The ACT Party strongly supports the Auditor-General’s call for robust audit guidelines for government departments
contracting arrangements with non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
“The Office of the Controller and Auditor-General needs to devote resources to this task immediately given that the
coalition will be spending millions on co-purchasing in the upcoming Budget,” ACT leader Richard Prebble said.
“New Zealand is behind its peers when it comes to having best practice audit guidelines for government contracting with
outside organisations. Australia’s audit office has a raft of guidelines on dealing with NGOs, and Canada also has a
“ACT will be pursuing this issue with vigour in Parliament. The new government has announced its intention to enter
what it calls “co-purchasing” agreements with community groups. It is ACT’s belief that community groups do have much to
offer but there does need to be transparency and clear lines of accountability,” Mr Prebble said.