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Publications produced during 2011

This is a list of the publications produced in 2011 (the most recent items are listed first).
Central government: Results of the 2010/11 audits (Volume 1)
December 2011: ISBN 978-0-478-38331-7 (print) and ISBN 978-0-478-38332-4 (online).
Education sector: Results of the 2010/11 audits
December 2011: This report provides an overview of the results of our audits of, and work with, public entities in the education sector in 2010/11...
Managing the implications of public private partnerships
November 2011: This discussion paper has been written to inform public sector leaders and decision-makers considering partnering with the private sector about the general features of PPPs and the factors that are seen as important in sustaining an appropriate "enabling" environment for all PPPs...
Cleanest public sector in the world: Keeping fraud at bay
November 2011: Results of a survey on fraud awareness, prevention, and detection in New Zealand’s public sector...
The Treasury: Implementing and managing the Crown Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme
September 2011: We carried out a performance audit of the Treasury's implementation and management of the Crown Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme, given the Scheme's significance for our economy at the time and the amount of money involved...
Transpower New Zealand Limited: Managing risks to transmission assets
September 2011: We audited how well Transpower is managing risks to the transmission system. We wanted to establish whether the owner and operator of the national electricity grid understood well the capacity constraints facing the grid and the risks posed by the condition of the grid assets, and was using this understanding to better maintain and invest in the grid...
Annual Report 2010/11
September 2011, ISSN 1179-8963 (print), ISSN 1179-8971 (online).
Managing freshwater quality: Challenges for regional councils
September 2011: We carried out an audit to provide an independent view of how effectively four selected regional councils are managing and controlling land use and related activities for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing freshwater quality in their regions...
Local government: Improving the usefulness of annual reports
September 2011: This discussion paper sets out the legal requirements, provides examples of improved reporting, and aims to encourage ongoing improvements in local authorities' performance reporting...
New Zealand Transport Agency: Delivering maintenance and renewal work on the state highway
September 2011: This is the second of two reports presenting the findings of our performance audits on NZTA's maintenance and renewal of the network...
Government planning and support for housing on Māori land
September 2011: We examined the effectiveness of government support for Māori seeking to build housing on their land. We found that, despite good intentions, the process to build a house on Māori land is fraught. Lessons have not been learned from past attempts, so the initiatives are not effectively targeted and the processes are not streamlined...
Inquiry into the use of parliamentary travel entitlements by Mr and Mrs Wong
September 2011: This report sets out our conclusions on our inquiry into the use of parliamentary travel entitlements by Mr and Mrs Wong, while Mrs Wong was a member of Parliament (MP)...
The Emissions Trading Scheme - summary information for public entities and auditors
August 2011: This document informs public entities and their auditors about how the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) operates and how it is likely to affect them. It summarises information about the ETS that we have gathered from the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Ministry of Economic Development…
Planning to meet the forecast demand for drinking water in Auckland
August 2011: A letter from the Auditor-General to the Chief Executives of Auckland Council and Watercare Services Limited on governance issues and a report on our initial findings and recommendations for Watercare to consider when developing its long-term plans for asset management and for funding arrangements...
Appointing public sector auditors and setting audit fees
August 2011: This document sets out the processes that the Auditor-General uses to appoint auditors and set audit fees in a way that is sound, fair, and transparent...
Home-based support services for older people
July 2011: We carried out a performance audit to establish how effective the Ministry of Health and district health boards are in ensuring that, where appropriate, people aged 65 and over (older people) get the care and support they need to remain living independently at home...
New Zealand Customs Service: Providing assurance about revenue
July 2011: We carried out a performance audit to review how effectively the New Zealand Customs Service plans and supports its revenue assurance activities...
Inland Revenue Department: Making it easy to comply
June 2011: We carried out a performance audit to see how effective Inland Revenue is in making it easy for taxpayers to comply with their obligations to pay tax. As part of the audit, we tested Inland Revenue's website with two groups of taxpayers – tradespeople and rental property owners – who had new tax obligations...
Central government: Cost-effectiveness and improving annual reports
June 2011: This paper is aimed at government departments and Crown entities that prepare annual reports of their performance for external publication under the Public Finance Act or the Crown Entities Act...
Annual Plan 2011/12
June 2011: ISSN 1178-8488 (print), ISSN 1179-7339 (online).
Progress in delivering publicly funded scheduled services to patients
June 2011: This report assesses progress made in achieving the government strategy "Reduced Waiting Times for Public Hospital Elective Services". There has been good progress over 10 years but there is more to do to ensure that patients are assessed in a nationally consistent way, and seen and treated in priority order...
Final audits of Auckland's dissolved councils, and managing leaky home liabilities
June 2011: This report summarises our auditing of the financial and service performance statements in the final annual reports of the eight dissolved Auckland local authorities and 19 terminated council-controlled organisations. The report also looks at the effects on local authorities of leaky home liabilities - effects greatest in cities, especially Auckland...
Statement of Intent 2011-14
May 2011, ISSN 1179-7347 (print), ISSN 1179-7355 (online).
Public entities' progress in implementing the Auditor-General's recommendations
April 2011: This report sets out our view on the progress that five public entities have made in responding to recommendations that we made in 2008 and 2009.
Ministry of Social Development: Managing the recovery of debt
April 2011: We carried out a performance audit to assess how well the Ministry of Social Development manages the recovery of money owed to the Ministry.
Local government: Results of the 2009/10 audits
April 2011, ISBN 978-0-478-32694-9 (print), ISBN 978-0-478-32695-6 (online).
The Auditor-General's Auditing Standards
March 2011: ISBN 978-0-478-32690-1 (print), ISBN 978-0-478-32691-8 (online). This version of The Auditor-General's Auditing Standards is no longer the authoritative version and has been removed to avoid confusion. Please see instead the 2014 edition of the The Auditor-General's Auditing Standards.
Central government: Results of the 2009/10 audits (Volume 2)
March 2011: ISBN 978-0-478-32692-5 (print) and ISBN 978-0-478-32693-2 (online).
District Health Boards: Learning from 2010–13 Statements of Intent
February 2011: This document has been written to help district health boards (DHBs) as they prepare their 2011-14 and future Statements of Intent (SOIs)...
Central government: Case studies in reporting forecast performance information
February 2011: The purpose of this discussion paper is to help public entities improve the information they use to forecast what their performance will be in providing services to the public – and how they report that forecast to Parliament and to the public...
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