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Northern Territory Auditor‑General's Office

Auditing for Parliament



Sue Cooper
Principal Auditor

Sue Cooper was appointed on contract as a Principal Auditor in 2004. Sue is a Chartered Accountant and was previously a senior audit manager for an international professional services firm.

During her time with the Office, Sue has been responsible for the delivery of financial statement and compliance audits across the agencies of the public sector and has been instrumental in developing and implementing the Office's core audit monitoring and reporting system "AudTas". This application has been developed in-house by Sue who is responsible for its maintenance and upkeep.

Sue is also the administrator of the Office's website. Sue has primary responsibility for developing the three-year audit plan in conjuction with the Auditor-General and Principal Auditor Stacey Kelly and has implemented extensive reporting and communication tools to increase efficiencies associated with the systems within the Office that support audit activity. Sue's focus on innovation and technology have enabled the Office to undertake a range of data analytic tasks to support the audit mandate. Sue's qualifications include:

Cindy Nielsen
Manager Finance and Corporate Services

Cindy Nielsen commenced with the Office in January 2024. Cindy has worked for the Northern Territory Government for a number of years in various roles across Asset Management, Finance and Business Services within the Department of Education and Department of Corporate and Digital Development.

Cindy manages the Corporate and Governance output group of the Office which involves a broad range of functions including financial management, human resources, procurement, information and communications technology, records management, governance and risk management. Cindy is primarily responsible for the preparation of the Office's budget, financial statements and annual report, coordination of the independent external audit of the Office's financial statements and providing supervision and support to the Administration Officer.

Cindy's qualifications include:

Bernadette Guiang Esteban
Administration Officer

Bernadette commenced with the Northern Territory Government in August 2022 and joined the Office in February 2023. Prior to joining the public sector, Bernadette worked in a variety of private sector positions in administrative and bookkeeping roles.

Beyond her responsibility with providing administrative support to all personnel in the Office and assisting the Manager Finance and Corporate Services with finance and corporate services tasks, Bernadette provides support with electronic and manual records relating to audits and the Office. Bernadette is responsible for maintaining and updating the Office records management systems and processes. Bernadette is currently undergoing in-house training and providing assistance in the preparation of policy and procedural documents.

Bernadette's qualifications include:

Organisational Chart

Organisation Chart

The Organisation chart for the office is also available for download as a PDF -Downloadable Organisation Chart.