1. Introduction

Report on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Office of the Auditor-General of New Zealand by an International Peer Review Team.

This Report was prepared by a Review Team in response to Terms of Reference provided by the CAG, Mr Kevin Brady (see Attachment 1). Drafts of the Terms of Reference were provided to Review Team Members before being finalised. Brief background information on each of the five Team Members is included in Attachment 2. The Coordinator of the Review Team, Pat Barrett, was fully consulted on membership of the Review Team. His suggestion to conduct the Review in accordance with the Australasian Council of Auditors-General Peer Reviews and Voluntary Development Quality Assurance Reviews - Core Reference Modules was accepted by Mr Brady. However, a number of areas specifically relevant to the New Zealand Office were added. It was also agreed that a Draft Report would be provided to the Controller and Auditor-General by 18 December 2007, with a response from Mr Brady by 28 February 2008 and a Final Report to be delivered by 31 March 2008. All commitments were met.

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