Going global

Audit Scotland’s work attracts interest from across the world. Whether it’s financial devolution, auditing Local Government, or data visualisation, we’re pleased to share our knowledge and expertise with delegates from overseas.

As an organisation that strives to be world class and improve the use of public money, we recognise that to achieve this, we need to learn what works well elsewhere and challenge ourselves in the work we do. All our international work has an important contribution to make to support this vision.

Recent activity

Japan - Visit by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and Deloitte

Japanese visitors

A delegation from CIPFA and Deloitte in Japan visited us in July, arranged through Sophie Flemig (far right with visitors), Accounts Commission member, who is also a Research Fellow and Assistant Director at the Centre for Service Excellence at the University of Edinburgh. Our visitors were keen to learn more about our performance audit work and specifically how we measure performance and outcomes through our audit work.

The delegates also heard from Aileen Campbell one of our auditors, who recently completed a secondment with the Glasgow Centre for Population Health to evaluate the social and health impacts of Sistema Scotland’s 'Big Noise' programme.


Indonesia - Visit by the Centre for State Financial Accountability Analysis

Indonesian visitors

In May, we got the opportunity to talk about all things scrutiny when a delegation from Indonesia’s Centre for Financial Analysis and Accountability paid a visit to our Edinburgh office. Antony Clark, Jillian Matthew and Sarah Pollock from the Performance Audit and Best Value Team gave an insight into how we report to the Scottish Parliament, and the impact our reports make.


Canadian Performance Audit Symposium

Thanks to video conferencing technology, we were able to appear at a Canadian National Performance Audit Symposium from the comfort of our own Edinburgh office. Jillian Matthew (above right) and Nichola Williams (left) from our Performance Audit and Best Value team demonstrated how we’re using Tableau software to bring the data from our reports to life.


Earlier this year

Board of Audit of Japan

Japanese visitors

In February, we welcomed two delegates from the Board of Audit of Japan. The discussion focussed on topics including financial and performance auditing and our forward work programme. The visit provided a great opportunity for us to strengthen the links between our two audit institutions and we look forward to further information exchanges in the future.

 Find out more about the Japanese Board of Audit

Palestine - Visit by the SAACB

Palestinian visitors

In February 2017, we welcomed two auditors from the Palestinian State Audit and Administrative and Control Bureau (SAACB). The auditors spent five days with us, learning more about our work and specifically our approach to auditing Local Government in Scotland.

 Find out more about SAACB


"Presenting to overseas delegates has improved my presentation skills as it really made me think about the best way to explain and share data and information."


Interested in a study visit to Audit Scotland?

"We are keen to share our expertise and knowledge with overseas public bodies and audit institutions who have an interest in our work. We also want to challenge our own way of working, share ideas and learn from other approaches to audit"


Think about what you’d like to learn about public audit in Scotland and what you can share with us, then get in touch with our International Liaison Manager, Sarah Pollock.


Find out more about our international work