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Draft annual plan 2024/25.

Tēnā koutou katoa.

I am pleased to present my Draft annual plan 2024/25 for your feedback.

My Office works to improve trust and promote value in the public sector. We do this by assessing and reporting on how well public organisations perform and account for their performance. Our annual plan is an important accountability document. It sets out the work programme that my Office intends to carry out during 2024/25. As always, the focus of our work will be on where we can best influence improvements in the performance and accountability of public organisations.

We have a range of functions to help achieve this. The most significant is our mandatory audit function, which is about 85% of our work.

We also monitor government spending against the authority provided by Parliament. Together, this work ensures an independent view on how public spending and performance across the public sector are reported.

We also have a discretionary programme of work that includes performance audits, inquiries, special studies, commentaries, sector reports and updates, and good practice guidance. This work enables us to look at issues of performance in more depth and to highlight best practice in areas relevant to our role.

All this work underpins the advice and support we provide select committees to help them scrutinise public organisations.

Delivering on our strategy

The work included in this draft annual plan is focused on implementing the priorities in the Auditor-General’s strategic intentions to 2028. They are:

  • strengthening our core assurance role;
  • increasing our impact with public organisations with more meaningful performance reporting, an increased focus on value for money, a long-term view in planning and decision-making, and strong integrity practices;
  • enhancing our impact in te ao Māori; and
  • building on our reputation as a source of trusted information.

Our draft annual plan also builds on the success of initiatives introduced in previous years, including rapid performance audits (where we report on matters of immediate public interest within 12 weeks), hosting events that bring public sector leaders and experts together to share knowledge and good practice, integrity audits, and our work targeted at influencing improvements in performance reporting and accountability.  

The range and the depth of the work we plan to do is ambitious. It reflects the challenges we see in the public sector, and where we believe we can best use our role to influence positive change.

How we developed this draft annual plan

We selected the work in this draft annual plan after considering a wide range of inputs. This  included:

  • feedback from select committees;
  • concerns raised with our Office by members of Parliament and the public;
  • findings from our audits and other work with public organisations;
  • our research and environment scanning
  • advice from our rōpū Māori and our central and local government advisory groups; and
  • surveying New Zealanders to identify concerns and interests they have in public sector performance.

Your feedback is important

I am interested in all of your feedback and suggestions on our draft plan. Please send this to by Wednesday 29 May 2024. After considering your feedback we will publish our final Annual Plan for 2024/25 by 30 June.

Nāku noa, nā

John Ryan
Controller and Auditor-General | Tumuaki o te Mana Arotake

30 April 2024