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AUDIT PROFESSION BILL. PRESENTATION BY THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS’ AND AUDITORS’ BOARD OCTOBER 2005. Audit Profession Bill Presentation by the PAAB. Introduction R Benjamin-Swales: Chairperson of the PAAB K Hoosain : CEO Prof J Rowlands : Chairperson of Education Committee

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audit profession bill
AUDIT PROFESSION BILL

PRESENTATION BY THE

PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS’ AND

AUDITORS’ BOARD

OCTOBER 2005

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Audit Profession Bill Presentation by the PAAB

Introduction

  • R Benjamin-Swales: Chairperson of the PAAB
  • K Hoosain : CEO
  • Prof J Rowlands : Chairperson of Education Committee
  • B Agulhas: Director - Auditing Standards
  • C Garbutt: Manager - Legal
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Audit Profession Bill Presentation by the PAAB
  • Opening remarks
  • Education and training
  • Disciplinary process
  • Reportable irregularities
  • Erosion of the attest (audit) function
  • Some other issues
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Audit Profession Bill Presentation by the PAAB

Opening remarks

  • Thank you for the opportunity to give input to the Committee
  • PAAB supports the Bill and the move to independent regulation of the auditing profession
  • Comments are to enhance the practical implementation and improve the wording to better achieve the intention of the various sections that we have commented on
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Audit Profession Bill Presentation by the PAAB

Education and Training

  • Partial accreditation should be allowed by the RBA – Request S7(1)(a) to be amended
  • The RBA is charged with the responsibility of protecting the public through the regulation of audit services, therefore it should determine whether or not a person meets the competence requirements – Request that S37(2)(a) be amended
  • RBA should be allowed to recognise education and training programmes of an educational institution, in part or in full – Request introduction of a new S 7(2)(b)
  • Other recommendations include the appropriate use of the words “qualification”; and “may” versus “must”
  • Add definitions of “accreditation” and “recognition”
  • Included a proposed redraft of the relevant sections
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Audit Profession Bill Presentation by the PAAB

Education and Training

  • Reasons for partial accreditation and recognition in whole or in part
  • Currently there is only one accredited body - SAICA
  • “All or nothing” process will be a barrier to new entrants
  • Need flexibility to improve access and promote transformation
  • Outright refusal of accreditation is punitive, not constructive
  • Parliament and Government have oversight over RBA – If national objectives are not being achieved, they can call the RBA to account or intervene
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Audit Profession Bill Presentation by the PAAB

Disciplinary Process

  • Accountability of firms in disciplinary process – definitions of a registered auditor and firm
  • No specific provision for complaint to be discharged
  • No provision to settle a complaint by consent order
  • Lack of provisions against self incrimination
  • Competent sanctions – suspension provisions to be revised, provision for disqualification from registration
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Audit Profession Bill Presentation by the PAAB

Reportable Irregularities

  • Definitions – “management board”, “nominated registered auditor”, “reportable irregularity” – lack of consistency and clarity
  • Reporting without delay – no opportunity to discuss with client
  • Materiality in relation to third parties
  • Inappropriate sanction – fine or imprisonment or both
  • “any unlawful act” – many laws that may not impact on the financial statements
  • “otherwise dishonest” – need clarity on what this means
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Audit Profession Bill Presentation by the PAAB

Erosion of Audit Function

  • Registered auditors are subject to stringent regulation, which is needed to protect the public interest and the integrity of the profession.
  • Necessary to protect the identity of the designation and all variations thereof that are commonly used and understood locally and internationally.
  • Those wanting to be known as such and do the work as auditors must meet the requirements and register with RBA.
  • Need to repeal or amend sections of other legislation that allow persons not registered with RBA to do audits
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Audit Profession Bill Presentation by the PAAB

Some Other Issues

  • Improvements to some definitions
  • Add S2 (f) co-operative relationships with other international regulators
  • Add under S4 … to conduct inspection required…
  • Add under S9(b) … and remuneration payable…
  • S11 & S28 clarify or avoid the word “executive” in it’s context
  • S12(1) Consider 3 year term as opposed to 2 years
  • Add under S20 - (2)(f) an Inspection Committee
  • Add under S43 - submit an annual return of information
  • Amend S47(1)(b) from annually to once every three years
  • S50(3)(a)(ii) Penalties to be clarified, may not be enough, RBA should annually determine