Part 2: Our strategic context

Draft annual plan 2021/22.

Our strategic direction

The Auditor-General’s strategic intentions to 2025 is our long-term strategic planning document. It sets out the enduring outcomes and impacts we seek from our work and provides the strategic context for our annual work programme.

The ultimate outcome that we seek is that Parliament and the public have trust and confidence in the public sector. For this to be achieved, the public sector has to be high performing and accountable. Relevant and reliable information is critical to holding the public sector to account. Everything we do is directed towards achieving these outcomes, which are at the top of our performance framework.

Our performance framework

Our performance framework

Our vision is of a high-performing and trusted public sector.

No other organisation, public or private, has an overview of the whole public sector that we have. As the auditor of every public organisation, we have an ongoing role with every public sector organisation. This gives us a unique position to influence improvements both in the public sector’s performance and in the management and accountability systems under which the public sector operates.

Our strategy

Our medium-term strategy describes how we will build our core functions and what we will do differently to get the impacts we need to achieve our outcomes. It is organised around four strategic shifts that are designed to respond to the changing operating context in which we work and enhance the impact of our activities. We regularly review our progress against our strategy in the context of our changing operating environment. This enables us to focus our work on where we can make the most difference in influencing our outcomes.

Our proposed work programme is organised around five key areas, which align to our medium-term strategy. Part 4 provides more information about these key areas and the work we propose under each.