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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The Joint Venture for Family Violence and Sexual Violence is accountable for significantly reducing family violence and sexual violence. It involves new ministerial arrangements, new public service governance arrangements, and new ways for agencies to work. We carried out a performance audit of this new way of working.

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strategic suppliers

The public sector provides many important services, including services that keep our towns and cities running, support people in need, build our skills, and help keep us safe. We looked at how well placed the public sector is to meet New Zealanders’ expectations when relying on third-party suppliers.

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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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Signing the audits of councils' long-term plans

During June, auditors complete their work on councils' long-term plans. These plans are important. Councils use them to set rates and plan ahead to deliver critical services.

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Supporting Parliament's scrutiny

We're offering advice to select committees as they review the estimates of spending by government departments.

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Good practice for charging fees

We're updating our guide on charging fees and levies. It's for the agencies charging for a wide range of services, from driver licensing to passports to dog registrations.

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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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