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  • External Audit

External Audit

Your trusted auditor ensuring financial controls, good governance and risk management

BDO is a high quality, high value supplier of external audit services to the public sector. We work with federal and emirate government agencies and cover sectors as wide as healthcare, education and financial services.  Our portfolio of public sector clients means our audit teams are busy providing assurance over reported financial results and positions, and over the arrangements in place to secure internal controls. 

Our Partners have extensive public sector experience. Our clients require a high quality and thorough audit to provide robust assurance to stakeholders, including the public sector bodies, regulators and members of the public. We work with officers and local regulators to understand the particular risk environment and challenges facing our clients, and maintain close contact throughout the year so that we can anticipate and promptly react to any areas of changed risk priority. Although we prioritise the ‘professional scepticism’ that our professional standards require, we work with our clients where possible to reduce the audit burden and focus on providing transparent findings and practical recommendations in our reports. 

In addition to our external audit services, we provide a number of related services, including:

  • Funding certification and assurance – we can undertake assurance reviews and provide agreed reports and opinions tailored to different funding programs; and
  • Technical advice and support on accounting issues – non-audit clients value our assistance with accounts preparation, our advice on technical accounting issues (e.g. consolidation of entities and valuation issues), secondments and interim support where necessary.

We are one of only a handful of audit firms approved to provide financial audit services with certain regulatory bodies which control quality over the appointing of auditors. Those regulators consistently provide excellent feedback on the quality of our work.

We understand that our clients expect us to adhere to the appropriate protocols, rules and guidelines when bidding for audit appointments and we are proud to note that after all of these criteria have been met, clients who choose to work with us like the quality of our people, our professional approach and the value we can add to their organisations.