Who conducts audits?
The principal employer organisation (PEO) is required to conduct its own self-assessment.
Compliance audits are carried out independently of the Department of Education and Training. However, the department and the corporation requiring the audit both have responsibilities in respect to the audit.
The PEO selects an approved auditor and organises the audit with them.
Section 84(4) of the
Further Education and Training Act states an 'approved auditor' means an auditor, or a person who is a type of auditor. The department has determined that an approved auditor means an auditor that has been accredited as a 'Lead Auditor' or higher by an appropriate accreditation body, either
Exemplar Global (formerly RABQSA) or the
International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA).
The department will issue the PEO's selected auditor with
Guidelines for the conduct of auditing services for principal employer organisations in Queensland.
The approved auditor is required to:
project manage the audit
undertake the audit service, including initial contact, desk audit, site visit and follow up meetings
document audit observations and evidence sighted
submit any documents required by the department
provide the quality audit report to the department regarding compliance for initial and/or ongoing recognition
retain all records from the compliance audit for a period of seven years
maintain professional qualifications and professional associations in quality auditing.