About Us

What does Audit St Helena do?

Audit St Helena is the body that works on your behalf to carry out financial and performance audits. We support the Chief Auditor whose responsibilities are set out in the Constitution and the Public Finance Ordinance:

  • To promote public accountability in the public administration of St Helena
  • To act as adviser to the Public Accounts Committee
  • To undertake any function conferred on the Chief Auditor by or under any Ordinance
  • To do anything incidental or conducive to any of the Chief Auditor’s functions.

The legal stuff:

Constitution (Section 110)

The Chief Auditor’s responsibilities are:

  • Promote public accountability
  • Adviser to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)
  • Undertake an audit of the Government’s accounts
  • Submit an opinion on the audit and an annual management letter
  • Conduct performance audits

Constitution, Section 111 (1)

  • On behalf of the Legislative Council undertake an audit of the Government’s accounts
  • Submit for the consideration of the Legislative Council an opinion on the audit
  • Submit for the consideration of the Legislative Council an annual management letter
  • Conduct performance audits on behalf of the Legislative Council to determine whether resources have been used with proper regard to economy, efficiency and effectiveness.

We keep your information private and safe. Whenever we process personal data in the course of our work, we must comply with data protection good practice.We will only collect the data we really need for the purpose of our work. We will avoid collecting excessive data and will not record irrelevant or unnecessary personal data.

Staff of the Saint Helena Audit Service are employed under the same administrative rules and conditions of service as apply to all public offices of SHG, but are considered separate from St Helena Government.

The Chief Auditor’s line manager is the Governor. The Governor is responsible for the annual performance appraisal of the Chief Auditor. However, the Constitution states that the Chief Auditor is independent. Neither the Governor, Executive Council, Legislative Council or any other person may direct or control the chief auditor or staff carrying out work on their behalf.

The Chief Auditor’s work is reported to the Legislative Council through the Public Accounts Committee. The Public Accounts Committee is a select committee of the Legislative Council.

Audit St Helena Audit performs different types of audits. We undertake the financial audit of public sector accounts and conduct performance audits to determine whether resources have been used with regard to economy, efficiency and effectiveness.

See HERE for more information about our legal powers.

See HERE for presentation about what we do