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Michael Parkinson

Director, KPMG, Australia
Michael ParkinsonMichael Parkinson

Michael Parkinson, CIA, CISA, is an internal auditor of more than 20 years’ experience. While working as a government employee he was the chief audit executive of three different government agencies. He is currently a director in the government services practice of KPMG Canberra. Parkinson joined the board of the Institute of Internal Auditors Australia (IIA-Australia) in 1996, was elected vice-president in 1998, and became national president in 1999, serving until 2001. He has served as the International Secretary of IIA Inc since May 2009. He is a respected educator and author in internal auditing. He currently serves on the Standards Australia OB-007 Risk Management Committee.

Articles by this Author

  • Internal Audit Planning: How Can We Do It Better?
    by Michael Parkinson
    Internal audit is an information service. Internal auditors do not—indeed, must not—make decisions for the managers of organizations. They are a highly skilled and expensive resource that exists to serve the best interest of the organization and yet, on the surface, they do not directly contribute to organizational performance. They examine processes and produce reports; they attempt to capture good practice and identify poor; and they design...
  • The Assurance versus Consulting Debate: How Far Should Internal Audit Go?
    by Michael Parkinson
    Internal auditors have described their discipline as an “assurance and consulting activity.” Such a definition immediately begs the question: what is the difference, and what should the balance be?Assurance has been variously defined. The dictionary definition, “a statement or indication that inspires confidence,” differs quite considerably from the statement to be found in Assurance Standards (quoted here from the Australian Assurance Standards...

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