To the Treasurer
The financial statements and Members’ responsibility
The financial statements comprise:
- Statement by Members;
- Statements of Financial Performance, Financial Position and Cash Flows;
- Schedules of Commitments, Contingencies abd Administered Items; and
- Notes to and forming part of the Financial Statements
of the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation for the year ended 30 June 2004.
The Members are responsible for preparing and true and fair presentation of the financial statements in accordance with the Finance Minister’s Orders made under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997. This inlcudes responsibilities for the maintenance of adequate accounting records and internal controls that are designed to prevent and detect fraud and error, and for the accounting policies and accounting estimates inherent in the financial statements.
I have conducted an independent audit of the financial statements in order to express an opinion on them to you. My audit has been conducted in accordance with the Australian National Audit Office Auditing Standards, which incorporate the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards, in order to provide reasonable assurance as to whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The nature of an audit is influenced by factors such as the use of professional judgement, selective testing, the inherent limitations of internal control, and the availability of persuasive, rather than conclusive, evidence. Therefore, an audit cannot guarantee that all material misstatements have been detected.
While the effectiveness of management’s internal controls over financial reporting was considered when determining the nature and extent of audit procedures, the audit was not designed to provide assurance on internal controls.
I have performed procedures to assess whether, in all material respects, the financial statements present fairly, in accordance with the Finance Minister ‘s Orders made under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, Accounting Standards and other mandatory financial reporting requirements in Australia, a view which is consistent with my understanding of the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation’s financial position, and of its financial performance and cash flows.
The audit opinion is formed on the basis of these procedures, which included:
- examining, on a test basis, information to provide evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements; and
- assessing the appropriateness of the accounting policies and disclosures used, and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by the Members of the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation.
In conducting the audit, I have followed the independence requirements of the Australian National Audit Office, which incorporate the ethical requirements of the Australian accounting profession.
In my opinion, the financial statements:
- have been prepared in accordance with the Finance Minister’s Orders made under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997; and
- give a true and fair view, of the matters required by applicable Accounting Standards and other mandatory professional reporting requirements in Australia, and the Finance Minister’s Orders, of the financial position of the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation as at 30 June 2004, and of its performance and cash flows for the year ended.
Australian National Audit Office
Group Executive Director
Delegate of the Auditor-General
21 September 2004