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We present articles here that are of interest to people who run a business; either for themselves or someone else.

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  • 18th Apr 2013

    FocusOn - Reportable payments to contractors

    New reporting requirements affect payments to contractors in the building and construction industry.
  • 1st Apr 2013

    Creating value in your business

    Great businesses rarely just happen. You need to be targeted.
  • 28th Mar 2013

    Deciding if we need an audit

    Organisations are required to undertake audits for a variety of reasons: As directed by a regulator As directed by the governing documents such as rules or constitution As directed by an external...
  • 16th Mar 2013

    Business value - Competitive advantage

    Every business should understand what differentiates them from competitors. Understand why your customers come to you. Whilst price is always important, build points of difference around: Excellent...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    Audit - Private Companies

    Small proprietary companies , which satisfy two of the following: consolidated revenue less than $25,000,000 consolidated gross assets less than $12,500,000 employ less than 50 employees Do not...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    Audit - Associations

    Incorporated Associations Victoria (other than charities) Tier 1 Total revenue less than $250,000 (or if declared by Registrar) No review or audit of financial statements required unless voted by...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    The paperwork police are coming

    The Fair Work Ombudsman has been cracking down on bad record keeping and payroll compliance.
  • 5th Mar 2013

    Audit - Charities and not-for-profit organisations

    Small charities Total revenue less than $250,000 No review or audit of financial statements required unless required by governing documents or directed to by a member or external party. Medium...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    Audit levels of assurance

    Audit - Review - Agreed Upon Procedures Understanding and managing the reporting requirements of your organisation can be a confusing process. Audits offer the highest level of assurance and the best...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    Audit - Reasonable Assurance

    An audit will provide an organisation with an opinion on the true and fair nature of the financial statements. An audit involves: review and testing of internal controls physical verification of...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    Review - Limited Assurance

    A review provides an organisation with a report on anything that has come to the attention that would indicate a material misstatement. The objective of a review differs significantly from that of an...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    Agreed Upon Procedures - No assurance

    An Agreed Upon Procedure provides a report on factual findings, discovered based on the scope of the engagement. No opinion is provided on the findings. Agreed upon procedure engagements vary...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    The Saward Dawson approach

    Saward Dawson's team has expertise in the provision of audit and assurance services. We undertake many financial statement audits for both for-profit and not-for-profit (NFP) entities. We also...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    The audit process - Planning

    During the planning stage work is undertaken to understand each organisation's activities, risks and control framework. This process delivers a formal risk map and audit plan ready for engagement...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    Other assurance related services

    In addition to our financial statement audit services we also provide many other related assurance services including: reviews internal audit grants and acquittals due diligence investigations agreed...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    The audit process - Systems and control

    Where we determine that the internal control framework is sufficient to mitigate audit risk efficiently we document, assess and test internal controls. This intervention seeks to establish the...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    What is an audit?

    An audit is an independent evaluation of a process, outcome or report with a view to providing a level of assurance to various stakeholders. Most commonly audit is referred to as "the provision of...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    The audit process - Substantive

    Work is performed on balances and transactions that make up the financial report to ensure that the financial report is true and fair. The procedures used are determined after the planning, systems...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    Conduct of an audit

    At Saward Dawson we undertake our audits in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Auditing Standards. The standard set out the requirements, processes and reporting to be followed in the...
  • 5th Mar 2013

    The audit process - Reporting

    During the reporting stage of the audit we will communicate with both management and the governance members. Audit Guide - The audit process


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