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Audit committees in government departments : an internal audit perspective

  • Journal Title: Southern African Journal of Accountability and Auditing Research
  • Volume: Volume 6
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: p.75  - 84
  • Authors:  D.P. Van der Nest;
  • ISSN: 10289011
  • Abstract:  The establishment of audit committees in South African national government departments is not only a legal requirement. These committees must perform certain activities as to be an accountability instrument in the department. <br>Audit committees must perform functions relating to: <ul> <li>Risk management; </li> <li>financial reporting oversight; </li> <li>internal control and </li> <li>corporate governance. </li> </ul> This study evaluates the performance of audit committees with regard to the abovementioned categories, as assessed by the heads of internal audit of these departments.
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