Appointment Role and Function

Appointment of The Auditor General

The Auditor General is appointed by the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition and may hold office up to age sixty-five (65) years and may be removed from office only on certain grounds and after a prescribed procedure. Those provisions are entrenched in the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (1976).

Role and Function

The Auditor General is required by law to examine and report annually to Parliament on the accounts of Ministries, Departments, Regional Health Authorities, Regional Corporations and such State Controlled Enterprises and Statutory Boards for which the Auditor General is the statutory auditor. The portfolio also includes the audit of:

  • The accounts of projects funded partly or wholly by International Lending Agencies
  • All pensions, gratuities and other separation benefits paid by the State in accordance with the Pensions Acts and other Agreements; and
  • The grant of credit on the Exchequer Account in accordance with the requirements of section 18 of the Exchequer and Audit Act, chapter 69:01

The audit services take the form of financial audits, compliance audits and value for money audits intended to promote:

  • Accountability
  • Adherence to laws and regulations
  • Economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the collection, disbursement and use of funds and other resources.