The Wales Audit Office is the public service watchdog for Wales.
Our aim is that the people of Wales know whether public money is being managed wisely, and public bodies in Wales understand how to improve outcomes.
The Auditor General is independent of government and leads the Wales Audit Office.
Around 250 Wales Audit Office staff support the Auditor General, working in offices across Wales.
Its staff comprise financial auditors (who examine the accounts of public bodies), performance auditors (who examine how public services are delivered) and corporate staff (in services such as HR, IT and communications).
The Wales Audit Office was created on 1 April 2005 following the merger of the Audit Commission in Wales and the National Audit Office Wales.
This gave Wales, like Scotland, a single audit body covering all sectors of government, except non-devolved sectors which are reserved to the UK government.
The law which created the Wales Audit Office also expanded the powers of the Auditor General to follow the 'public pound' wherever it goes. This means the Auditor General can examine private sector companies where public money has been received .
For more information about the work we do, please visit the Our Work section of this website.