Impact of NSW Local Council Investment Exposures on Audit Opinions

Jones, Greg and Bowrey, Graham (2010) Impact of NSW Local Council Investment Exposures on Audit Opinions. e-Journal of Social & Behavioural Research in Business, 1 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1838-8485


Abstract

The decline in the sub-prime market in the United States of America in 2007 - 2008 and the corresponding decline in the market values of other financial investments has had a significant financial impact on many of the individuals and organisations who participated in aggressively promoted investment schemes. The New South Wales (NSW) Local Government Councils was one such group of organisations impacted by the decline in value of these types of investments. At the end of the 2006-2007 financial year local councils in New South Wales had invested $590 million dollars in structured financial products such as collateralised debt obligations (CDO). By the end of January 2008, six months later, the market value of these investments dropped $200 million (34%) to $390 million. In response to the decreasing value of the local council investments the NSW State Government commissioned a review of the financial exposures of NSW local councils in structured financial products. The review found that while acting within the parameters of the Local Government Act (1993), local councils had pursued high return high risk investment strategies. This paper reviews and evaluates financial investment exposures of the local councils in NSW and the resulting mix (unqualified/qualified) independent audit opinions issued on their general purpose financial reports. This paper will contribute to the literature on the wide spread impact of the 2008 global financial crisis as well as the quality of Local Government council financial report audits.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
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Date Deposited: 13 May 2021 01:04
Last Modified: 13 May 2021 01:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: NSW Local Government; Qualified audit opinions; Local Government investments
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150103 Financial Accounting
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150102 Auditing and Accountability
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440714 Urban policy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2302 Government and politics > 230299 Government and politics not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41960

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