||Each audit report submitted by publisher members to the Bureau shall be
signed by the chief executive of the publisher member concerned or such
other officer as may be duly authorised by the publisher member for that
purpose. The publisher member shall be held responsible for the accuracy
of the report.
||Audit reports shall be lodged by publisher members with the Bureau not
more than thirty (30) days after the conclusion of the defined audit period to
which they relate.
||An audit report (or any part thereof) will not be circulated to members or
other interested parties if the Committee is of the opinion that the contents of
such report cannot be verified.
||No publisher member who is in arrears with any fees or levies or other
monies payable to the Bureau shall be entitled to lodge an audit report with
the Bureau nor shall his or her audit report be included in the Summary of
Audited Circulations nor shall it receive any other service provided to
members by the Bureau.
||If any publication sustains a 15% decrease in net paid sales over a
continuous period of three months the publisher member concerned must
immediately inform the Executive Officer in writing. The Executive Officer
shall immediately inform the members.
||If any free circulation community newspaper changes its circulation area
so that the number of copies circulated is decreased by more than 15% in
the case of newspapers up to 50,000 circulation and more than 10% in the
case of newspapers over 50,000 circulation, then the publisher member
concerned must immediately inform the Executive Officer in writing. The
Executive Officer shall immediately inform the members.
||Where returns have been estimated for an audit report, and actual returns
collected after the end of the audit period affect the reported return by more
than 10% of notified net circulation, then the publisher member must inform
the Executive Officer of the correct average net circulation figure forthwith,
and not later than 90 days after the end of the audit period. The Executive
Officer shall, at the end of the 90 day period, inform all members of this
||Publication on the ABC website of a publishers Externally Audited title is considered the ABC Certificate.
Such disclosure on the website confirms that the Bureau has received a signed statement from the publishers and auditor.
Publisher Statements are not required to be Externally Audited and whilst they show on the website they are NOT certified by the Bureau.