The Australian parliamentary inquiry into regulation of audit – what you need to know

Stay up-to-date with the latest developments on the inquiry and how we are actively contributing on behalf of members

In Brief

  • The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services report is due out 1 March 2020.
  • CA ANZ welcomes the inquiry as an opportunity for Australia to join the global discussion on the purpose of audit
  • We have lodged two submissions, and proposed a 15-point plan designed to address the risks facing Australian businesses and consumers

Background

On 1 August 2019 the Senate referred an inquiry into the regulation of auditing in Australia to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services for report by 1 March 2020.

CA ANZ welcomes the inquiry as an opportunity for Australia to join the global discussion on the purpose of audit so we can continually evolve to meet modern stakeholder expectations.

About this inquiry

Terms of reference for the regulation of auditing in Australia

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Second auditing inquiry public hearing

Reporting & Assurance Leader Amir Ghandar CA represented CA ANZ at the public hearings in Canberra on Friday, 29 November 2019.

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Reporting & Assurance Leader Amir Ghandar CA represented CA ANZ at the public hearings

Our engagement

Our overall approach is focused on being an active voice and facilitator in the debate, making a difference on the issues surrounding audit regulation and the future of audit, and advocating for sensible and effective solutions in the public interest.

We have engaged with members and key stakeholders in Australia and New Zealand throughout 2019 to develop a vision around the future of audit, including on the key issues being debated.

This has included roundtables, workshops and meetings involving members in audit firms, commerce and industry, regulators and policy makers, as well as investor, governance, and business groups.

Our submissions

Submission 1

The committee secretary asked CA ANZ to provide some plain language information about auditing in Australia and relevant comparisons and developments overseas, to help the Committee as well as others wishing to make submissions.

We have prepared 'frequently asked questions' starting with 'what is an audit' and simple visuals summarising the financial reporting and auditing regulatory eco-system. We have also outlined key developments and background in the UK and elsewhere internationally so the inquiry can draw on up-to-date information around this.

Submission 2

CA ANZ has proposed a bold, comprehensive 15-point plan to provide new and better ways to improve the confidence, relevance and quality of audits and cover the risks facing Australian businesses and consumers.

Our 15 Point Plan sets out how auditors, boards/audit and risk committees, management/CFOs, and other key participants in the chain should refocus their approach to ensure:

  • Conflicts of interest are mitigated and meet public expectations
  • The level of risk tolerance and management are in keeping with the business environment, and
  • The quality of audits continue to be well resourced, robust and transparent to key decision makers.

CA ANZ’s 15 Point Plan for audit

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