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To the Attorney-General

I have audited the accompanying annual financial statements of the Attorney-General's Department for the year ended 30 June 2015, which comprise:

  • Statement by the Accountable Authority and Chief Financial Officer;
  • Statement of Comprehensive Income;
  • Statement of Financial Position;
  • Statement of Changes in Equity;
  • Cash Flow Statement;
  • Schedule of Commitments;
  • Administered Schedule of Comprehensive Income;
  • Administered Schedule of Assets and Liabilities;
  • Administered Reconciliation Schedule;
  • Administered Cash Flow Statement;
  • Schedule of Administered Commitments; and
  • Notes to and forming part of the financial statements comprising a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

Accountable Authority's Responsibility for the Financial Statements

The Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department is responsible under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 for the preparation and fair presentation of annual financial statements that comply with Australian Accounting Standards and the rules made under that Act. The Secretary is also responsible for such internal control as is necessary to enable the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

Auditor's Responsibility

My responsibility is to  express  an  opinion on the financial statements based  on  my  audit. I have 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 entity'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 entity's internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of the accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting  estimates made by the Accountable Authority of the entity, 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 Attorney-General 's Department:

  1. comply with Australian Accounting Standards and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Financial Reporting) Rule 2015; and
  2. present fairly the financial position of the Attorney-General's Department as at 30 June 2015 and its financial performance and cash flows for the year then ended.

Australian National Audit Office

Signature of Peter Kerr
Peter Kerr

Executive Director

Delegate of the Auditor-General


24 August 2015

19 National Circuit BARTON ACT
Phone (02) 6203 7300 Fax (02) 6203 7777

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