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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We have written to the Secretary for Education, providing an overview of the 2021 school audits, details of the two main challenges we faced, and a summary of the Ministry’s progress with our previous recommendations.

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Auditor-General John Ryan reflects on the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s new report and the relationship between public accountability and outcomes.

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Earlier this year, Auditor-General John Ryan reached the mid-point of his seven-year term. He commissioned a review to reflect on where we are as an Office, identify the challenges the Office faces, and confirm the key priorities for the rest of his term.

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What we're working on

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Carrying out the audits of Crown entities and councils

Collectively, Crown entities (such as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Retirement Commissioner) are responsible for a significant proportion of government expenditure and service delivery. Along with councils, their services touch the lives of New Zealanders every day.

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Our integrity framework

We're promoting our recent integrity framework and keen to hear how public organisations are using it. If you have any feedback on the framework, please let us know (through social media or using our feedback form).

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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.)

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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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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