Improving trust,
promoting value

We give Parliament and New Zealanders
an independent view about public sector
performance and accountability

Our recent work

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Public accountability is about public organisations demonstrating their competence, reliability, and honesty in their use of public money and other public resources. This paper explores how well New Zealand's public accountability system is working in practice.

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Public organisations are responsible for reporting their performance to Parliament and the public in a way that meaningfully reflects their organisation's aspirations and achievements. This is an important aspect of New Zealand's public accountability system.

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This is an exciting time to join the Office of the Auditor-General. We're here to make a difference, and we have opportunities for you to further your career in an organisation uniquely placed to influence improvements throughout the public sector...

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Ever wondered what the Auditor-General does? (Here's the video transcript.)

What does an auditor do?

An auditor checks that information organisations report annually is reliable, and lets us know if it isn’t. (Here’s the video transcript.)

What is the Controller function?

The Controller checks that money is spent lawfully, and can "turn off the money tap" if it isn't. (Here's the video transcript.)

What we're working on

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Auditors are now working on the audits of Crown entities (such as district health boards) and councils.

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Following up on our wage subsidy report

As part of our Covid-19 focus, we're looking at the Ministry of Social Development's progress with the recommendations we made in our report on the wage subsidy scheme.

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Following up on our vaccine roll-out report

As part of our Covid-19 focus, we're looking at the Ministry of Health's progress with the recommendations we made in our report on the vaccine roll-out.

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Read about our priorities

Improving outcomes

In the next three years we’ll focus on how well the public sector is improving the lives of New Zealanders, in housing, health, education, outcomes for Māori, and reducing family violence.

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Public accountability

An effective accountability system is critical to New Zealanders’ trust and confidence in the public sector and in government.

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Keeping New Zealanders informed

We’re keen to see improvements in how well public organisations inform communities about matters of importance.

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Sharing what "good" looks like

We’re in a unique position to identify and share examples of good practice.

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Response to Covid-19

Responding to Covid-19 has led to once-in-a-generation spending, which New Zealanders will be paying off for generations to come.

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Our blog posts

Our staff are regularly blogging about the interesting and thought-provoking aspects of their work... 

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Data (including fraud notifications and school audit results)

We're working to make some of our data available online. We welcome your feedback. 

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Resources for students and teachers 

We've turned some of our reports into teaching resources, mainly for social studies. Check them out!

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