Internal Audit

Internal Audit

Head and key contact

  • Maria Mu, Manager, Internal Audit, phone (07) 4781 5182, email:
  • Internal Audit shared email: (for all correspondence relating to grant auditing and audit recommendation follow-up).


Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organisation’s operations. It helps an organisation accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.

At James Cook University, the independent Internal Audit function within the Legal and Assurance Unit of the Office of the Chief of Staff, adds value to the University and its stakeholders, by providing objective and relevant assurance and advisory services.

The Manager, Internal Audit is the University’s nominated officer as the “Head of Internal Audit” under Section 78, Queensland Financial Accountability Act 2009, and the “Chief Audit Executive” under the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

The Manager, Internal Audit reports functionally to the Vice Chancellor and the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of the University Council, and administratively to the University General Counsel. The Manager Internal Audit has free and unrestricted access to the Chief of Staff, the Vice Chancellor and the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Internal Audit currently operates under a co-sourced service delivery model. Under the co-sourced model, Internal Audit activities are performed by a combination of in-house and contract resources. The Manager, Internal Audit is responsible for the performance of the co-sourcing partners in particular the quality of the work conducted by them.

Stakeholders are encouraged to direct any further queries or feedback regarding the Internal Audit function to the Manager, Internal Audit.

Key Resources

  1. Internal Audit Charter (PDF, 73 KB)
  2. Internal Audit Strategic Plan 201-2021 & Annual Work Schedule (PDF, 217 KB)
  3. Internal Audit Protocol (PDF, 125 KB)
  4. Grant Audit - Checklist/Procedures (DOCX, 38 KB)
  5. Audit Recommendation Follow Up - Process Overview (PDF, 53 KB)

More information

For and queries on grant auditing and audit recommendation follow-ups, email