Strategic priority 4: Building on our reputation as a source of trusted information

Draft annual plan 2024/25.

Trust in governments, media, institutions, and professionals is declining worldwide. Misinformation and disinformation are becoming more prevalent.8

Our work often shines a light on matters of public interest and public sector performance. We aim to be balanced and fair in this work, while fulfilling our independent mandate and delivering our statutory functions to help Parliament and the public to hold public organisations to account.

Across all of our work, we believe we can support trust in government by better communicating and connecting public organisations and the public to the work we do. In 2024/25, we will focus on better using our knowledge and reputation to increase the impact of our work.

Our communications and engagement strategy will set a path to increase the impact of our work. The proposed work in this section is intended to increase the value and impact of all of our work.

Connecting our work to target audiences

We have an extensive catalogue of reports, good practice guidance, and other material that are relevant to many of the challenges facing public organisations. While reports are our primary mechanism for documenting our knowledge, we want to improve access to our knowledge and present our work and data about public sector performance in ways that are more useful to those interested in public sector performance.

Planned work: Enhancing the Office’s website
The Office’s website is the primary access point to our knowledge. Improving access to information through the website is critical for better connecting our audience to our work. In 2024/25, we will begin work to enhance the Office’s website so that it best connects our audience to our work.

This will include looking at the ways in which the Office can better present its information, including presenting data from our work in 2023/24 on health reforms and data from proposed work in 2024/25 on equity of access to public services.

The Office has an important role in bringing together those that can benefit most from our work. In recent years, the Office has convened regular and one-off events that bring together expertise and knowledge about good practice in managing the issues we see across the public sector. Feedback on this work is that it is very useful for connecting our lessons and our guidance to current issues facing those delivering public services.

Work under way: Connecting through events
In 2024/25, the Office will continue to convene regular and one-off events, including:
  • delivering a twice yearly event summarising the Office’s core insights for Tier 2 leaders across the public sector;
  • continuing the Office’s Audit and Risk Committee Chairs’ Forum with eight forums annually covering topics relevant to local and central government;
  • delivering a series of events as part of the second annual Integrity Day; and
  • continuing to host and support Transparency International New Zealand events.

Leveraging our knowledge and reports on emerging issues

Our work provides a unique view of trends, challenges, and risks facing the public sector. In 2024/25, we plan to complete seven reports on our observations from the latest completed audits for a range of public organisations. We will also produce several performance audits on important matters of public sector performance. Each of these reports presents an opportunity to identify key challenges and influence positive change across the public sector. Across this work, we will continue focusing on recurring matters of concern for the Office that are important to public sector performance and trust: integrity, performance reporting, and procurement.

Planned work: Amplifying our reports
In 2024/25, we will establish an active speaking programme for the Office to connect our key work to external events and conferences that reach important audiences for our work. This will include a more prominent role for the Auditor-General and the Deputy Auditor-General.

8: See the 2024 Edelman Trust Barometer at edelman.com/trust/2024/trust-barometer and OECD (2024), Facts not fakes: Tackling disinformation, strengthening information integrity, at www.oecd.org.