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Office of the Government Accountant

The Office of the Government Accountant was established in 2014 and is led by the Head of the Government Finance Profession/Chief Government Accountant.

The objective of the office is to lift strategic financial management (SFM) practices and capability across the State sector.

We define strategic financial management as integrating strategy, planning and performance to ensure value is at the heart of everything we do. It enables smart decisions that maximise value for money and outcomes for New Zealanders.

We aim to improve strategic financial management through:

  • thought leadership and practical advice on lifting SFM to chief executives, system leaders and Ministers
  • interpreting and providing guidance on system settings for performance and accountability to ensure they are fit-for-purpose and support improved State sector performance
  • leadership, advice and support to the Government Finance Profession to ensure that finance professionals play a critical role in delivering cost effective public services (including the Finance Development Programme)
  • delivering the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand. These are published monthly and annually (for year-end). These provide information on the government’s assets and liabilities, revenue and cash flows.

We work with the Government Finance Profession, central agencies, other Functional Leads/Heads of Profession and private sector providers to deliver on our vision that high quality strategic financial management supports performance improvement in a State sector that delivers value for New Zealanders.
Some of the work we support includes the Government Finance Development Programme, the interpretation of the Public Finance Act , supporting agencies to improve their strategic planning, and supporting the production of the Estimates for publication on Budget Day each year.

Finance Development Programme

The Finance Development Programme is an initiative we are developing with the wider state sector finance community, to support CFOs and Finance Managers find the right development options for their people – whether that be training, an experience or a secondment. We want to leverage off what is working and support activities that will contribute to an uplift in strategic financial management capability across the sector.

Please email [email protected] if you don’t already have access to the FDP site.

Last updated: 
Friday, 4 March 2022