Annual Report 1986/1987 Department of the Chief Minister
Tabled Paper 277
Tabled Papers for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
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- 1 8 INTERNAL AUDIT BUREAU The role of the Internal Audit Bureau is to assist the Government in achieving and maintaining accountability and efficiency on matters relating to the expenditure and receipt of public monies. It performs this function in two ways: under Section 27(2) of the Financial Administration and Audit Act, by providing a confidential internal audit service, on an agency basis and for an agreed scope of work, to Accountable Officers. It operates as a special adviser to management, providing information on the adequacy and general efficiency of controls and procedures within the organisation; under Section 14(2) of the Public Service Act and on direction from the Chief Minister, the Bureau, from time to time, undertakes special investigatory tasks in pursuit of Section 14(2). Such investigations generally occur when it is impractical or inappropriate for conventional internal audit procedures to be followed. During the year, the Bureau placed emphasis on comprehensive operational audits to cope with client demands, which generally exceeded resource capability. These audits addressed both operational and financial aspects within each review, resulting in more meaningful reports being produced. 60% of all reviews undertaken during the year were mainly of this category. A reorganisation of the staffing structure was implemented within the Bureau to provide more efficient and effective operational units, thereby allowing the Bureau to address new developments taking place in the internal audit profession, and to provide a more diversified service to clients generally.
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