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INTERNAL AUDIT CHARTER

The role of Internal Audit

The Internal Audit Charter sets the rules which govern both the Internal Audit function and the Audit Committee. 

 

The Standards, in particular, 1000 – Purpose Authority and Responsibility, sets the requirements for the Internal Audit Charter.

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INTERNAL AUDIT STRATEGY

Internal Audit's bigger picture

Developing an audit strategy is a great way to show what the Internal Audit team does, how they do it, and how it links to the broader objectives of the organisation.

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AUDIT UNIVERSE

The business and our audit activities

An Audit Universe is a one stop document which includes a list of each of the organisations business areas and the audit activity associated with that area.

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ORGANISATIONAL STRATEGY AND EXTERNAL INFORMATION

The business' bigger picture and how this links with the current environment and external information

Understanding the organisation strategy and plans for the upcoming year are essential in developing an appropriate and fit for purpose annual plan.

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STAKEHOLDER DISCUSSIONS

Discussing the proposed plan with management

By now, a detailed understanding of the organisations strategies, objectives, and risks has been obtained. All of this information, including the information from the external research, should be collated and updated into a revised version of the Audit Universe.

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STRATEGIC PLAN

Audit activity for the next 5 yearts

A strategic plan is more than just a list of audits to be completed over the next 3 to 5 years. A strategic plan should be a reflection of everything we have learnt so far through our understanding of the company’s strategy and objectives, as well as what we have discovered through our external research, discussions with key stakeholders, and review of the current risk registers. 

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ANNUAL PLAN

Audit activity for the current year

The Annual Plan is essentially a subset of the Strategic Plan. Where the Strategic Plan focuses on audit activity planned over the next three to five years, the Annual Plan will focus only on audit activity planned for the current year. 

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COMMUNICATING TO THE AUDIT COMMITTEE

Presenting the plan

Presenting the Annual and Strategic Plans to the audit committee is an important mechanism for the Internal Audit function to demonstrate their skills and competencies. Presenting the plans to the audit committee must be clear and simple, yet provide sufficient information to allow the audit committee to form their own objective opinions. 

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