Vic Skermer

Victor John William "Vic" Skermer CBE (1908  November 1992) was an Australian public servant. He was Commonwealth Auditor-General between June 1961 and May 1973.[1]

Vic Skermer

Commonwealth Auditor-General
In office
2 June 1961  8 May 1973
Personal details
Victor John William Skermer

DiedNovember 1992 (aged 84)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Resting placeGungahlin Cemetery
Spouse(s)Lillian Ruby Wilson
OccupationPublic servant

Life and career

In 1925, Skermer joined the Commonwealth Public Service as a mechanic-in-training at the Postmaster-General's Department.[2]

Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced Skermer's appointment as Auditor-General on 2 June 1961.[3] The appointment was a promotion for Skermer from his position as Deputy Auditor-General.[4] Between 1961 and 1971, the accounts and records of three new departments and 44 new statutory bodies came within the remit of Skermer's audits—a huge growth in the Auditor-General's auditing function.[5]

Skermer retired in 1973, after 48 years of public service.[6]

In November 1992, after several months of illness, Skermer died aged 84.[1]


  1. "Obituary: Vic Skermer, CBE: Achiever in many spheres". The Canberra Times. ACT. 11 November 1992. p. 4.
  2. "Mr Skermer retires". The Canberra Times. ACT. 5 May 1973. p. 9.
  3. "The new Auditor-General, Mr. V. J. W. Skermer, at his desk yesterday". The Canberra Times. ACT. 7 June 1961. p. 2.
  4. "New Auditor-General Appointed". The Canberra Times. ACT. 5 June 1961. p. 3.
  5. "Report urges review of top job". The Canberra Times. ACT. 8 April 1971. p. 3.
  6. Juddery, Bruce (8 May 1973). "Retired head changed his auditors' ways". The Canberra Times. ACT.
Government offices
Preceded by
Harold Clive Newman
Commonwealth Auditor-General
1961 – 1973
Succeeded by
Duncan Robert Steele Craik
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