Audit and compliance guides

Guidance is provided to ensure consistency and to increase the transparency of audit processes, frequency and timing.

 Accredited Certificate Provider Compliance Guide

The Accredited Certificate Provider Compliance Guide provides guidance to accredited certificate providers (ACPs) on how to manage their accreditation under the ESS, and on the systems and processes we use to monitor and enforce the compliance of ACPs. The Accredited Certificate Provider Compliance Guide:

  • outlines the various mechanisms we use to monitor and prevent non-compliance, and how we respond to non compliance
  • provides information about changes that ACPs may request, and
  • sets out how ACPs may apply for an amendment to their conditions of accreditation, the information that ACPs must provide with an application and the information that we will consider in our assessment.

The Accredited Certificate Provider Application Guide provides information about how to apply for accreditation and the general obligations of ACPs under the ESS.

Accredited Certificate Provider Compliance Guide843.89KB PDF FileV3.0 December 2017
A general guide on how IPART monitors and manages compliance in the Energy Savings Scheme.

The Accredited Certificate Provider Compliance Guide replaces the previous document, the Compliance and Performance Monitoring Strategy Refer to the compliance framework review page for more information on the changes. 

Audit Guideline

The ESS Audit Guideline contains information about procedures for auditors to use when conducting audits under the ESS.

More information about audits of Accredited Certificate Providers is available in the ESS Audit Scope – ESC creation audits.  

More information about audits of Liable Entities can be found on the Annual statements and audits page.

ESS Audit Guideline641.82KB PDF FileGuidance for Auditors outlining how the Audit Panel works and the Scheme Administrator’s expectations for the conduct and reporting of audits.

The ESS Audit Guideline was published on 20 November 2015 and replaces the Interim Audit Guideline.  Key differences between the documents include:

  • inclusion of a detailed glossary of terms
  • providing a template for data to be provided in audit reports
  • clarifying audit conclusions
  • providing clearer information about the audit process
  • removing duplication and out dated text, and
  • including additional information about materiality, error reporting and sampling.