Work for us

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.

What we offer

If you're working for us in a permanent role, we offer you:

  • five weeks' annual leave;
  • seasonal influenza immunisations;
  • two-yearly eye-tests;  
  • discounted health insurance;
  • life and total permanent disability insurance (at the Auditor-General's discretion);
  • study assistance;
  • access to a career board, to help develop you in your current role or toward the next one;
  • flexible working arrangements;
  • parental leave (including your full annual leave entitlement);
  • access to a counselling and support service (the Employee Assistance Programme);
  • workplace support networks (including a Rainbow Network); and
  • a contribution to the costs of eyewear.

For more information, please contact Sandy Hoggarth (04 917 1500 or

Principal Performance Auditor / Senior Performance Auditors

A great job you never knew existed

Jobs with unmatched variety and intellectual stimulation are rare. Here’s your chance to join a respected and influential organisation focused on improving the performance of, and the public’s trust in, the public sector. If you’re passionate about making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, performance auditing could be a new career path for you.

Performance audits are not financial in nature, instead they focus on getting to the heart of issues that are important to New Zealanders. During the next few years, we'll be looking at a range of issues such as housing, education, infrastructure and other investments, how effectively the public sector is contributing to improved outcomes for Māori, and the response to, and recovery from, Covid-19. You can learn more about what is in our work programme by reading our Annual plan 2021/22.

We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Performance Auditor and vacancies for Senior Performance Auditors. In these roles, you’ll be leading performance audits on the Auditor-General’s behalf or assisting others in the team as required. From day to day, you could be carrying out fieldwork in different parts of the country, meeting with people from a wide range of organisations (from frontline public servants to politicians), or briefing select committees. It’s a challenging and varied role that gives you a unique view of the public sector.

If this sounds like the job for you, we’d love to hear from you, especially if you have experience in:

  • leading large research or evaluation projects in the public sector;
  • leading the development of public policy;
  • contributing to significant government reviews or inquiries; or
  • working with iwi and Māori.

Along with listing the role(s) you are interested in, please briefly describe in your cover letter:

  • how you’ve applied your analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • significant reports that you’ve written or contributed to; and
  • significant pieces of work that you’ve led, managed, and delivered.

If you’re applying for the role of Principal Performance Auditor, please also tell us about:

  • how you’ve influenced and added value to a topic or issue;
  • how you’ve supported the growth and development of colleagues; and
  • how you’ve motivated and inspired others towards change that aligns with an organisation’s strategy.

The Office is committed to a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can also hear directly from our Performance Auditors about what they do and the work they are involved in.

For more information about these roles, please contact Sarah Kirkland on 04 917 1500 or

You must apply online through (you'll find the application form and position description there, too). In your cover letter, please indicate your preference for a permanent role or secondment.

Applications close Monday 1 November 2021.

Executive Co-ordinator

The opportunity
Great opportunity to bring your excellent administration and executive support skills to work alongside the Assistant Auditor-General, Audit Quality and their team.

To facilitate the smooth running of the team, you will provide accurate and proactive diary management, co-ordinate and support governance and working groups, monitor workflows, and track the delivery of key programmes.

To be successful in the role, you should have:

  • experience providing high-level administrative support for people in managerial positions;
  • advanced desktop skills, including the Microsoft Office suite;
  • experience working in an environment that requires a high level of discretion, sensitivity, and interpersonal interaction; and
  • effective oral and written communication skills.

About us
Did you know that New Zealand constantly ranks near the top of world rankings for integrity? The work of the Office of the Auditor-General | Te Mana Arotake helps to make this happen. We are focused on significantly enhancing our influence and impact on the public sector to deliver better results for Aotearoa New Zealand. We are dedicated to making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, by helping to continuously improve the public’s trust in public services and the value those services deliver. You can take a moment to learn more about how our work makes a difference on our website.

About working here
As an organisation, people matter to us, our independence is critical, we act with integrity and courage, and we’re here to make a difference.

Working here means we can offer you:

  • Learning and development opportunities.
  • Flexible working arrangements (hours/days).
  • Health and well-being benefits.

We have a diverse and inclusive team that helps us to understand the issues facing the public sector and how these affect the lives of New Zealanders. We strongly welcome applicants from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

For more information, please contact Sandy Hoggarth on 04 917 1500 or

You must apply online through (you'll find the application form and position description there, too).

Applications close Tuesday 26 October 2021.

Notes for applicants

  1. We usually ask candidates to apply through the website. We'll use the information you provide through that site to help us consider your suitability for the position you've applied for. (If your application is successful, we'll put this information on your personnel file. You can ask to see the information in that file, and to seek any correction you think necessary to ensure accuracy.)
  2. If the advertised position doesn't include a link to the website, please email your curriculum vitae and a covering letter to the Advisor, Talent and Recruitment.
  3. Many positions in Audit New Zealand and the Office of the Auditor-General require you to have a satisfactory security clearance. Therefore, any offer of employment might be conditional on a satisfactory security clearance.
  4. If we proceed with your application, we'll ask for the details we need for your security clearance and details of any criminal convictions.
  5. Please note that if you've given incorrect or misleading information, or have left out any important information or fail to obtain a security clearance, you may be disqualified from appointment. If you've already been appointed, your employment may be immediately terminated.
  6. If your application is successful, we'll need to see:
    • certificates of your educational qualifications;
    • if applicable, evidence of your New Zealand Citizenship, residency, or work permit.
  7. All employees of the Controller and Auditor-General must be independent of the organisations we audit. Accordingly, as an employee you will be required to complete an independence declaration. This declaration includes the disclosure of a financial interest of you (or a family member) in an audited organisation, or a personal relationship with a member of that organisation’s executive or staff.
  8. If your disclosure reveals an existing or potential problem you won't be assigned to any project where your independence as an employee could be compromised, or where a conflict of interest situation might arise. At the extreme end of the spectrum, you might be asked to divest yourself of any investments in an organisation under audit.

What we stand for: People matter | Our independence is critical | We act with integrity and courage | We’re here to make a difference

Page last updated: 18 October 2021