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     SOPAC 2015, 15 to 18 March

Pre-Conference rate now available for Sydney 2015.



Breaking News: ASX Corporate Governance Council acknowledges need for Internal Audit

 
 

The Institute of Internal Auditors – Australia is very pleased to inform all IIA-Australia members of the launch of the Third Edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Council Guidelines and Recommendations for listed entities. Specifically, we would like to draw your attention to the new recommendation 7.3 which highlights the need for internal audit functions for listed organisations. Click here for more information.

Bob McDonald Award 2014 
During SOPAC 2014, the Bob McDonald Award was presented to David Lawler. More….

2014 GradCertIA Excellence Award winners 
The winners of the inaugural GradCertIA Excellence Awards were announced at the SOPAC 2014 gala dinner on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 in Melbourne.

These awards were created to reward individual excellence in candidates completing the GradCertIA and aim to:
 
. Encourage high level achievement
. Recognise excellence and commitment
. Provide a platform for professional advancement. 

The GradCertIA Best Overall Excellence Award, proudly sponsored by Westpac Banking Corporation, was awarded to the student who excelled across all four modules of the GradCertIA throughout their study.
 
This was presented to:
 
Bree Hogan, Senior Compliance Analyst, Telstra Corporation
 
The second award announced was the GradCertIA Achievement Award, proudly sponsored by Insurance Australia Group. This award acknowledges a student who has shown the greatest improvement over their course of study.
 
This was presented to:

Sheila Bulandran, Senior Internal Auditor, Capricorn Society Ltd
 
We wish to congratulations both our winners for this great achievement.   
 
Benchmarking Report 2014  
For the past six years, the Institute of Internal Auditors – Australia (IIA-Australia) and Protiviti have conducted comprehensive surveys of the internal audit profession to identify trends and developments. In 2014, our research continues to explore the fundamental themes of internal audit independence, value and service quality.

The 2014 study is based on the combined results of a quantitative survey of approximately 70 Audit Committee Members, with the added depth of qualitative feedback gained through holding separate roundtable discussions with select Audit Committee Chairs. Click here to read the Benchmarking Report 2014.    

COSO Releases New Thought Leader Paper  
Improving Organizational Performance and Governance: How the COSO Frameworks Can Help, has been developed to illustrate how the enterprise risk management (ERM) and internal control frameworks can contribute to enhancing organizational performance and governance for sustainable success. More…… 


Upcoming Courses
Fundamentals of Internal Auditing | BRISBANE
Tuesday 6 May to Friday 9 May | More info | BOOK NOW
Through team exercises, group discussion and lectures, attendees will gain a foundation of knowledge that will allow them to properly prepare for and conduct a successful audit, using preliminary surveys and evidence-gathering techniques. A basic understanding of the roles of risks and internal controls in auditing will also be stressed, along with interpersonal and client relationship skills.

Fraud Risk and Control | SYDNEY 
Wednesday 7 May | More info | BOOK NOW
The days of simply reacting to fraud and corruption once it has occurred have passed. Directors and Australian Standards expect organisations to have effective measures in place to prevent, detect and investigate fraud and corruption. Internal auditors are expected to be able to assist their organisation in this important area

Auditing Projects, Project Management & Project Risk | CANBERRA
Thursday 8 May to Friday 9 May | More info | BOOK NOW
Increasingly, those who have risk-related roles are being asked to give assurance that project risks are being assessed, governed and minimised. At the end of this course participants will be highly project-risk aware and be able to add value to the project process.

Conducting Fraud Investigations | SYDNEY
Thursday 8 May to Friday 9 May | More info | BOOK NOW
Evidence suggests that organisations with an internal audit function are more likely to detect fraud. Undertaking investigations properly helps ensure that all evidence is found and preserved, that the evidence becomes admissible in a court of law and that the process is fair to all of those involved including the investigator. This course covers the entire investigation process to help participants acquire the practical skills needed to conduct successful investigations.

Fundamentals of Internal Auditing | PERTH
Wednesday 14 May to Friday 16 May | More info | BOOK NOW
Through team exercises, group discussion and lectures, attendees will gain a foundation of knowledge that will allow them to properly prepare for and conduct a successful audit, using preliminary surveys and evidence-gathering techniques. A basic understanding of the roles of risks and internal controls in auditing will also be stressed, along with interpersonal and client relationship skills.

Assurance Mapping | SYDNEY 
Friday 23 May | More info | BOOK NOW
Assurance mapping is a tool which enables Internal Auditors to visually present all assurance activities of the organisation, both internal and external, as they apply to the organisation's risks.  Once complete risks with inadequate assurance coverage and / or areas with duplicated coverage can be identified. 

Performing External Quality Assessments of the Internal Audit Activity | SYDNEY
Thursday 29 May to Friday 30 May | More info | BOOK NOW
The IIA International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards) requires internal and external assessments of Internal Audit to be undertaken periodically to appraise the quality of Internal Audit operations. This forms part of an Internal Audit Unit’s  Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (Standard 1300).