Recent Question/Assignment

Assessment Criteria:
Student work will generally be assessed in terms of the following criteria:
1. Effectiveness of communication – i.e. readability, legibility, grammar, spelling, neatness, completeness and presentation will be a minimum threshold requirement for all written work submitted for assessment. Work that is illegible or incomprehensible and does not meet the minimum requirement will be awarded a fail grade.
2. Demonstrated understanding - This will be evidenced by the student's ability to be dialectical in the discussion of contentious issues.
3. Evidence of research - This will be evidenced by the references made to the statutes, auditing standards, books, journal articles and inclusion of a bibliography.
1. All written work must conform with the University of Ballarat General Guide for the Presentation of Academic Work.
2. For all written work students must ensure that they submit their own original work. Any act of plagiarism will be severely penalised.
Plagiarism is presenting someone else work as your own and is a serious offence with serious consequences. As set out in the University Regulation 6.1.1, students who are caught plagiarising will, for a first offence, be given a zero mark for that task. A second offence will result in a failing grade for the course(s) involved and any subsequent offence will be referred to the Student Discipline Committee. Student must be aware of the University Regulation 6.1.1 Student Plagiarism, available at The link to the library website for more information is:
Students must:
• fully reference the source(s) of all material, even if you have re-expressed the ideas, facts or descriptions;
• acknowledge all direct quotations; and
• not submit work that has been researched and written by another person.

PART A (7 Marks)
International Standards on Auditing (ISA) have been approved by the International Auditing and Assurance Board (IAASB). Recently, the IAASB has issued a number of proposed ISAs for comment
The key enhancements to auditor reporting are:
Proposed ISA700 – Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements
Proposed ISA701 – Communicating Key Audit Matters in the Independent Auditors Report
Proposed ISA260 – Communication with Those Charged with Governance
Proposed ISA570 –Going Concern
Proposed ISA705 – Modification to the Opinion in the Independent Auditor’s Report
Proposed ISA706 – Emphasis of Matter Paragraphs and Other Matter Paragraphs in the Independent Auditors Report
Briefly explain the nature and effect of these enhancements
PART B (7 Marks)
In January of 2007 the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) felt it necessary to issue a 14 page report commenting on over 20 shortcomings it had observed in the way auditors were addressing their responsibilities with respect to fraud.
Refer PCAOB Release 2007-001 January 22–2007: Observations on Auditors Implementation of PCAOB Standards Relating to Auditors’ Responsibilities with Respect to Fraud
Identify ten shortcomings
PART C (6 Marks)
The Companies Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board (CALDB) responds to applications mad by ASIC concerning auditors.
a) Briefly describe the powers of the Board
b) Go to the website and under the ‘Decisions’ tab you will find CALDB decisions since January 2008.There are 15verdicts. Briefly describe any five decisions including the breach and penalty applied.(i.e. facts and outcome)