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Inquiries Specialist

Want to join our Inquiries team?

One of the Auditor-General's functions is to inquire, where they decide to, into matters concerning a public entity's use of its resources. The Auditor-General can carry out an inquiry on their own initiative or on request from a member of the public, an employee, a member of Parliament, or another organisation. This work sits alongside the Auditor-General's other functions, such as completing annual audits for about 3600 public entities in the public sector, assessing public sector performance, and supporting Parliament's supervision of public entities.

Inquiries can be large or small and can cover a wide range of often complex issues. When deciding what to inquire, we identify whether the matters might include:

  • financial impropriety;
  • conflicts of interest or problems with the public entity's overall governance or management; or
  • other systemic or significant concerns that might be important for the public entity, the sector it operates in, or the general public.

Our inquiries work is carried out by our Inquiries Team, which is part of the Legal Group. We are looking for an Inquiries Specialist to be part of the team.

The Inquiries Specialist will be involved in carrying out inquiries under the Public Audit Act 2001, working with the team and other parts of the office on issues, gathering information, analysing evidence, preparing reports and other outputs, and dealing with a wide range people and entities.

A tertiary qualification in law, accounting, or other relevant discipline and some post-qualification experience, preferably in the public sector (including central and local government), is essential for this position.

You must be able to gain a New Zealand Security Intelligence Service security clearance to apply for this position. See details below.

Remuneration will be based on your experience.

For more information, please contact Sandy Hoggarth on 04 917 1500 or

You must apply online through (you'll find the application form and position description there, too).

Applications close Sunday 9 September 2018.

New Zealand Security Intelligence Service requirements
You must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand either through:

  • being a New Zealand citizen;
  • holding a New Zealand Permanent Residence visa; or
  • holding a current New Zealand Residence class visa.

You must also be able to obtain and maintain the required level of New Zealand Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the Office are that you:

  • are a citizen of, or have resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five years: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, or the USA; and
  • have a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Services towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance.

If you don't meet these minimum criteria, we won't be able to accept your application.

Page last updated: 24 August 2018

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Sandy Hoggarth.

Sandy Hoggarth
Recruitment Advisor
phone 021 222 1602

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