Charles John Cerutty – 19 January 1941) was a senior Australian public servant. He was Commonwealth Auditor-General between 1926 and 1935.(25 November 1870
4 June 1926 – 22 November 1935
Charles John Cerutty
25 November 1870
|Died||19 January 1941 70) (aged|
Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria
Life and career
Cerutty entered the Victorian Public Service in 1888, and was transferred to the Commonwealth Public Service in 1901, the year of Federation. His first Commonwealth position was as a sub-accountant in the Department of the Treasury.
In June 1926, Cerutty was appointed the Commonwealth Auditor-General. He delivered his final audit report in October 1935. During his time as Auditor-General, he was outspoken often—particularly in regard to accounting methods, and the increasing funds spent on the old-age and invalid pension systems. Following his final report, strong representations were made by some Members of Parliament that his furlough pay should be cancelled in punishment. Cerutty declined to withdraw his report, stating that he had a job to do and had merely placed the facts before all concerned.
During his tenure as Auditor-General, Cerutty strongly opposed the move of his office from Melbourne to Sydney, arguing that its work would be less efficient and economical to carry out from Canberra.
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- "Auditor-General's office: Removal to Canberra: Opposed by Mr. Cerutty". The Argus. Melbourne, Victoria. 23 November 1935. p. 24.
- "Mr. C. J. Cerutty dies: Former Auditor General: Fearless critic of Government policy". The Canberra Times. 21 January 1941. p. 2.
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John William Israel
| Commonwealth Auditor-General
1926 – 1935
Herbert Charles Brown