ABOUT US


Our Vision

Making a difference in the lives of the people of Vanuatu, through strengthening the accountability, transparency, and integrity of government and public entities.

Our Mission

To provide independent, high quality audit service, employing the highest possible standards in financial management and reporting, promoting the proper conduct of public business, and advocating for beneficial change in the provision of public services.

Our Core Values

The core values uphold by our office include :

  • Independance
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Transparancy

Other core values;

  • Teamwork
  • Respect
  • Cooperative Spirit
  • Looking Outwards
  • Making a Difference
  • Open Communications
  • Valuing the Individuals

Governing Legislation

The Office of the Auditor-General in Vanuatu was established and governed by Article 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu and the Expenditure Review and Audit Act 1998 [cap.241] (Act 3/98) as amended in 2000 (36/2000).

New Office Structure

Background

  • The Office of the Auditor-General is also known as a Supreme Audit Institution (or SAI) in the international auditing community. A SAI is the term given to commonly describe each country’s Government Auditor.
  • The Vanuatu Office of the Auditor-General is part of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) which operates as an umbrella organization for the external government audit community.
  • INTOSAI provides an institutionalized framework for SAIs to promote the development and transfer of knowledge, improve government auditing worldwide and enhance professional capacity, standing and influence of its members within their respective countries.
  • The local chapter of the INTOSAI for the region is the Pacific Association for Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI).
  • International Standards for Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) are a collection of professional standards and best practice guidelines for public sector auditors, officially authorized and endorsed by INTOSAI.
  • ISSAIs state the basic prerequisites for the proper functioning and professional conduct of SAIs and the fundamental principles in auditing of public entities.
  • There are four levels of ISSAI standards:
    • Level 1: Founding Principles
      • Lima Declaration of Guidelines on Auditing Precepts
        • The chief aim of the Lima Declaration is to call for independent government auditing.
        • A SAI which cannot live up to this demand does not come up to standard.
        • It is not enough for the SAI to achieve independence; this independence is also required to be anchored in legislation.
      • Level 2: Prerequisites for the functioning of SAIs
        • Mexico Declaration on the SAI independence
        • INTOSAI guidelines and good practices related to SAI independence
        • Values and benefits of SAIs – making a difference to the life of citizens
        • Principles of transparency and accountability
        • Principles of transparency – Good Practices
        • Code of Ethics
        • Quality Control for SAIs
      • Level 3: Fundamental auditing principles
        • This level sets out the fundament auditing principles for public sector auditing, financial auditing, performance auditing and compliance auditing
      • Level 4: Auditing guidelines
        • Detailed auditing guidelines for public sector auditing, financial auditing, performance auditing, compliance auditing and other specific subjects.

Proposed Changes to Audit Legislation

  • The current Expenditure Review and Audit Act is outdated and needs replacing. Changes are required to address the independence requirements of the Office of the Auditor-General, more specifically:
    • term of the Auditor-General;
    • appointment and removal of the Auditor-General;
    • appointment of the technical staff of the Office and;
    • the separation of the audit function from the Public Accounts Committee.
  • There is currently two Bills in front of Parliament to be passed, being The National Audit Office Bill and the Public Accounts Committee Bill. These Bills have been identified by the newly elected Parliament to be passed as part of their ‘100 day plan’.
  • In addition, to these Bills, changes to the Constitution is required to ratify the passing of these two Bills in order to become effective.
  • The change in legislation will strengthen the role of the Auditor-General in the public sector.

TeamMate

  • It has been estimated that auditors can typically spend in excess of 40% of their time documenting and reviewing work papers and preparing audit reports.  Electronic working systems often provide a single electronic audit file for each audit that can facilitate:
    • Increased audit efficiency through reduced effort, time and cost;
    • Improved audit effectiveness through greater compliance and alignment to ISSAIs
    • More effective levels of quality assurance through detailed review of working papers
    • Automatic collation and reporting of information in the audit file through the use of automatic report generation tools.
    • Improved referencing and indexing, automatic linking of audit procedures to detailed write-ups and audit evidence and audit reports
    • Improved audit document management and storage processes
    • Security of access to audit information – only those authorised to access a specific audit file have access
  • The Vanuatu Office of the Auditor-General has successfully been able to implement the use of TeamMate for all of their audits.
  • TeamMate is also being utilized for its timesheet capability to enable auditors to record time spent on each audit for future planning and reporting purposes.
  • In July 2016, the Office have upgraded the current version of TeamMate to 11.0 and also purchase TeamMate Analytics to further enhance the auditor’s ability to focus audit testing in high risk areas.

Current Staff Of The Office

The staff of the office of the Auditor-General are public servants which means they are recruited and appointed by the public service commission. There are currently 10 audit staff and 2 administration staff of the office.


Meet The Team


 

Name: Elsie Dick Willy
Position: Audit Manager – Compliance
Date Joined the Team: 1 August 1996
Phone : (678)23232
Email: edick@vanuatu.gov.vu

 

 

 


Shirley Lasekula ManarotoName: Shirley Manaroto
Position: Office Manager
Date Joined the Team: 15 July 1999
Phone : (678)23232
Email: smanaroto@vanuatu.gov.vu

 

 


Elsie Daniel

Name: Elsie Daniel
Position: Acting Audit Manager – Investigation
Date joined the Team: 10 December 2001
Phone:(678) 23232
Email: edaniel@vanuatu.gov.vu

 

 


Priscilla BongnebuName: Priscilla Bongnebu
Position: Auditor
Date Joined the Team: 24 June 2008
Phone : (678)23232
Email: pbongnebu@vanuatu.gov.vu

 


Tracy Tosso

Name: Tracy Tosso
Position: Auditor
Date joined the Team: 10 Feb 2014
Phone: (678) 23232
Email: ttosso@vanuatu.gov.vu

 

 


Name: Mercy Tamara
Position: Auditor
Date Joined the Team: 10 Feb 2014
Phone: (678) 23232
Email: mtamara@vanuatu.gov.vu

 

 


img_1120Name: Judith Iauma
Position:  Assistant Auditor
Date Joined the Team:11 October 2016
Phone: (678) 23232
Email: jiauma@vanuatu.gov.vu

 

 


img_1103Name: Marinette Charley
Position: Assistant Auditor
Date Joined the Team: 26 Sept 2016
Phone: (678) 23232
Email: charleym@vanuatu.gov.vu

 

 


img_1122Name: Nicolette Tari
Position: Assistant Auditor
Date Joined the Team:11 October 2016
Phone: (678) 23232
Email: ntari@vanuatu.gov.vu

 

 


img_1111Name: Jovi Abel
Position: Assistant Auditor
Date Joined the Team: 26 Sept 2016
Phone: (678) 23232
Email: jabel@vanuatu.gov.vu

 

 


img_1093Name: Daniella Remy
Position: Assistant Auditor
Date Joined the Team: 26 Sept 2016
Phone: (678) 23232
Email: dremy@vanuatu.gov.vu

 

 

 


Jullian BakeoName: Julian Bakeo
Position: Cleaner/Messenger
Date joined the Team: 2 June 2008
Phone: (678) 23232
Email: jbakeo@vanuatu.gov.vu