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 this year's published briefings (available in PDF format on Parliament's website).

Link to our briefing about… Select committee Vote Type of briefing
Crown Law Office Justice Attorney-General Estimates
Department of Conservation Environment Conservation Estimates
Department of Corrections Justice Corrections Estimates
Department of Internal Affairs Governance and Administration Internal Affairs  Estimates
Department of Internal Affairs Governance and Administration Appropriations within Vote Internal Affairs: Racing Estimates
Department of Internal Affairs Social Services and Community Appropriations within Vote Internal Affairs: Community and Voluntary Sector Estimates
Department of Internal Affairs Social Services and Community Appropriations within Vote Internal Affairs: Ethnic Communities Estimates
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Governance and Administration Prime Minister and Cabinet Estimates
Education Education and Workforce Education Estimates
Education Education and Workforce Education Sector Estimates
Education Review Office Education and Workforce Education Review Office Estimates
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Social Services and Community Housing and Urban Development Estimates
Inland Revenue Department Finance and Expenditure Revenue Estimates
Land Information New Zealand Primary Production  Lands Estimates
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Economic Development, Science and Innovation Energy and Resources appropriation Estimates
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Economic Development, Science and Innovation BSI: Digital Economy and Communications appropriations Estimates
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Economic Development, Science and Innovation Economic Development appropriation Estimates
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Economic Development, Science and Innovation BSI: Commerce and Consumer Affairs appropriation Estimates
Ministry for Culture and Heritage Social Services and Community Arts, Culture and Heritage Estimates
Ministry for Primary Industries Primary Production  Vote Agriculture, Biosecurity, Fisheries and Food Safety appropriations Estimates
Ministry for Primary Industries Primary Production  Forestry Estimates
Ministry for the Environment Environment Environment: Climate change appropriations Estimates
Ministry for the Environment Environment Environment  Estimates
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Transport and Infrastructure Building and Construction (excluding Isolation and Quarantine Management appropriation) Estimates
Ministry for Women Social Services and Community Women Estimates
Ministry of Defence Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Defence Estimates
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Foreign Affairs and Trade Estimates
Ministry of Justice Justice Reducing Family Violence
and Sexual Violence: Joint Venture Appropriations 
Estimates
Ministry of Justice Justice Justice Estimates
Ministry of Justice Māori Affairs Māori Crown Relations - Te Arawhiti appropriations Estimates
Ministry of Justice Justice Courts Estimates
Ministry of Social Development Social Services and Community Appropriations in Vote Public Service: Supporting Implementation of a Social Wellbeing Approach 2021/22 Estimates
Ministry of Transport Transport and Infrastructure Transport  Estimates
Ministry for Pacific Peoples Social Services and Community Pacific Peoples Estimates
Ministry of Social Development Social Services and Community Social Development (Youth, Disability issues, Seniors) Estimates
New Zealand Customs Service Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Customs Estimates
New Zealand Defence Force Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Defence Force Estimates
New Zealand Police Justice Police Estimates
Office of the Ombudsman Governance and Administration Ombudsmen Estimates
Oranga Tamariki  Social Services and Community Oranga Tamariki  Estimates
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Environment Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Estimates
Parliamentary Counsel Office Justice Parliamentary Counsel Estimates
Parliamentary Service Governance and Administration Parliamentary Service Estimates
Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission Governance and Administration Public Service  Estimates
Serious Fraud Office Justice Serious Fraud Estimates
Sport and Recreation New Zealand Social Services and Community Sport and Recreation Estimates
Statistics New Zealand Governance and Administration Statistics Estimates
Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Affairs Māori Development Estimates
Tertiary Education Commission Education and Workforce Tertiary Education Estimates
The Treasury Finance and Expenditure Finance Estimates
Tourism appropriation Economic Development, Science and Innovation BSI: Tourism appropriation Estimates
Research, science, and innovation appropriation Economic Development, Science and Innovation Research, Science and Innovation appropriation Estimates
Labour market Education and Workforce Labour Market (with separate sections for Workplace Relations and Safety, Immigration, and ACC) Estimates

Page last updated: 1 October 2021