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Public Records Act 2005 Audit ProgrammeUpdate presented toGovernment Recordkeeping Forum, Auckland John Roberts, Acting Group Manager, Government Recordkeeping November 30 2009
Presentation Overview • Overview of the Audit Programme • The PRA Audit Tool • Reporting • Audit process – roll-out timeframes, selection of public offices, etc
Overview of the PRA Audit Programme • The Public Records Act requires Archives New Zealand to commission audits of recordkeeping in public offices • Audits begin in 2010 • Audits occur on a 5 year cycle • Audits based on key requirements of the Public Records Act • Creation and maintenance of full and accurate public records • Provision for preservation and access • Managed disposal (destroy and transfer, etc) • 200 core state sector entities will be audited • Local authorities are not covered • State schools are not subject to the mandatory standards. Approach to auditing schools is yet to be determined
Audit Programme Focus Areas • Three Mandatory Standards • Create and Maintain • Storage • Metadata • Current position • Direction and planned outcomes • Likelihood of achieving outcomes • Recommendations for capability development • Business Risk and Productivity
Audit Process Overview • Audit client CEs notified six months prior to commencement of audit • Engagement is with a designated Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) • Kick-off meeting in January/February to agree process/timings • Clients use an audit self-assessment tool to profile their capability • Archives reviews profile and, using intelligence sources, develops programme for field audit which – • Validates client self-assessments • Examines high probability/high impact business risk areas • Examines productivity monitoring • Reports benchmark client against other (c.40) public offices audited • Draft report findings and recommendations discussed with SRO • Final report delivered
Audit Reporting Reporting to the public office client: • Summary of the public office’s current position and planned direction • Benchmarking of current position with other organisations audited • Assessment of management of high probability-high impact risk • Assessment of business performance improvement (productivity) opportunities Reporting to Parliament (via Minister): • Annual Parliamentary Report providing an overview of audit findings • Commentary on trends • Identification of common themes and issues
The audit schedule will be announced on an annual basis with a lead-time of around six months All entity types will be covered each year Sampling within entity type will be random Typical year - 5 Autonomous Crown Entities 6 Crown Agents 3 Crown Research Institutes 5 District Health Boards 3 Independent Crown Entities 1 Non Public Service Department 1 Office of Parliament 1 Crown Entity Company 5 Polytechnics 8 Public Service Departments 4 SOEs 1 Trust 3 Universities Selection of public offices for audit
PRA Audit Programme – Indicative Roll-out Timeframes June 2009 September 2009 January 2010 January 2011 Incorporation of Consultation Feedback into an updated Audit Tool Development of methods and procedures Team recruitment Commence pilot audits (approx. 15 Public Offices) Commencement of full-scale PRA Audit Programme Emerging consultation themes: Audit scheduling Audit reporting Audit methodology Approx 40 Public Office Audits per annum Refinement of Public Office self-assessment version of Audit Tool 6 months lead time notice of Annual PRA Audit Schedule
Summary • The audit tool will be developed as a web-based self profiling tool • Reports benchmark client against other (c.40) public offices audited • Reporting to Parliament and CEs will focus on business risk and productivity • The schedule will be announced on an annual basis, with a lead-time of six months • All entity types will be covered each year - sampling within entity type will be random
See the Archives NZ website for information on recordkeeping and the Public Records Act http://www.archives.govt.nz/ • Contact: Richard Hipgrave PRA Audit Programme Manager firstname.lastname@example.org