Computer systems auditors are involved in the design and monitoring of control systems, which ensure the accuracy and security of data. They also review an organisation's computing environment and the use of their computer facilities. Computer systems auditors provide managers with expert opinions about the reliability of results and operations of computer systems. It is essential that computer systems auditors understand both the accounting and information technology implications of computer systems.
To become a computer systems auditor you usually have to complete a degree in information technology, accounting, commerce, information systems or business information systems. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Most institutions in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
Computer systems auditors may perform the following tasks:
Computer systems auditors work in a range of occupational environments. They can work in IT-specific industries, which can be large or small, as well as in industries requiring their expertise. They may work as part of a team, individually or on a freelance basis. With experience and sufficient start-up money, there are opportunities for self-employment.