Annual report 2016/17
Welcome and overview
We've taken significant steps to improve the efficiency and relevance of our audits and ensure quality is maintained.
Ian Leitch CBE
Chair of the Audit Scotland Board
Set against current changes and uncertainties, our role as public spending watchdog has never been more vital.
Audit quality and independence
Every five years we change the teams carrying out audits. For 2016/17, we appointed new teams and we also brought in a new Code of audit practice updating what we expect from auditors. Read more about audit quality in the annual report...
Tracking new financial powers
Scotland’s finances are now being transformed by the new financial powers for the Scottish Parliament, and this year we published a series of reports suggesting a more strategic approach to public financial management and reporting. Read more about financial powers in the annual report...
Other key aspects of our work
Engaging with others
It’s important that we are trusted by our stakeholders and build with them a programme of work that is relevant and has impact. This year we conducted a major revamp of our engagement activities. We held workshops with Young Scot and learned how we could better involve young people. We also: