Secretary to the Treasury Caralee McLiesh issued the following statement on Thursday 10 October 2019 at 11.15am:
On Thursday 3 October 2019, a section of the 2019 Financial Statements of Government was accidentally included in the 2018 Financial Statements of Government that was available on the Treasury website. The material was on the website for approximately one hour. The error was discovered by the Treasury and the content removed. It was not accessed by anyone internally or externally.
The information contained embargoed financial reporting for the year ended 30 June 2019.
Secretary to the Treasury Caralee McLiesh said, “While the information was not accessed and the error was fixed quickly, the fact that it was on our website is unacceptable. I apologise that it has happened, and I have apologised to the Minister of Finance.”
We have looked into how this happened. It was human error that led to content being pasted into the wrong place. Those involved took quick action to fix the error as soon as they discovered it. We have implemented process changes to prevent this happening again.
“The Treasury accepts full accountability for this error. I will have more to say about the steps we will take to improve our information governance, controls and processes within the Treasury when the Murray Jack Inquiry reports.”