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Filipe Naigulevu
Thursday, March 08, 2018

SIGNIFICANT progress has been made in the reforms at the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) to modernise the audit process and methodology including improving its strategy for internal and external communication.

This was the word from the Auditor-General Ajay Nand while announcing several reforms at the OAG in a statement issued yesterday.

Foremost, Mr Nand said they had put in place a communication strategy to share knowledge, disseminate information, create an understanding between staff, management and all stakeholders, facilitate decision making and support the achievement of the OAG's operational and strategic goals.

While the OAG has prepared its Annual Reports for 2016 and 2017, Mr Nand said they had also put in place a strategic plan for the financial year 2018 to 2020 and delivery of the plan was being monitored.

At this stage, Mr Nand confirmed that copies of the plan have been provided to members of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

Mr Nand also highlighted that the OAG's website — — which was developed in 2014 had outlived its purpose.

"OAG has since revamped the website which will allow the office to deliver its communication strategy and provide for greater interaction with all our stakeholders," he said.

"The upgraded website will also allow for more awareness on the roles and functions of the Auditor-General and Office of the Auditor-General.

"Therefore the website is considered an integral part of the Auditor-General's function."

He however indicated that they were awaiting necessary clearance for launching of the revamped website.

"The OAG Strategic Plan for FY 2018-FY2020 and approved policies would be available in the revamped website."

Meanwhile, Mr Nand said the format of the Auditor-Generals reports to Parliament had also been aligned to those adopted by national/state audit offices in Australia and New Zealand.

"It is anticipated that the revised format would promote better understanding of the contents of these reports by all stakeholders," he said.

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