off
Where: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
When: Wednesday 19 July at 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
About the Audit Office of New South Wales
The Audit Office of New South Wales is the independent auditor of the New South Wales public sector. We report directly to NSW Parliament. For more than 180 years, the Audit Office of New South Wales has been assisting the Parliament of New South Wales hold government accountable for its use of public resources.
We do this by reporting directly to parliament on our audits of government financial reports and performance. Financial audits provide an independent opinion on NSW government agencies’ financial statements. They identify whether agencies comply with accounting standards and relevant laws, regulations and government directions. We also audit the Total State Sector Accounts, a consolidation of all agencies’ accounts.
Performance audits build on our financial audits by reviewing whether taxpayers' money is spent efficiently, effectively, economically and in accordance with the law. These audits may review all or part of an agency’s operations. Some audits consider particular issues across a number of agencies.
About the Contingent Workforce Audit
Contingent labour are people employed by a recruitment agency and hired by government agencies to provide labour or services on a short-term basis. Between 2011−12 and 2015−16, Government spending on contingent labour has increased from $503 million to $1.1 billion. The audit assessed whether agencies’ approach to purchasing and managing their contingent workforce meets business needs and delivers value for money.
Michael Thistlethwaite is a Principal Performance Auditor at the Audit Office of NSW. Michael has been with the Audit Office for 6 years and has held several senior positions in IT and Project Management with the organisation before he moved into performance audit. He has previously worked for major Australian retailers, wholesalers and logistics companies in senior management positions. Michael holds a Masters in Evaluation from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Business Information Systems from the University of Wollongong.
Kenia Parsons is a Senior performance auditor at the Audit Office of NSW. Kenia has also held senior and professional roles at international development banks. She has worked at the Compliance Review and Mediation Unit of the African Development Bank in Tunisia where she was part of the team who investigated complaints against development projects in Africa. She was also part of the Portfolio Monitoring and Quality Review Team at the World Bank in the Environmental, Social and Rural Development Department for the Latin America and the Caribbean regions. Kenia holds a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and a Master in Development Studies from Cambridge University.