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Auditor-General - Tasmania
Mike Blake was Tasmanian Auditor-General from 10 May 2004 to 29 March 2016 and is now focussing on board positions. Prior to accepting the position as Tasmania’s Auditor-General, he was Auditor-General for the Northern Territory. His career has involved working in both the private and public sectors, firstly with Deloitte Ross Tohmatsu for 16 years starting in Zimbabwe and ending in Western Australia, where he joined the Audit Office of Western Australia rising to the position of Deputy Auditor-General. Mike was a partner with Deloitte Zimbabwe for 8 years.
Mike has been active in standard setting in Australia being a member of the Consultative Committee to the former Public Sector Accounting Standards Board from 1994 to 1998 and he was a Board member in 1999, a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board’s Urgent Issues Group representing Auditors-General from 2003 to 2005 and was appointed to the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board on 1 January 2006. While with this Board, Mike played a key role in developing standards for performance and compliance auditing in the public sector and, until stepping down from the Board on 31 December 2011, he was joint chair of a project group developing an assurance standard for general purpose water accounting reports.
Mike chaired the Advisory Board to the University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Business for three years, Regional Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Tasmania from 2007 and 2008 and he is currently a Board member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand where he chairs its audit and risk committee. He is currently a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board and of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board. He also chairs Tasmania’s Electoral Commission and TasTAFE, Tasmania’s public provider of vocational educational training and is a member of the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand Audit Committee.
Mike has a BCom from the University of Natal, Durban, is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, CA ANZ Australia, CPA Australia and of GIA, an Honorary member of the Institute of Public Accountants and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He is married to Jenny. They have three children and two grandchildren and three fostered grandchildren. Mike and Jenny love living in Tasmania.