Our international work

Draft annual plan 2024/25.

There are three main components to our international work:

Supporting PASAI to improve outcomes for Pacific people

PASAI supports SAIs across the Pacific region to build capacity and capability and advocates for improvements to integrity systems in their countries. 

In 2024/25, we will support the Secretariat and governing board to implement PASAI’s new 2024-2034 strategy.

We also have “twinning” relationships with the Audit Office of Samoa and the Cook Islands Audit Office. These relationships provide specific support and development opportunities for staff in these offices to work closely with our staff. MFAT funding supports the development of this work.

We will continue to use our influence and reputation to support PASAI by closely collaborating with SAIs and the Secretariat team to advocate for SAI independence and effective public administration systems in the Pacific. We will also work with regional development partners to invest in good governance and robust public financial management systems in the Pacific region.

Progressing audits for the Governments of Niue and Tokelau

During 2024/25, we expect the preparation and auditing of the Niue and Tokelau governments’ annual accountability reporting to be up to date for the first time in many years. We will focus on maintaining this and supporting work to improve the quality of reporting. We will also increase our work to support Public Accounts Committees to scrutinise the effectiveness of government spending.

Working collaboratively with INTOSAI and other agencies to improve public sector accountability and integrity

We hold responsibilities across several INTOSAI working groups on behalf of PASAI. This includes the Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) and the IntoSAINT working group.

Environmental auditing

The WGEA encourages SAIs to assess the effectiveness of government programmes and spending on environmental management and outcomes. We represent PASAI on the WGEA and help to implement its programmes and activities in the Pacific region. In 2024/25, we will support two global climate change audit projects.

The first is a global co-ordinated climate change audit that involves eight Pacific SAIs carrying out climate adaptation audits.

The second is supporting Pacific SAIs to contribute to an international assessment of government climate actions in about 100 countries known as the “climate scanner”. In 2024/25, we will support Pacific SAIs to use the climate scanner to assess climate actions by their governments. As stated in our Work under way: ClimateScanner under Strategic priority 2, we will also use the climate scanner ourselves. The results of both initiatives will be consolidated and reported internationally.

Integrity

As the PASAI representative on the IntoSAINT working group, we support the ongoing development of the IntoSAINT organisational integrity assessment tool and its implementation across the Pacific region. During 2024/25, we plan to lead work to expand the group of trained IntoSAINT facilitators in the Pacific region and oversee the continued rollout of the IntoSAINT tool to SAIs and other public organisations as part of our contribution to improving the organisational capacity of SAIs.

Building on our integrity work, we will continue to support the work of PASAI through the Auditor-General’s role as Secretary General. PASAI advocates for improvements in governance, accountability, transparency, and integrity with, and on behalf of, supreme audit institutions in the Pacific region.

Work under way: Supporting integrity in the Pacific region
In 2024/25, we will continue to support the work of PASAI in strengthening integrity in public organisations in the Pacific region. This work includes:
  • hosting, on behalf of PASAI, integrity-themed webinars for public sector leaders in the Pacific region;
  • contributing to the international IntoSAINT* (a tool to assess public sector integrity) working group, representing the Pacific region; and
  • helping supreme audit institutions assess their own integrity and support assessments of public organisations using the IntoSAINT tool.

* IntoSAINT is an organisational integrity assessment tool developed by the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions. It is used to assess the vulnerabilities and the maturity of integrity in public organisations.