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Finding company and industry information for your audit

1. What do you need to do?

For this assignment you need to assess and analyse a company from an auditing perspective. This assignment help will assist you in finding relevant company and industry information needed to do this audit.

Remember to read all the information on your course website related to your assessment to understand exactly what you need to do.

2. Public versus private companies

Before you start searching on your company, establish:

1. Is the company publicly listed or private?
2. Is the company Australian or international?
3. What industry does the company belong to?
4. What information do you need about the company or industry? Annual reports, financial data, industry profiles, market research, or news media?

Public versus private companies:
Public companies are listed and traded on a stock exchange whereas private companies are not listed. Also, public companies must provide annual reports to the public which makes them easier to research.

Not sure if it is public or private? 

  • Do a web search for your company's website. They often provide information about themselves under a section such as 'About us'.
  • Search for the company on the Australian stock exchange, or another stock exchange, to see if it is listed?

3. Where to search?

The Library has a range of databases (search tools) that contain company and industry information.

 Company Information   Industry Information

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For more databases, see the Library's Company and Industry Guide.

4. How you find company information

  1. Type the company name into the quick search box (top right). Select search.

  2. The company page should automatically open.

    Datanalysis menu highlighting financial data and annual reports
  3. Use the menu on the left to navigate through different information such as Financial Data and Annual Reports.

Watch the below video to get a general overview of using DatAnalysis to find a range of financial information along with the ASX website:

  1. Type your company name into the search box. Select search.

  1. From the results list, select the company you are after
  2. Navigate using the menu on the left to see details including Financials and Growth and Ratios.

You can download the data from these reports in excel format by selecting the download option from the top of the page. 

5. How you find industry information

Passport GMID

  1. On the Home Page, Select Industries > and then select the best industry that matches your company e.g. Industries > services.

NOTE - you may also need to look under ecomomies depending on your chosen company.

  1. Within explore analysis, select your chosen industry, alanysis, product category and geography. Select GO.
  2. From the results select the company report avaliable.
  3. Using the menu at the top of the report, you can navigate through different information such as industry analysis, datagraphics and related industries.World
  1. Type your chosen industry into the search box. Select Search.

  1. Use the left menu to limit your search to Region: Australia and Content Type: Industry. (The results list will update automatically).
  2. Select the industry report that is relevant.

6. How to find news media

News media can be a great source for finding more information about a company or industry.  Use the Library's News Media Guide to find Australian and International news media. 

Start your search with the following news media databases:

NewsBank Newspapers: How to Search

NewsBank Newspapers allows you to search Australian and International newspapers.

  1. From the homepage select Australia (under Quick Links)
  2. Enter the company's name into the search box.  Select Search.

Tip: Use OR to find synonyms.

  1. Use the menu on the left hand side to narrow down your search by:
    • Date.
    • Source Name (publication).

7. More help

If you need more help searching for information or writing up your assignment use:

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