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ASA 505 - External Confirmations - October 2009

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ASA 505 Standards/Accounting & Auditing as made
These Auditing Standards establish requirements and provide application and other explanatory material to auditors regarding their use of external confirmation procedures to obtain audit evidence.
Administered by: Treasury
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 s12 item 18
Registered 12 Nov 2009
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR16-Nov-2009
Tabled Senate16-Nov-2009

 

ASA 505

(October 2009)

 

 

 

 

Explanatory Statement

 

ASA 505 External Confirmations

 

 

Issued by the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board


Obtaining a Copy of this Explanatory Statement

This Explanatory Statement is available on the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) website: www.auasb.gov.au

Contact Details

Auditing and Assurance Standards Board

Level 7

600 Bourke Street

Melbourne   Victoria   3000

AUSTRALIA

Phone:    (03) 8080 7400

Fax:          (03) 8080 7450

E-mail:                 enquiries@auasb.gov.au

 

Postal Address:

PO Box 204

Collins Street West

Melbourne   Victoria   8007

AUSTRALIA


Reasons for Issuing Auditing Standard ASA 505 External Confirmations

The Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) issues Auditing Standard ASA 505 External Confirmations pursuant to the requirements of the legislative provisions and the Strategic Direction explained below.

The AUASB is an independent statutory board of the Australian Government established under section 227A of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001, as amended (ASIC Act).  Under section 336 of the Corporations Act 2001 (the Act), the AUASB may make Auditing Standards for the purposes of the corporations legislation.  These Auditing Standards are legislative instruments under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

Under the Strategic Direction given to the AUASB by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the AUASB is required to have regard to any programme initiated by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) for the revision and enhancement of the International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) and to make appropriate consequential amendments to the Australian Auditing Standards.  The IAASB has undertaken a programme to redraft, and in some cases, revise, in “clarity” format, the entire suite of ISAs.  Accordingly, the AUASB has decided to revise and redraft the Australian Auditing Standards using the equivalent redrafted ISAs.

The Auditing Standard conforms with ISA 505 External Confirmations.

Operative Date

ASA 505 External Confirmations is operative for financial reporting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2010.

Purpose of Auditing Standard ASA 505 External Confirmations

The purpose of the Auditing Standard is to establish requirements and to provide application and other explanatory material to auditors regarding their use of external confirmation procedures to obtain audit evidence.


Main Features

The Auditing Standard:

(a)                 describes the procedures the auditor shall follow to maintain control over external confirmation requests;

(b)                describes the requirements of the auditor when management refuses to allow the auditor to send a confirmation request; and

(c)                 details the requirements relating to the results of external confirmation procedures.

Preamble and Overall Objectives

ASA 505 is to be read in conjunction with ASA 101 Preamble to Australian Auditing Standards, which sets out the intentions of the AUASB on how the Australian Auditing Standards, operative for financial reporting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2010, are to be understood, interpreted and applied.  ASA 505 is to be read also in conjunction with ASA 200 Overall Objectives of the Independent Auditor and the Conduct of an Audit in Accordance with Australian Auditing Standards.

Process of making Australian Auditing Standards

The AUASB’s Strategic Direction, inter alia, provides that the AUASB develop Australian Auditing Standards that:

·                     have a clear public interest focus and are of the highest quality;

·                     use the International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) as the underlying standards;

·                     conform with the Australian regulatory environment; and

·                     are capable of enforcement.

In implementing the FRC’s Strategic Direction, the AUASB has undertaken a process of revision and redrafting of the Australian Auditing Standards that has:

·                     updated the form, layout and content of the Australian Auditing Standards;

·                     addressed the legal enforceability of mandatory obligations;

·                     maintained clarity of the auditor’s obligations;

·                     incorporated appropriate references to Australian laws and regulations;

·                     clearly identified, by use of the prefix “Aus”, AUASB additions to paragraphs in the requirements or the application and other explanatory material; and

·                     included other amendments as necessary.

Consultation Process prior to issuing the Auditing Standard

The AUASB has consulted publicly as part of its due process in developing the Auditing Standard.  Exposure Draft ED 14/09 Proposed Auditing Standard: External Confirmations (Re-issuance of ASA 505), was issued on 17 April 2009 with a 30 day comment period.

As an integral part of its consultation with the public, the AUASB sought comments on specific questions including:

·                     the completeness and accuracy of references in the Auditing Standard to relevant laws and regulations;

·                     the significant costs, if any, and benefits, of compliance with any additional requirements under the Auditing Standard; and

·                     whether or not there exist any matters of public interest affecting the issuance of the Auditing Standard.

Submissions were received by the AUASB and these were considered as part of the development and finalisation of the Auditing Standard.

Regulation Impact Statement

A Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) has been prepared in connection with the redrafting of Australian Auditing Standards in “clarity” format, including ASA 505 External Confirmations.

The RIS considered both expected benefits and expected costs of the introduction of clarified auditing standards, including comments provided by stakeholders during the redrafting process.  It concluded that expected benefits to users of audit services, users of audit reports, auditors and the Australian economy in general are, on balance, likely to outweigh expected costs.

Main Differences from ASA 505 External Confirmations (April 2006)

The main differences between the Auditing Standard and the Auditing Standard that it supersedes, ASA 505 External Confirmations (April 2006), are:

1.                   Auditing Standard ASA 505 is written in the “clarity” format using the equivalent International Standard on Auditing (ISA 505 External Confirmations) as the underlying Auditing Standard.  Consequently, the format, layout, and paragraph numbering styles are different from the extant Auditing Standard.

2.                   The following requirement included in the Auditing Standard is in part, or full, additional to the extant Auditing Standard:

(a)                  If the auditor has determined that a response to a positive confirmation request is necessary to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence, alternative audit procedures will not provide the audit evidence the auditor requires.  If the auditor does not obtain such confirmation, the auditor shall determine the implications for the audit and the auditor’s opinion in accordance with ASA 705.
(Ref: Para. 13)

3.                   The following requirement included in the extant Auditing Standard is now covered by Auditing Standard ASA 330 The Auditor’s Responses to Assessed Risks:

(a)            The auditor shall determine whether the use of external confirmations is necessary to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence at the assertion level.  In making this determination, the auditor shall consider the assessed risk of material misstatement at the assertion level and how the audit evidence from other planned audit procedures will reduce the risk of material misstatement at the assertion level to an acceptably low level.  (Ref: ASA 330 Para. 6, 19, A5 and A49)

4.                   Certain guidance material in the extant Auditing Standard has been elevated to requirements.

5.                   To improve clarity, certain requirements and guidance in the extant Auditing Standard have been re-written, however, the equivalent meanings have been retained.

6.                   Application and other explanatory material linked to the additional requirement listed in 2. above is also included in the Auditing Standard.