Ashnil Prasad

Ashnil’s role involves identifying opportunities to improve public sector accountability, by undertaking and participating in performance audits, and producing reports to parliament. In his current role, Ashnil meets with clients when undertaking field work, utilises data analytics to obtain insights, and make findings and recommendations based on his professional judgement.

Brief career history

Before joining QAO in 2010, I worked for PwC as a financial auditor. I spent the next two years working in QAO’s Financial Audit Services, and then moved into Performance Audit Services. I was attracted to performance auditing mainly for the diverse range of work and challenges it offered. The performance audits that I have completed so far have definitely met my expectations—they have been challenging, engaging and, most of all, interesting. By working in both financial and performance audit, I have gained auditing experience across a range of entities including government departments, statutory bodies, trusts, local governments and government owned corporations.

What does your role entail on a day-to-day basis?

I work with my team to undertake performance audits on a range of government service deliveries such as education, health, and prison services. I engage with the audit clients, gather audit evidence and draft reports to parliament. Through my work, I am able to provide unique insights to the public sector about how they can improve their service delivery.

If you could work in any other role or department at QAO, what would it be and why?

I would be keen to work in the audit analytics team of QAO. I really enjoy working with data and building dashboards, and I believe data analytics is fundamentally transforming the way we conduct our audits. QAO’s audit analytics team is leading the way in analysing large and complex datasets to unlock great insights into public sector entities.

What do you enjoy most about working at QAO?

I really enjoy the diversity in my work. Each performance audit is different and this provides new challenges constantly. Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to work on audits of various public sector entities such as the Department of Education and Training, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Queensland Police Service. I believe the variety of my work and the different issues and challenges I deal with on a day-to-day basis makes my role really interesting.  

What has been the best experience so far?

One of the most satisfying audits I have worked on was of Queensland Health’s emergency departments. It involved assessing the performance of emergency departments against national targets. It was an amazing experience to see the behind-the-scenes work that emergency departments do in treating patients, and highlights of this audit included travelling across Queensland and engaging with various people from Queensland Health.