Veterinary Practice Act 2005

Accounts and audits.


29.—(1) The Registrar shall submit to the Council estimates of the income and of the expenditure of the Council in such form, in respect of such periods and at such times, as may be required by the Council and shall furnish to the Council any information which the Council may require in relation to such estimates, including information on proposals and plans relating to the performance by the Council of its functions in the future, generally or during a specified period.

(2) The Registrar, under the direction of the Council, shall cause to be kept, on a continuous basis and in a legible or a machine readable form or in both forms, all proper books and records of account of all income and expenditure of the Council, and of the sources of such income and the subject matter of such expenditure, and of the property, assets and liabilities of the Council and shall keep and shall account to the Council for all such special accounts as the Council may from time to time direct to be kept.

(3)  (a) Accounts kept in accordance with subsection (2) shall be audited at least once in each year by an auditor appointed for that purpose by the Council and the auditor's fees and the expenses generally of the audit shall be paid by the Council as soon as possible after the audit.

(b) As soon as possible in each year following the completion by the auditor of the report on the audit and the furnishing of the auditor's certificate to the Council, the Council shall cause them to be printed and published to the public at such reasonable price (if any) as it may determine.

(4)  (a) The Council, the Registrar and any relevant member of the staff of the Council shall, whenever so requested by the Minister, permit any person appointed by the Minister to examine the books and records of account and the auditor's certificate and report on the audit in respect of any financial year of the Council or other period and shall facilitate the examination, and the Council shall pay the fee for it.

(b) In paragraph (a) “any relevant member of the staff of the Council” means any member of the staff of the Council to whom there has been assigned duties that relate to the books, or other records of account of the Council.

(5) The accounts of the Council for each financial year shall be prepared by the Registrar, in such form as may be specified by the Council and shall be approved by the Council as soon as practicable but not later than 3 months after the end of the financial year to which they relate.