Public Accountability & Governance for Audit & Risk Assurance Committees

March 10 2016

This programme will cover:

• the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee: its constitutional position and its role within government departments and arm's length public bodies;

• the relationship between, and the respective roles of, the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee, the Accounting Officer and the Board (or other governing authority);

• the committee's role in relation to financial reporting and the governance statement;

• the committee's role in relation to risk management and anti-fraud measures;

• the respective contributions of internal and external audit;

• the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee's challenge function, including reference to case examples where the committee's approach could have been more robust;

• DFP's Audit & Risk Assurance Committee Handbook together with other relevant guidance;

• observations regarding good practice.


Brian Whalley, an independent consultant and acknowledged expert in this area, presents the seminar which includes a contribution from the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO).