President’s Pen

Audit disclaimers caused by software difficulties

LAST month I reported on the Shire’s inability to meet State financial reporting requirements or finalise its audits as regulated under WA local government law for the 2020/2021 financial year.

I also mentioned it was unlikely the Shire would be able to meet the 2021/2022 audit and State Office of the Auditor General deadline, thus causing both audits to be issued with a Disclaimer Opinion.

This follows difficulties arising from a decision by a previous Council more than four years ago to change from one Shire software reporting system (SynergySoft) to another (Datascape).

Inability to meet regulatory requirements is a serious matter.

All parties are aware of the urgency to undetake action to resolve this.

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