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

Australia – International Meeting of Performance Audit Critical Thinkers (IMPACT) Conference

International Meeting of Performance Audit Critical Thinkers

In March we were invited to speak at the IMPACT Conference, which is Australia’s largest annual performance audit conference. Fraser McKinlay, Director of Performance Audit and Best Value (top left), spoke to delegates about the “Future of Performance Audit”. The conference was an important opportunity to network with colleagues from audit institutions with a similar approach to Audit Scotland and share insights on a range of topics including citizen-centred auditing and cybersecurity.

In April, Fraser ran a workshop for staff at Audit Scotland to share his experience and discuss areas of good practice that we want to explore further, with a view to improving our own approach to audit work.


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Auditors Alliance

Delegates at Auditors Alliance

In January we joined the OECD Auditors Alliance, a new forum designed to bring together auditors from across the world to share best practice and support improved financial and performance auditing. Alongside 300 auditors from 53 countries, Antony Clark and Gillian Woolman attended its inaugural meeting in March.

The Alliance has the potential to be an important source of good practice for Audit Scotland as well as a forum where we can share our innovations and audits with peers from across the globe.


Pakistan – Parliament of Pakistan and their Provincial Assemblies

Delegates from Pakistan

In January, we had the opportunity to talk about all things scrutiny when we met with a delegation from the Parliament of Pakistan and their Provincial Assemblies at the Scottish Parliament. Asif Haseeb (second left) and Gordon Smail (fourth left) gave delegates an insight into Audit Scotland’s roles and responsibilities and how we report to the Scottish Parliament.

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Some of our previous activity

China - Visit by the Guangzhou Audit Bureau

Visit by Guangzhou Audit Bureau

In October, we got the opportunity to talk about all things environmental when a delegation from the Guangzhou Audit Bureau paid a visit to our Edinburgh office. Colleagues from the Performance Audit and Best Value Team met with the delegation to discuss our corporate approach to climate change and share information about proposed audit work in this important area.

Cayman Islands – Visit by the Office of the Auditor General

Visit by the Office of the Auditor General, Cayman Islands

In September, colleagues from across Audit Scotland, got the opportunity to meet with Angela Cullen, Director of Performance Audit from the office of the Auditor General in the Cayman Islands. Angela is currently on secondment from Audit Scotland to the Cayman Islands. Angela shared her experiences so far, which have included developing a performance audit work programme. The visit helped to strengthen and build links between our audit offices and we look forward to further exchanges of information.

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, 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.


"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, Peter Worsdale.


Find out more about our international work