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Public Sector Auditing, Accountability and Independence: a Study of ASEAN Countries

Ruth Kiraka (Faculty of Business and Law Victoria University of Technology, Australia)
Colin Clark (Public Sector Research Unit Victoria University of Technology, Australia)
Michael De Martinis (School of Accounting and Finance Victoria University of Technology, Australia)

Asian Review of Accounting

ISSN: 1321-7348

Article publication date: 1 February 2002

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Abstract

Supreme audit institutions, such as the auditors‐general, are considered a crucial link in the accountability chain between parliament and the executive arm of government. The purpose of this study is to examine the enabling legislation of the supreme audit institutions of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries from a public sector accountability and independence perspective. Following on from INTOSAI (1998), English and Guthrie (2000) and De Martinis and Clark (2001), this study uses an accountability and independence framework to identify and compare the current legislation applicable to the supreme audit institutions of the ASEAN member countries with regard to independence, autonomy, mandate, funding issues, and related parliamentary powers. This study finds that while on average each jurisdiction has addressed slightly less than half the total number of issues under examination, there is considerable diversity with regard to the particular issues addressed. The study suggests policy implications to further strengthen the provisions for accountability and independence of supreme audit institutions through amendments to the enabling legislation of the various jurisdictions.

Citation

Kiraka, R., Clark, C. and De Martinis, M. (2002), "Public Sector Auditing, Accountability and Independence: a Study of ASEAN Countries", Asian Review of Accounting, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 43-61. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb060757

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