To the Treasurer
I have audited the accompanying financial statements of the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation for the year ended 30 June 2009, which comprise: a Statement by Members and Chief Executive; Income Statement; Balance Sheet; Statement of changes in equity; Cash Flow Statement; Schedule of Commitments; and Notes to and forming part of the financial statements, including a summary of significant accounting policies.
The Members’ Responsibility for the Financial Statements
The members are responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in accordance with the Finance Minister’s Orders made under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, including the Australian Accounting Standards (which include the Australian Accounting Interpretations). This responsibility includes establishing and maintaining internal controls relevant to the preparation of the financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error; selecting and applying appropriate accounting policies; and making accounting estimates that are reasonable in the circumstances.
My responsibility is to express an opinion on the financial statements based on my audit. I 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 Reinsurance Pool Corporation’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements 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 Reinsurance Pool Corporation’s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of the accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by the members, 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 Reinsurance Pool Corporation; (a) have been prepared in accordance with the Finance Minister’s Orders made under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, including the Australian Accounting Standards; and (b) give a true and fair view of the matters required by the Finance Minister’s Orders including the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation’s financial position as at 30 June 2009 and of its financial performance and cash flows for the year then ended.
Australian National Audit Office
Delegate of the Auditor-General
23 September 2009