To the Treasurer
Report on the Financial Statements
I have audited the accompanying financial statements of the Department of the Treasury for the year ended 30 June 2014, which comprise: a Statement by the Departmental Secretary and Chief Finance Officer; Statement of Comprehensive Income; Statement of Financial Position; Statement of Changes in Equity; Cash Flow Statement; Schedule of Commitments; Schedule of Contingencies; Administered Schedule of Comprehensive Income; Administered Schedule of Assets and Liabilities; Administered Reconciliation Schedule; Schedule of Administered Cash Flows; Schedule of Administered Commitments; Schedule of Administered Contingencies and Notes to and Forming Part of the Financial Statements comprising a Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and other explanatory information.
Chief Executive’s Responsibility fax the Financial Statements
The Chief Executive of the Department of the Treasury is responsible for the preparation of financial statements that give a true and fair view in accordance with the Finance Minister’s Orders made under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997, including the Australian Accounting Standards, and for such internal control as is necessary to enable the preparation of the financial statements that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
My responsibility is to express an opinion on the financial statements based on my audit. I have conducted my audit in accordance with the Australian National Audit Office Auditing Standards, which incorporate the Australian Auditing Standards. ‘These auditing standards require that I comply with relevant ethical requirements relating to audit engagements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement.
An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgement, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the preparation of financial statements that give a true and fair view in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the department’s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of the accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by the Chief Executive of the Department of the Treasury, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.
I believe that the audit evidence I have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for my audit opinion.
In conducting my audit, I have followed the independence requirements of the Australian National Audit Office, which incorporate the requirements of the Australian accounting profession.
In my opinion, the financial statements of the Department of the Treasury:
- have been prepared in accordance with the Finance Minister’s Orders made under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997, including the Australian Accounting Standards; and
- give a true and fair view of the matters required by the Finance Minister’s Orders including the Department of the Treasury’s financial position as at 30 June 2014 and of its financial performance and cash flows for the year then ended.
Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements
Note 31 “Compliance with Statutory Conditions for Payments from the Consolidated Revenue Fund” of the financial statements discloses information on the Department of the Treasury’s review of its exposure to risks of not complying with statutory conditions for payments from appropriations. Non-compliance with statutory conditions may lead to a contravention of section 83 of the Constitution, which requires that no money shall be drawn from the Treasury of the Commonwealth except under an appropriation made by law. In this context, the Department of the Treasury identified that nine payments totalling $5,473 for long service leave were made in 2013-14 in contravention of section 83 of the Constitution.
Australian National Audit Office
2 October 2014
19 National Circuit BARTON ACT
Phone (02) 6203 7500 Fax (02) 6273 5355