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HA3032 Developing an Audit Program for The Oceania Capital Partners Assessment Answer

Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
T1 2020
Unit Code
Unit Title
Assessment Type
Group Assignment
Assessment Title
“Developing an Audit Program for a selected publically listed Company”
Purpose of the assessment (with ULO Mapping)
Students are required to:

1.1- Identify and distinguish between tests of controls, substantive tests of transactions and substantive tests of balances.
1.2- Identify and understand when the auditor will undertake substantive audit procedures in response to specific assessed risks of material misstatement.
1.3- Understand how assertions relate to account balances
1.4- Understand how to select the most efficient and effective combination of audit procedures that allows them to achieve the audit objective
1.5– Active participation in an “audit team context” with professional group discussions
The following Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable:
  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the reporting requirements of auditing standards relating to auditors’ reports.
  2. Explain how the audit planning process directs the auditor to obtain adequate evidence to support audit findings and address the importance of materiality in an audit;
  3. Explain the process of audit planning to determine risk assessments and an overall audit strategy;
  4. Explain the auditors’ obligations with regards to understanding the client’s business and internal controls, and assessing business risks.
  5. Achieve a high level of competence in applying prescribed auditing techniques in gathering evidence to satisfy audit assertions
40% of the total assessment
Total Marks
40 Marks
Word limit
Maximum 3,000  3,500 words
Submission Guidelines
  • All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Holmes Institute Assignment Cover Page.
  • The assignment must be in MS Word format, single spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page numbers.
  • Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using Harvard referencing style.

HA3032 Auditing  Group Assignment Specifications


The aim of this group assignment is to provide you with an opportunity to design a “risk- based” audit program for a real world company and focus on the “Substantive tests of balances”, which involves substantiating the ending balance of an account(s), which is comprised of multiple transactions, as at a certain year-end date.

Assignment Requirements and Structure

  1. Students are required to form groups of 4 students group members by completing the “HA3032 Group Form details”.
  2. Each group of students group have been provided by unit coordinator, a unique

ASX listed company to use for progressive analysis in this group assignment.

  1. Prepare a detailed audit program Report [3,000-3500 words] for the client/company in a group of 4 students. Students must use a Report Format with an Executive Summary and Table of Contents.
  2. Use publicly available online resources for research purposes.

Detail Assignment Tasks: Developing an Audit Program for a selected listed Company

  1. Gain an understanding of the nature of the entity and its industry and then identify key business risks. After this is completed, assess where the risks of material mis- statements could be in the financial report. Consider the factors affecting both Inherent Risk and Control Risk. Finally, apply the Audit Risk Model [AR = (IR, CR, DR)] to the selected company. Which risk rating would you apply (Low, Medium or High) to the company’s inherent risk assessment and control risk assessment? How does this affect your assessment of Detection Risk and Audit Risk?
  2. Perform analytical procedures of the Statement of Financial Position and of Financial Performance over the last three years using appropriate ratios and/or metrics. Select four key ratios and provide a brief explanation in the report. This should be presented in a table format.
  3. Discuss with your group members which account balances are considered “material”. Explain how you calculated materiality for planning purposes and provide appropriate justification for your decision-making.

(Note - Use a table format to structure your answers to questions 5, 6, 7 & 8)

  1. Select up to ten different material account balances, at least five assets and five liabilities.
  2. For each material account balance selected, list the relevant financial report assertions and explain why the selected assertions are applicable to each account.
  3. Design a comprehensive set of audit work steps for each material account balance, which addresses the selected assertions and which will result in sufficient and appropriate audit evidence being collected for your selected client company. (Assume that a predominantly substantive approach is being adopted)
  4. Include a sampling plan, which details how you will use sampling for each material account balance to be tested. How many items will be tested for each test?


Developing an Audit Program


With the ramified changes, there are a lot of opportunities for investors to invest in various business organizations. The return on investment depends on the profitability of the organization and the way of organization in which it operates. The investors review and analyze the financial statements of the organization before any investment. To increase trust and provide accurate information of the financial position of organization an external assistance is required. An external opinion is required on financial statements to check whether the information given by the organization is true and correct. A group of professional persons provide opinions on financial statements known as Auditors. For providing an opinion an audit procedure is followed by auditors. 

There are a number of audit procedure that auditors have to follow as per the size and nature of organization such as: 

  • Set up an audit risk model
  • Ratio analysis to perform the analytical procedure
  • Decide materiality level
  • Sampling
  • Inquiry, observation, inspection, and recalculation of work

Under this report, complete information is given on different audit procedures that an auditor includes in the audit program to get sufficient and appropriate audit evidence. In this report, the entity chosen is Oceania Capital Partners being the investment company providing its financial and non-financial services to the shareholders with their investment exposure. The different audit procedures are being applied to this organization to provide an example of how the audit procedures work practically (Lu, Simnett, & Zhou, (2019).

Organization and the respective industry details in brief: 

The Oceania Capital Partners is the investment advice company indulged in providing its shareholders with the investment exposure and helps them to strengthen the return on their investment.  This company focuses on the pursuing their equity style business transactions and public opportunity with the private equity experience with the strong disciplines. The overall net profit of the company is $5.2 million which was 15% lower since last three years. Currently, share price of the company not in running but the total market capitalisation of the company is 77.7 million. 

Audit Risk Model:

Audit Risk Model is a tool used to identify and understand various audit risks arises during audit procedures of an organization. Audit risk may be considered as the product of detection risk, inherent risk, and control risk. By applying the audit risk model, auditors try to minimize audit risk to an acceptable level. However, there are various risks arise during the audit which cannot minimize and manage by auditors during audit procedure.

Audit Risk = Inherent Risk * Control Risk * Detection Risk

Inherent Risk refers to a material misstatement in the financial statement arising due to error or omission as the number of transactions involved. In the case of Oceania Capital Partners, the inherent risk is higher as company is indulged in the complex financial program and as there are chances of material misstatement in its financial statement (Oceania Capital Partners, 2020).

Control risk refers to a material misstatement in the financial statement arising due to absence or failure in the operation of relevant controls of the entity. In the case of Oceania Capital Partners, the control risk is also higher as the company has to follow financial instrumental rules and regulation programs for its business operation. In Oceania Capital Partners, there is higher control as a company has to file financial statements with the domestic and international markets (Oceania Capital Partners, 2020).

Detection risk refers to the risk that the auditors fail to detect a material misstatement in the financial statements. In Oceania Capital Partners, detection risk is lower as there is lower chances of fraud, errors and omission due to the involvement of highly experienced accountant and professional team (Davis, & Hay, 2012).

The model that is used to identify the audit risk of the audit procedure implemented to check transparency and true and fair view of the financial statement of the company is known as the Audit Risk Model.

Audit Risk implication of the Oceania Capital Partners

As details mentioned above, it can be said that Oceania Capital Partners is having high reporting risk and accounting rules compliance risk with the alignment of its misstatement in its recording framework due to the higher complexities in its process. The Oceania Capital Partners may face issues related to the legal compliance and risk of errors and frauds in financial statements. The audit risk of company is computed by-product of inherent risk, control risk, and detection risk. The audit risk in Oceania Capital Partners is high due to the higher inherent risk and higher control risk (Gore, 2019).

 In the given case, it is deemed that the audit risk of Oceania Capital Partners is set 16%, inherent risk is 72% and control risk is 65%. Then, in this case detection risk would be 42.77%. 

Computation of detection risk on the basis of following formula:

Audit Risk Inherent Risk * Control Risk * Detection Risk

0.15 =0.72 * 0.62 * Detection Risk

Detection Risk =42.77%

Analytical Procedures for auditing:

The Analytical procedure involves comparisons of different sets of financial and operational information to understand the financial and non-financial transactions of organizations. Various ratios are calculated between various financial and non-financial figures. The analysis provides an understanding of the trend and direction in which the organization operate. The ratios that are calculated under the analytical procedure are as follows.ratios under analytical process

 The liquidity position of the company has shown that company has strong deployment of the funds in its operating assets and its debt funding is also maintained higher which shows the higher leverage business in the process. The efficiency of the company is strong and with the low financial leverage Oceania Capital Partners Company could easily sustain in market. 

Selection of Materiality and Material Account Balances in the Oceania Capital Partners

During the audit procedure applied to the financial statement by the auditors, it is difficult for auditors to do an audit of every aspect of financial statements. Auditors have to decide materiality and performed the audit in a limited period of time with limited resources. If every aspect of the financial statement is reviewed by the auditor then it became time-consuming and costly. Therefore, auditors have to decide the materiality of account balance and decide which account balance should be checked in detail. The selection of account balance cannot do on a random basis or without any reasonable basis. Auditors used different audit tools for the selection of account balance as per the materiality level (Chan, Guo,, & Mo, 2019).

Materiality refers to the part of the financial statement that is so substantial that it affects the decision of a person who gets knowledge of it. Materiality is a qualitative concept which requires professional knowledge of auditor. However, auditor's judgment is based on the quantitative level of materiality (Tello, et al.2016).).

Auditors follow a series of steps to identify materiality based on Revenue, net profit, assets & liabilities. For example, in the case of Oceania Capital Partners, the materiality calculated based on revenue and profit outcomes. In that case consider that if any transaction more than 4% of revenue then it covers under materiality. In that case, net income is not taken under consideration as net profit increased from previous year profit with high volatility.

Total Revenue and other income for the year ended 2019:US$ 29.12 m

4% of revenue:(US$ 29.12 m*0.04)=US$1.2m

(Oceania Capital Partners, 2020).

In the case of Oceania Capital Partners, there is constant growth and an increase in profit. However, there is a high amount of transactions involves therefore materiality set at US$1.2 m. Based on this materiality level, various account balances are reviewed by the auditor. Following are the account balances that reached materiality level and consider for audit procedure (Sierra-García, et al. 2019).

Current Assets

Cash and Short Term Investments

Cash & Equivalents
Short Term Investments
Total Receivables, Net
Accounts Receivables - Trade, Net
Total Inventory
Prepaid Expenses

Other Current Assets, Total

 Total Assets
Property/Plant/Equipment, Total - Net
Property/Plant/Equipment, Total - Gross

Accumulated Depreciation, Total

Goodwill, Net

Intangibles, Net
Long Term Investments
Note Receivable - Long Term
Other Long Term Assets, Total
Other Assets, Total

 Total Current Liabilities
Accounts Payable

Accrued Expenses
Notes Payable/Short Term Debt
Current Port. of LT Debt/Capital Leases
Other Current liabilities, Total
 Total Liabilities
Total Long Term Debt

Audit assertion, procedures, and audit work steps for selected account balances:

Account Balance
Value all in $m)
Audit Assertion
Audit Procedure (Audit work steps)
Audit Evidence
Cash & Cash Equivalent
Existence of cash: The balance of cash and cash equivalent shown in the balance sheet should be matched with cash in hand or cash at bank or total of both.
Complete as per record:  Complete cash in hand and cash at the bank should be taken in account of the balance sheet figure (Haffajee, et al. 2019).
The Cash balance as shown in the balance sheet should be matched with hard cash and cash in the company's bank account and lockers.
The cash sales transactions should check with cash sales invoices to check the accuracy of sales transactions mentioned in the cash book. 
To check debit entries in the cash book, check supporting receipts and payment slips.
Do a proper analysis by asking from the accountant about the frequency of cash transactions and the period in which the cashbook updated.
The frequency of cash transactions should be compared from the previous year and if there is a high difference then identify the reason for the same.
Copy of cash book
Copy of bank passbook
Receipt of all cash transactions
Ledger of cash and bank 
Bank reconciliation statement
Receivables and Contract assets
Existence of Receivables: The amount shown as due from receivable should be reconciled with account balance confirmation received from debtors. This amount represents the amount that the organization entitled to receive from customers on credit sales.
Rights & Obligations:
The organization has legal right on the amount due from debtors on credit sales. The organization has the right to sue the debtors in case of non-payment against credit sales (Schmidt, Wood, & Grabski, 2016).).
the Amount shown as receivable should be confirmed from the external source i.e. taken confirmation from debtors for outstanding dues and period from which payment is pending.
Auditors should check sales invoices, credit notes, records of bill receivables to reconcile balance available in the financial statement.
Auditors also take management representation letter in case of overdue receivable balances (Filce, et al. 2019).
Account balance confirmation letter received from debtors at the year ended. Credit period allowed to debtors.
Credit sale invoices
A-List of outstanding debtors at the year ended.
Management Balance confirmation letter
Existence: Inventory should be matched with the inventory register of the organization. Proper physical verification is necessary in case of inventories. In the case of a pharmaceutical company, inventories should be reviewed on a timely basis and disposed-off expired medicines.
Valuation of inventories is important whether it is valued on market price or cost of construction. Which method is applied for the valuation of inventories as per nature?
the amount shown in the financial statement should be reconciled with the inventory register maintained by the organization.
Analysis of the valuation method used for the valuation of inventory.
Treatment of Slow-moving, non-moving and expire inventories done by the organization. 
Review of purchases invoice with inward supply register.
Reconcile purchase register and inwards supply register.
Review of the purchase invoice to check the legal right of the organization of stock available.
Copy of inventory register
Copy of inward and outward supply register
inquiry from the accountant about slow-moving, non-moving, expired inventory
Purchase invoices
Management confirmation letter 
Property, Plant, and Equipment
Assets should be physically available in the organization against which value reflected in the financial statement.
Right & Obligations: The organization has legal rights on assets that are shown in the balance sheet. The organization has the right to sell or dispose-off assets at any time (Knechel, & Salterio, 2016).

Valuation: A proper valuation method should be applied that reflects a true and accurate value of assets.
The auditor must visit the organization to verify whether assets are physically available in the organization. To check whether they are in working condition or not.
The valuation method used by Oceania Capital Partners for valuing its assets with the help of a valuation expert report.
Depreciation method applied to assets during the life of assets that reflect the true and accurate value of assets.
The auditor must check purchase agreements of assets to check the legal right of the organization.
If any property was taken on lease, then check lease agreement, time-period of the lease, treatment of expenses incurred in said case (Sardasht, & Rashedi, 2018).

Copy of asset purchase contract
Copy of lease agreement
List of assets duly signed by management that reflect assets available with the organization are physically check
Report on Valuation of assets by a valuation expert.
A copy of the report of the fixed assets audit is conducted in the organization.
Intangible assets
Valuation: The valuation of intangible assets should be done correctly that reflect the true value of assets. It should be depreciated and amortized as per rules and regulations over the life of assets. 
Existence: Intangible assets should be available with the Oceania Capital Partnersas shown in the financial statement.
Auditors should take external advice in the form of external valuation expert to revalue of self- generate intangible assets by Oceania Capital Partners.
The auditor should check purchase agreement or contract in case of the intangible assets that are purchased from outside.
The auditors should check whether accurate rates applied for depreciation and calculation of depreciation. 
A purchase agreement for the acquisition of Intangible assets
Valuation report of a valuation expert
List of the rate of depreciation that applied on intangible assets
Calculation of depreciation and carried forward value of assets from the previous year
Details of purchase and sell of any asset

Trade and other payables
Rights & Obligations: The amount is shown in the financial statement shown accurate obligation of the organization. The creditors have legal rights against the organization.
Existence: All creditors and payables included in the financial statement, the balance of them shown actual figures that are dues at that time.
The auditor should take external confirmation in the form of the confirmation letter received from creditors.
The time period in which it is liable to pay.
The auditor should check the purchase invoice of credit purchases to reconcile with balances of creditors and check the accuracy of major creditors.
Creditors confirmation letter directly received from the creditors
Major credit purchase bills 
List of creditors with balances
Management confirmation letter
Interest-bearing liabilities
Valuation: The amount shown in the financial statement should reflect the accurate value of the amount due.
Rights & Obligations: The organization must repay the loan and interest on loan amount within due date as per contract.
The auditors should check the loan agreement and contract made at the time of the loan taken.
The auditors should check that amount reflects in the financial statement is true and accurate by confirming the
The auditor should check the calculation of interest as per the applicable rate of interest on liabilities.
Copy of contract and loan documents
Calculation of interest on liabilities
List of loan liabilities taken along with interest rate applicable.
Calculation of total interest liability
Management confirmation letter
Minority Interest
Valuation: The amount shown in the financial statement should be accurate and true as per payroll and as per rule and regulation.
Rights & Obligations: The organization mu pay retirement benefit liabilities that are shown in the financial statement (Shafiee Sardasht, & Rashedi, 2018).
The auditors should check that retirement benefits shown in the financial statement are true and accurate as per contract made with employees and retirement benefits mentioned by the organization.
The calculation sheet of retirement benefits should match with the amount shown in the financial statement.
the Contract made with employees
List of employees retired during the period
List of working employees in the organization
Detail of retirement benefits provided by the organization
Deferred Tax liability

Valuation: The valuation of Deferred Tax liability should be calculated as per rule and guidelines issued by the government.
Completeness: Deferred Tax liability should involve all areas that affect tax treatment and deferred tax benefits next year. 
The auditor should check the tax implication of various income and expenditure on the tax treatment of the organization.
Valuation and calculation of deferred tax benefits and treatment shown in the financial statement.
Auditors should check mathematical accuracy of calculation as per rules and regulations.
Check various income and expenses shown in profit & loss statements that have taxation effects.
Calculation of deferred tax benefits

Audit Sampling:

 As per ASA 530, audit sampling means the application of audit procedures to less than 100% of items within a population of the audit procedure. Sampling is done on the basis that each sample is selected on a reasonable basis and represents the entire population. 

In the case of Oceania Capital Partners, this ASA is important under audit procedure as this organization has inherent limitations for audit function. The auditors have to perform the audit within limited time and with limited cost, an auditor can't do an audit of each account balance of financial statement. Therefore, auditors select samples that represent the overall population to provide overall opinion and provide reasonable assurance on the financial statement (Mock, Srivastava, & Wright, 2017).

In the case of Oceania Capital Partners, materiality is followed to choose samples that represent the overall financial statement of the organization. A proper audit program is designed by using both materiality and sampling. Samples are selected in many forms, but sampling is beneficial if it is done on a systematic and scientific basis (Demartini, & Trucco, 2017).

Scientific Sampling refers to the selection of samples on certain criteria, not a non-reasonable selection from the financial statement. In the above case, sampling is done based on a materiality level that works as a scientific sampling. Sampling depends on the risk that the auditor recognizes at the time of audit commences. During the audit procedure, if the auditor feels that materiality is set at a very high level or criterion used for sample not cover the entire risk, then the auditor can change the material level or increase sample size according to the observation found (Oceania Capital Partners ,2020).


From the above-mentioned details, it is clear that to provide a most appropriate audit opinion, an audit must be conducted in a highly professional manner. The independence of auditors is the most important requirement for performing any audit procedure properly. Audit documentation is also part of audit means to keep a proper record of all audit documents based on which audit is conducted. An audit is not a complete guarantee of the accuracy of financial statement as an audit is done on the sample basis and there is always, a certain risk which cannot mitigate or removed during audit procedure. The Audit of the financial statement of Oceania Capital Partners provides a provision of reasonable assurance. The report concludes that the Oceania Capital Partners is having audit risk due to high inherent risk and control risk. However, as per the financial statement performance of the Company is good, effective, and constant in the market regularly.

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