Advising government bodies and other agencies
Because of our annual audits, performance audit and inquiry work, the Auditor-General has a broad overview of public entities both individually and throughout sectors. Through our services to Parliament, we provide advice and assistance to select committees, Ministers, and individual members of Parliament, as well as to central agencies and other public sector representative groups, to assist them in their work to improve the performance and accountability of public entities.
The main ways in which this advice and assistance is provided is through:
- reports and advice to select committees to assist their financial 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 other constituencies on matters arising from our annual audits (including tabling two reports in Parliament on the results of our audits in central and local government);
- responding to requests and participating in working parties on matters related to financial management and accountability with other stakeholders, including government departments, central agencies, local authorities, professional bodies, sector organisations, and other public entities; and
- working with Auditors-General in other countries to encourage, promote, and advance co-operation in the field of public audit. This includes our roles as Secretariat of the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASAI – formerly SPASAI, the South Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions), membership of various committees of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), and acting as executing agent for the Pacific Regional Audit Initiative (for which we received funding from the Asian Development Bank, with co-financing from the Japan Special Fund and the Government of Australia.)
Page last updated: 29 January 2010