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 recruitment@oag.parliament.nz).

If you're interested in auditing roles, see auditnz.parliament.nz.

Inquiries Specialist

The Office of the Auditor-General | Te Mana Arotake (the Office) is focused on improving the performance of, and the public's trust in, the public sector. Our Office has a unique overview of the whole public sector – if you're passionate about making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, working for the Office could be a new career path for you.

We are looking for an Inquiries Specialist to be part of our Inquiries team. The team carries out inquiry work on behalf of the Auditor-General. Inquiry work takes an independent, in-depth look at concerns in the public sector and situations where something might have gone wrong or where money and resources might have been misused. The Auditor-General can carry out an inquiry on his own initiative or on request from a member of the public, a public sector employee, a member of Parliament, or another organisation. We do this work to understand what has happened and provide lessons for improvement. Examples might include concerns about financial impropriety, procurement, conflicts of interest, or governance and management.

As Inquiries Specialist, you'll be involved in:

  • carrying out inquiry work under the Public Audit Act 2001;
  • assessing whether inquiries are warranted and making recommendations;
  • gathering information and analysing evidence;
  • preparing reports and other outputs;
  • meeting and discussing issues with staff of public organisations (at all levels, including senior leadership); and
  • dealing with wide range of issues, entities, and people.

Our inquiries work can often be about complex, high-profile matters, and examples of our work can be seen on our website.

A tertiary qualification in law, accounting, or other relevant discipline and some post-qualification experience, preferably in the public sector (including central and local government), is essential for this position.

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.

We offer our staff:

  • learning and development opportunities;
  • supportive flexible working; and
  • health and well-being benefits.

We seek to 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. 

You must be able to gain and maintain a Confidential national security clearance. Ordinarily, this means that you must be a New Zealand citizen, be a permanent resident, or hold a current residency class visa and intend to become a citizen when eligible. You must have a five-year checkable background in New Zealand, the UK, the USA, Canada, or Australia. Use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a security clearance. (Please note that this tool is not part of the formal security clearance process.)

For more information, please contact Kim Humlicek at recruitment@oag.parliament.nz.

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

Applications close Sunday 23 April 2023.

Principal Solicitor

Are you driven to provide high-quality legal advice? Are you interested in the performance of the public sector? Are you keen to share your expert legal skills, knowledge, and experience? If so, then this could be the next step in your career.

The Office of the Auditor-General is looking for a Principal Solicitor for its small, in-house legal team.

The legal team supports the Auditor-General in his role providing independent assurance and reporting about public sector activities as an officer of Parliament under the Public Audit Act 2001.

The Auditor-General's mandate covers over 3000 organisations and the entire public sector, so the work is varied and interesting.

As Principal Solicitor in the team, you'll be the Office's technical legal expert. The role involves:

providing in-house legal services to the Office of the Auditor-General, Audit New Zealand, and other auditors working on behalf of the Auditor-General;

  • administering the provisions of the Local Authorities (Members' Interests) Act 1968; and
  • participating in and providing advice on all other operational and corporate work (including procurement); and
  • supervising and mentoring other members of the Legal team, ensuring all legal advice provided by them is accurate, consistent, and of high quality.

To be successful, you'll have:

  • a tertiary qualification in law;
  • eligibility to obtain a practising legal certificate;
  • excellent knowledge of the parliamentary and public sector environment; and
  • at least 10 years' experience in legal work, preferably with some experience in the public sector.

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

We offer our staff:

  • Learning and development opportunities.
  • Health and well-being benefits.
  • Flexible working.

The Office of the Auditor-General is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we 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 Belinda Rynhart on +64 21 222 6312 or email recruitment@oag.parliament.nz.

You must apply online through jobs.govt.nz (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 Sunday, 2 April 2023.

Service Desk Administrator – two year fixed-term

The Office of the Auditor-General | Te Mana Arotake (the Office) is focused on significantly enhancing its influence and impact on the public sector to deliver better results for Aotearoa New Zealand. The Office is 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.

We're looking for a front-facing Service Desk Administrator to be our link between the Office and the Service Desk team. This position is critical to our Office, and your strong communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to effectively manage issues, incidents, and queries will be essential for the role.

We need someone who:

  • is passionate about customer service at all levels and can think outside the box when dealing with queries;  
  • has excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Office 365, Microsoft Azure, and Office applications, with the desire and technical curiosity to learn more; and
  • is friendly and personable and able to work well in a small and driven team.

Great administration skills and experience liaising with suppliers and vendors will also help. Ideally, you'll have helpdesk, Active Directory, and Microsoft Exchange Telephony experience. You'll be able to work within a roster, which includes, afterhours on-call.

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.

Apply now as this opportunity is likely to close early.

For more information, please contact Kim Humlicek at recruitment@oag.parliament.nz.

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

Applications close Sunday, 26 March 2023.

Notes for applicants

  1. We usually ask candidates to apply through the jobs.govt.nz 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 jobs.govt.nz 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: 31 March 2023