Chinese auditors learn how to audit the Aussie way

Wed 29 October 2014

A group of auditors from the Chinese National Audit Office will be able to soon put to use new auditing and budgeting into China's auditing policies after completing a University of Canberra program.

The delegation of 17 auditors spent 20 weeks learning about Australian public sector auditing, including government accounting policies and budget processes, through a program run by the University of Canberra's Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA).

The program aimed for auditors to apply new policies and practices to strengthen state audit functions in China.

IGPA's director Professor Mark Evans said the program included visits to Australian financial institutions with the University's academic staff on hand to provide advice and knowledge to the delegation.

"Staff and associates of IGPA, the University's discipline of Accounting, Banking and Finance within the School of Information Sciences and Accounting, and other areas within the University provided specialist training to the delegation," he said.

"The program included visits to Parliament House to observe the Senate Estimates Committee and the Joint Committee on Public Accounts and Audit, the Australian National Audit Office and the ACT Auditor-General's Office."

The Chinese delegation was treated with presentations from experts and practitioners in public sector accounting, auditing including from the Department of Finance, the Department of Human Services, the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The group also spent a week in Sydney visiting NSW Parliament and its Public Accounts Committee, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Treasury and the NSW Audit Office.

Members of the delegation were presented with certificates for completing the program during a luncheon held on 7 October.

During the luncheon, Professor Evans presented Xu Xiao, minister-counsellor with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, with a print of a fresco by the 14th-century Italian painter Ambrogio Lorenzetti. 

The fresco, which was painted on the walls of the Council Room of the then governors of Siena, Italy, is known as the "Allegory of Good Government". 

"The painting illustrates, in a powerful way, the values on which good governance and our Institute are founded. Its antiquity reminds us that these values lie deep within the human experience," Professor Evans said.

Delegation members also prepared an eight-minute video and presented at the luncheon as a souvenir of their time in Australia. The video featured hundreds of professionally-edited photographs of the delegation, with personal messages from each delegate.


This article was reposted from the University of Canberra's Monitor Online and was written by Chris Davis.

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