Advising select committees and other agencies

Because of our annual audits, performance audits, inquiry work, and regular engagement with public organisations, the Auditor-General has a broad overview of public organisations, individually and how they work together.

Through our services to Parliament, we provide advice and assistance to select committees, Ministers, and individual members of Parliament, as well as other agencies, to help them in their work to improve the performance and accountability of public organisations.

We provide this advice and assistance mainly through:

  • reports and advice to select committees to assist their annual reviews of government departments and Officers of Parliament, State-owned enterprises, and Crown entities;
  • reports and advice to select committees to assist their examination of the Estimates of Appropriations; and
  • reports to responsible Ministers on the results of the annual audits.

We also provide advice and assistance through:

  • reports to Parliament and others on matters arising from our annual audits;
  • responding to requests for advice and participating in discussions on financial management, governance, and accountability matters with government departments, central agencies, local authorities, professional bodies, sector organisations, and others; and
  • working with Auditors-General in other countries to encourage, promote, and advance co-operation on auditing matters. This includes our roles as Secretariat of the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI) and membership of various committees of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI).

Links to our advice to select committees

Each year, we provide advice to select committees to inform their annual reviews of public organisations and their Estimates examinations. Committees usually decide to publish the advice we've provided.

The table sets out links to the most recent published briefings (available in PDF format on Parliament's website).

Link to our briefing about… Select committee Type of briefing
Crown Law Office Justice Estimates
Department of Conservation Environment Estimates
Department of Corrections Justice Estimates
Department of Internal Affairs Governance and Administration Estimates
Department of Internal Affairs Governance and Administration Estimates
Department of Internal Affairs Social Services and Community Estimates
Department of Internal Affairs Social Services and Community Estimates
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Governance and Administration Estimates
Education Education and Workforce Estimates
Education Education and Workforce Estimates
Education Review Office Education and Workforce Estimates
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Social Services and Community Estimates
Inland Revenue Department Finance and Expenditure Estimates
Land Information New Zealand Primary Production  Estimates
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Economic Development, Science and Innovation Estimates
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Economic Development, Science and Innovation Estimates
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Economic Development, Science and Innovation Estimates
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Economic Development, Science and Innovation Estimates
Ministry for Culture and Heritage Social Services and Community Estimates
Ministry for Primary Industries Primary Production  Estimates
Ministry for Primary Industries Primary Production  Estimates
Ministry for the Environment Environment Estimates
Ministry for the Environment Environment Estimates
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Transport and Infrastructure Estimates
Ministry for Women Social Services and Community Estimates
Ministry of Defence Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Estimates
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Estimates
Ministry of Justice Justice Estimates
Ministry of Justice Justice Estimates
Ministry of Justice Māori Affairs Estimates
Ministry of Justice Justice Estimates
Ministry of Social Development Social Services and Community Estimates
Ministry of Transport Transport and Infrastructure Estimates
Ministry for Pacific Peoples Social Services and Community Estimates
Ministry of Social Development Social Services and Community Estimates
New Zealand Customs Service Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Estimates
New Zealand Defence Force Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Estimates
New Zealand Police Justice Estimates
Office of the Ombudsman Governance and Administration Estimates
Oranga Tamariki  Social Services and Community Estimates
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Environment Estimates
Parliamentary Counsel Office Justice Estimates
Parliamentary Service Governance and Administration Estimates
Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission Governance and Administration Estimates
Serious Fraud Office Justice Estimates
Sport and Recreation New Zealand Social Services and Community Estimates
Statistics New Zealand Governance and Administration Estimates
Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Affairs Estimates
Tertiary Education Commission Education and Workforce Estimates
The Treasury Finance and Expenditure Estimates
Tourism appropriation Economic Development, Science and Innovation Estimates
Research, science, and innovation appropriation Economic Development, Science and Innovation Estimates
Labour market Education and Workforce Estimates
Earthquake Commission Finance and Expenditure  Annual review
New Zealand Green Investment Finance Limited Finance and Expenditure Annual review
The Treasury Finance and Expenditure Annual review
Financial statements of the Government of New Zealand Finance and Expenditure Annual review
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Finance and Expenditure Annual review
Inland Revenue Department Finance and Expenditure Annual review
Infrastructure Commission Finance and Expenditure Annual review
New Zealand Productivity Commission Finance and Expenditure Annual review
Department of Conservation Environment Annual review
Jobs for Nature Environment Annual review
Ministry for the Environment Environment Annual review
Ministry for Primary Industries Primary Production Annual review
Primary production sector Primary Production Annual review
Land Information New Zealand Primary Production Annual review
Landcorp Farming Limited Primary Production Annual review
AsureQuality Limited Primary Production Annual review
New Zealand Customs Service Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Annual review
New Zealand Defence Force Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Annual review
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Annual review
Ministry of Defence Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Annual review
New Zealand Antarctic Institute Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Annual review
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Governance and Administration Annual review
Te Aho o Te Kahu - Cancer Control Agency Health Annual review
Electricity Authority Economic Development, Science and Innovation Annual review
Pharmaceutical Management Agency Health Annual review
Commerce Commission Economic Development, Science and Innovation Annual review

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