Explain The Responsibilities And Responsibilities Of An Auditor

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QUESTION 1: Auditors’ Duties and Responsibilities The fundamental duty of an external financial auditor is to form and express an opinion on whether the reporting entity’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with the relevant financial reporting framework. In discharging this duty, the auditor must exercise “reasonable skill, care and caution” (Lopes, J. in Kingston Cotton Mill Co 1896) as reflected in current legal and professional requirements. Required: Identify and explain (in your own words) the key requirements that an auditor must follow in order to meet the “reasonable skill, care and caution” criteria in an audit of a Financial Market Conduct (FMC) reporting entity in New Zealand. Provide appropriate references. *** Exercise of “reasonable skill, care and caution” varies according to situations (Lopes, J. in Kingston Cotton Mill Co 1896). Nevertheless, to achieve such in performing an audit, its an auditors responsibility to comply with the requirements cited in ISA (NZ) 200, as follows (1) Ethical requirements…show more content…
As per ISA (NZ) 200-A17, this ethical requirement includes the auditors integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality, & professional behaviour. Integrity is an ethical attitude which includes the auditor’s honesty, accuracy, and fair practice. Objectivity is a mental attitude while carrying out the audit wherein the auditor is fair and just with all his/her work. Professional competence is the knowledge and skill of the auditor, gained through education, training and experience, while due care is a degree of care of an auditor on certain situations wherein an he/she must act diligently. Confidentiality is the commitment of the auditor not to disclose any information regarding his/her client, unless required by law. Professional behaviour means the auditor must act in accordance to the law and set of standard as a manifestation of respect to the

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