The Tasmanian Audit Office is an independent agency charged with upholding public integrity in Tasmania.
The Office assists the Auditor-General to provide an independent view of the financial and operational performance of State entities. The new Audit Act 2008 (Audit Act) sets out the Auditor-General’s functions, mandate and powers. Our Four Year Strategic Plan called “Making A Difference” and the associated annual plans, of which this plan forms a part, respond to our legislated responsibilities.
Under the Audit Act, the Auditor-General must undertake audits of financial statements of Tasmanian State entities and issue audit reports outlining their compliance with relevant legislation and accounting standards. The Auditor-General must also prepare an audit report on the Public Account Statements and any other statements required to be prepared by the Treasurer in accordance with any written law. All of these audits must be completed within specified time frames.
The State entities audited include agencies, local government councils and joint authorities, Government Business Enterprises, State-owned companies, State authorities which are not a Government Business Enterprise and the council, board, trust or trustees, or other governing body of a corporation, body of persons or institution that is or are appointed by the Governor or a Minister of the Crown and a Corporation within the meaning of the Water and Sewerage Corporations Act 2008.
Audits must be completed in accordance with the requirements of Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards with audit reports, both the audit opinion and any management letters, issued to the State entity’s responsible Minister and to the relevant accountable authority.
Whilst not a legislative requirement, when conducting audits of State entity financial statements, regard is had to whether there has been any waste of public resources or any lack of probity or prudence in the management of or application of public resources.
In addition, the Auditor-General has the authority to undertake:
- performance audits examining the efficiency, effectiveness and economy of a State entity, a number of State entities, or a part of a State entity or a subsidiary of a State entity
- examination or investigation into any matter relating to the accounts of the Treasurer, a State entity or a subsidiary of a State entity
- examination or investigation into any matter relating to public money, other money or to public property or other property
- compliance audits examining the compliance by a State entity or a subsidiary of a State entity with written laws or its own internal policies.
The results of all audits conducted by the Auditor-General are reported to Parliament for its consideration.
The Audit Act 2008 can be downloaded from www.thelaw.tas.gov.au and a summary of the differences between the Financial Management and Audit Act 1991 and the Audit Act 2008 is contained the following document: The New Audit Act (39kb PDF).