Wales Audit Office
The Wales Audit Office is an independent public body which was established by the National Assembly for Wales on 1 April 2005. It has overall responsibility for auditing on behalf of the Auditor General for Wales, across all sectors of government in Wales, except those reserved to the UK government.
On 1 July 1999, The National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 came into effect, this transferred all powers from the Secretary of State for Wales to the National Assembly for Wales. Wales did not have its own auditing body, as all public auditing was carried out by the National Audit Office and the Audit Commission. It was not until 1 April 2005 that the Wales Audit Office was created after the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004 came into effect. The Wales Audit Office (WAO) replaced the Audit Commission and the National Audit Office Wales. All staff were transferred to the Auditor General for Wales as head of the WAO. The WAO employs around 260 people in the Cardiff headquarters and throughout Wales.
The Wales Audit Office was awarded the 2009 Cliff Nicholson prize by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
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