Since our first education sector appointment as auditors to a cluster of leading independent schools in 1998, we have been honing our expertise and have a well-established independent school’s specific approach and program.
Our strength in the sector has seen us appointed as auditors to numerous education entities – including a number of schools, peak bodies in education, and as census auditors for the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, Queensland Department of Education and the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board.
Our school census audit engagements entailed some in-depth work which involved reconstructing a school’s census return from enrolment and attendance data. In particular, this engagement required:
- Assessment of internal controls regarding the collection and recording of student attendance data. This included reviewing class attendance sheets, reviewing school policies and procedures then interviewing teachers to confirm whether these procedures were being complied with
- Reconstruction of enrolment data from the school’s enrolment system (Denbigh) and supporting documentation such as enrolment data. Census data was reconstructed into the following categories:
- Total students (full time/part-time)
- Indigenous students (full time/part-time)
- Students with disabilities (full time/part-time)
- Students on visas (full time/part-time)
- Overseas Students (full time/part-time)
- Borders (full time/part-time)
- Distance Education students (full time/part-time)
- Indigenous Distance Education Students (full time/part-time)