To the Attorney-General
I have audited the accompanying financial statements of the Australian Law Reform Commission for the year ended 30 June 2013, which comprise: a Statement by the Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer;the Statement of Comprehensive Income; Balance Sheet; Statement of Changes in Equity; Cash Flow Statement; Schedule of Commitments; Schedule of Contingencies; and Notes to and Forming Part of the Financial Statements, comprising a Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and other explanatory information.
Chief Executive Officer’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements
The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Law Reform Commission 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 Australian Law Reform Commission’spreparation of the 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 Australian Law Reform Commission’sinternal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of the accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by the Chief Executive Officer, 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 Australian Law Reform Commission:
have been prepared in accordance with the Finance Minister’s Orders made under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997, including theAustralian Accounting Standards; and
give a true and fair view of the matters required by the Finance Minister’s Orders including the Australian Law Reform Commission’s financial position as at 30 June 2013 and of its financial performance and cash flows for the year then ended.
Australian National Audit Office
Delegate of the Auditor-General
10 September 2013