The Self-Assurance Return covers the main areas of financial administration. Each section includes a summary of key processes and controls, reminders of changes in year and highlights audit recommendations. Departments are then prompted to answer questions designed to drive attention to the key risk areas within the processes.
The Self-Assurance exercise runs from August to September each year as part of the year-end activity. Departments should reflect on the previous year, and it is an opportunity to commit to implementing actions in the financial year just starting. The deadline for submission is usually the last working day in September.
The senior administrator responsible for financial administration (usually the head of administration) is asked to coordinate completion of the return for their department, and can involve relevant members of the team in completing the questionnaire. Once the coordinator is content with the return, it is submitted for review and approval by the head of unit.
Self-Assurance 2021 as well as previous years' returns will be available via SharePoint. Coordinators will be notified when the return opens. Please note, to maintain security you will only be able to access your department’s return if you are named on it.
If you need assistance accessing the returns please contact Financial Assurance .