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A list of reports, articles, or published letters about central government agencies (Ministries, Departments, State-owned enterprises, or Crown entities).
Central government: Results of the 2014/15 audits
December 2015: This report sets out the results of our audit of the Financial Statements of the Government for the year ended 30 June 2015 and of carrying out the Controller function. It highlights a number of matters arising from that work, including costs associated with the Canterbury rebuild, and investing in and managing the Crown’s assets.
Ministry for Primary Industries: Preparing for and responding to biosecurity incursions - follow-up report
October 2015: Our follow-up audit this year reviewed what progress the Ministry for Primary Industries has made to address the recommendations in our 2013 report. We found that the Ministry has made good progress with how it prepares for, and responds to, biosecurity incursions.
Response to queries about recovery from the Canterbury earthquakes
10 July 2015
Ministry for Primary Industries: Managing the Primary Growth Partnership
February 2015: We audited how the Ministry for Primary Industries has implemented and managed the Primary Growth Partnership so far. In the six programmes we reviewed, we saw examples of partnerships that appeared to work well from the beginning and others that experienced difficulties. These difficulties included prolonged business case development, long contract negotiations, and staffing shortages...
Central government: Results of the 2013/14 audits
December 2014: This report sets out the results of our audit of the Financial Statements of the Government for the year ended 30 June 2014 and of carrying out the Controller function. It highlights a number of matters arising from that work, including costs of the Canterbury rebuild, the effect of Solid Energy’s financial performance, the accounting treatment for certain major public sector assets, and improving financial management in central government...
Accident Compensation Corporation: Using a case management approach to rehabilitation
November 2014: The report finds that ACC needs to make changes to its case management systems and processes to ensure that it is effectively meeting people’s needs. ACC needs to look at how it uses and captures information about effective treatment and rehabilitation options, its internal quality review and coaching tools, how it communicates with people, how adequate and appropriate its case management services are for long-term clients with complex needs, and how it manages the transfer of clients between it and other public entities...
Accident Compensation Corporation: How it deals with complaints
August 2014: Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has signalled its commitment to be a more client-focused organisation in the future. However, some people do not receive the standard of service they expect from ACC and make complaints. The most common complaints are a result of ineffective communication or people feeling they have not been kept fully informed, treated fairly, or treated with dignity and respect. ACC has work under way to address some of the problems we have identified. Despite positive signs, ACC has much to improve because its current complaints system is not effective...
Ministry of Social Development: How it deals with complaints
August 2014: We looked at how the Ministry’s Work and Income, StudyLink, and Senior Services sections manage complaints. In our view, the way the Ministry deals with complaints has many positive features. However, the Ministry could do better in some aspects...
State-owned enterprises: Results of the 2012/13 audits
July 2014: State-owned enterprises are an important and financially significant part of the public sector. This report provides an analysis of what our audit work and audited financial statements can tell us about the financial health of SOEs and the listed companies that are majority-owned by the Crown...
Setting up Central Agencies Shared Services
June 2014: The central agencies did not follow best practice in setting up Central Agencies Shared Services (CASS). CASS was set up by the intended date, but important and fundamental aspects of the change were not done well. Setting up CASS has benefited some service users. Some improvements have allowed the central agencies to better work together. However, CASS functions are performing at different levels of effectiveness. It is not yet clear whether CASS provides a useful model for the public sector to follow...
Central government: Results of the 2012/13 audits (Volume 2)
April 2014: This report presents the aggregate results of our audit of the central government agencies for 2012/13 ...
The Treasury: Learning from managing the Crown Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme
March 2014: In 2011, we made four recommendations for the Treasury to prepare for potentially large and complex initiatives that might require rapid implementation. The Treasury has responded positively to our recommendations about improving project management and implementing a planning, monitoring, escalation, and reporting framework.
Public entities in the social sector: Our audit work
December 2013: This is the first time we have published a report focused on public entities in the social sector. We draw attention to the work this Office does, outline why we are interested in changes in the social sector, and share our thoughts on where we might focus our effort in the future...
Central government: Results of the 2012/13 audits (Volume 1)
December 2013: This report presents the results of our audit of the Government's 2012/13 financial statements and reports on the results of our review of whether government expenditure was appropriately authorised...
Central government: Results of the 2011/12 audits
April 2013: ISBN 978-0-478-41019-8 (print), ISBN 978-0-478-41020-4 (online).
Crown Research Institutes: Results of the 2011/12 audits
March 2013: This report provides an overview of the results of our audits of Crown research institutes in 2011/12.
Response of the New Zealand Police to the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct: Third monitoring report
October 2012: Our Office's third report about how well the New Zealand Police are responding to the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into Police conduct...
Roles, responsibilities, and funding of public entities after the Canterbury earthquakes
October 2012: This report provides an objective view of how the Canterbury earthquake recovery is being run. It describes how the recovery is being carried out, the roles of agencies, how the recovery is being funded, and what the main risks and challenges are - for the agencies involved and for Cantabrians.
Reviewing financial management in central government
June 2012: To work out in a co-ordinated way where financial resources are directed, how they are controlled, and, ultimately, what value they create is fundamentally important. We have reviewed whether central government's financial management system allows us to understand and manage our financial resources within and throughout government and, if not, what needs to change.
Central government: Results of the 2010/11 audits (Volume 2)
March 2012: ISBN 978-0-478-38342-3 (print), ISBN 978-0-478-38343-0 (online).
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