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The Auditor-General publishes 30-40 reports each year. These are the most recent.
The Auditor-General's Auditing Standards
March 2017: The Auditor-General’s Auditing Standards are based on the standards issued by the External Reporting Board. However, those standards do not always take full account of the particular scope and nature of public sector audits...
Insights and challenges: The Auditor-General's vision for the public sector
March 2017: Letter sent on 30 March 2017 to State sector chief executives by Martin Matthews, the Controller and Auditor-General about his vision for the public sector.
Medium-term planning in government departments: Four-year plans
March 2017: For this report, we reviewed some four-year plans to see whether they appropriately set out a department’s medium-term view of where it was heading, what it would look like in the future, and how it would get there. The central agencies and departments need to do more work to achieve a consistently good standard of four-year plans throughout government. We encourage departments and the central agencies to consider our suggestions for improvements so these plans can become increasingly useful and used.
AgResearch Future Footprint Project: our targeted review of the updated business case
March 2017: As a follow-up to our 2015 letter, which included the results of our review of the AgResearch Future Footprint Project business case, we have now reviewed the updated business case. The five matters we raised in our initial review of the Future Footprint Project business case have been addressed, to varying degrees, in the updated business case. Overall, we are satisfied that the matters raised in our earlier review have been adequately addressed.
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