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Audits of councils' long-term plans

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Since 2006, the Auditor-General has had a statutory duty to issue opinions on local authorities' long-term plans (formerly long-term council community plans, or LTCCPs) under sections 84(4) and 94 of the Local Government Act 2002.

We have worked with local government to put in place the resources, standards, and know-how to audit councils' 10-year plans. We also share and promote best practice in long-term planning.

The Office prepares occasional newsletters setting out information about our approach and work to audit long-term plans, and about issues councils may find useful to be aware of in preparing their long-term plans.

We prepare public reports and make presentations about councils' preparation of long-term plans, and our audit of these. We also make available to councils many elements of the guidance and checklists used by our auditors for the long-term plan audits.

Page last updated: 11 September 2014

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The value of auditing
We commissioned some work to look into the value of auditing in New Zealand's public sector. The four reports produced as a result of that work are available on Victoria University of Wellington's website.