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February 2008 report to the Legislative Assembly



February 2008 report to the Legislative Assembly


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Northern Territory. Auditor-General's Office -- Periodicals; Finance, Public -- Northern Territory -- Accounting -- Periodicals; Northern Territory -- Appropriations and expenditures -- Periodicals

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Auditing for Parliament... providing independent analysis The Auditor-Generals powers and responsibilities are established by the Northern Territory's Parliament, the Legislative Assembly, in the Audit Act. The Auditor-General is required to report to the Legislative Assembly at least once per year on any matters arising from the exercise of the auditing powers established in that Act. In doing so, the Auditor-General is providing information to the Parliament to assist its review of the performance of the Executive Government, particularly the Governments responsibility for the actions of the public sector entities which administer its financial management and performance management directives. The Parliament has a responsibility to conduct this review as the representative of the people of the Northern Territory. The Auditor-General is also able to report to management of public sector entities on matters arising from the conduct of audits. Reports provided to Parliament and public sector managers should be recognised as a useful source of independent analysis of Government information, and of the systems and controls underpinning the delivery of that information. The Auditor-General is assisted by personnel of the Northern Territory Auditor-Generals Office who plan projects for conduct by private sector authorised auditors. Timing of Auditor-Generals Reports to the Legislative Assembly The Audit Act requires the Auditor-General to report to the Legislative Assembly at least once per year. Practice has been for reports to be submitted two times per year. The approximate timing and the contents of these reports are: First half of the calendar year contains commentary on Agencies and Entities with a 30 June financial year-end being 30 June of the previous calender year. Material is included depending on when each audit is completed. The report also contains commentary on the Auditor-Generals audit of the Treasurers Annual Financial Statement. Second half of the calendar year contains commentary on Agencies and Entities with a 31 December yearend being 31 December of the previous year. Material is included depending on when each audit is completed. Each report may contain findings from financial statement audits, agency compliance audits, information technology audits, controls and compliance audits, performance management system audits and findings from any special reviews conducted. Where there are delays in Agencies or Entities completing financial statements and therefore in the subsequent audit, it is sometimes necessary to comment on these activities in the next report. ORDERED TO BE PRINTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY ISSN 1323-7128 The cover of the Report depicts an artists impression of sittings of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. In that forum, information provided by the Auditor-General can be used to support questions and debates.

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