Appendix 1: Public entities that received a good grade for their service performance information

Central government: Case studies in reporting forecast performance information.

We report our grading conclusions to Ministers and select committees in the context of our work in forming an opinion on the financial and service performance statements. We do this to highlight aspects of the underlying environment, systems, and controls that could be improved.

The grades are not an assessment of overall management performance or of the public entity's effectiveness in achieving its financial and service performance objectives.

The auditor assesses:

  • the quality of the service performance measures selected for reporting against;
  • the reliability of the reported performance information; and
  • the systems and controls used for service performance reporting.

The goal is that the service performance information is relevant, reliable, understandable, and comparable.

The following entities received a "good" (for one entity, "very good") grade from the auditor for their service performance information and associated systems and controls in 2009/10.

Accident Compensation Corporation Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand
Archives New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa
Career Services Commerce Commission
Crown Health Financing Agency* Department of Building and Housing
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Education Review Office
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority Families Commission
Government Superannuation Fund Authority Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation
Health Research Council of New Zealand Human Rights Commission
Inland Revenue Department Law Commission
Legal Services Agency Ministry of Economic Development
Ministry of Social Development Ministry of Women's Affairs
New Zealand Antarctic Institute New Zealand Artificial Limb Board
New Zealand Blood Service New Zealand Customs Service
New Zealand Fire Service Commission New Zealand Food Safety Authority
New Zealand Historic Places Trust New Zealand On Air
New Zealand Qualifications Authority New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner Parliamentary Counsel Office
Public Trust Radio New Zealand Limited
Standards Council of New Zealand Television New Zealand Limited
Tertiary Education Commission Testing Laboratory Registration Council

The Crown Health Financing Agency was the first, and so far the only, public entity to receive a "very good" grade for its service performance information. "Very good" means the auditor did not recommend any cost-beneficial improvements to be made.

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