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Covid-19 and your audit

14 February 2022

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As the country adjusts to the red traffic light setting, we are as focused as ever on safeguarding our people and our clients, and our ongoing delivery of quality audits.

For Audit New Zealand, responding to Omicron’s increased transmission risk means new adjustments to work location, meetings, and travel. Like many other organisations, our people are working from home where possible, to support continued health and avoid service disruptions.

Our offices remain open, with safety measures in place. So, if you are unable to meet your auditor online and need to visit, please work with them to confirm an appointment. Our established Vaccination policy, including with the use of My Vaccine Pass, are still essential at our seven locations.

We are following all other Ministry of Health guidance at our offices; scanning the Covid-19 QR code, wearing securely fitted masks in public-facing areas, appropriate physical distancing, and staying at home if unwell.

When interacting with our clients, after considering our strong commitment to health and safety, available risk mitigations, and many clients’ own concerns, we have moved to a “virtual first” approach.

Travel to, and work at, a client site is possible where it is critical to an audit’s progress. We will be focused on reducing the time spent at the site and respecting measures each client has in place. Please talk with your Appointed Auditor if you have any questions about the way this works.

We have been equipping our teams in advance for this approach, so they can continue to work alongside you. This has included building on popular platforms like MS Teams and Zoom in the last few months, while adopting other valuable tools that support remote work and collaboration.

Our online client portal has been central to hundreds of audits during the past year, allowing finance teams and auditors to share files and coordinate in a smooth and effective way.

Our methodology experts have also been busy publishing guidance for a public sector adapting to the evolving Covid-19 situation. This includes updated Model Financial Statements, most recently for government departments, local authorities, and Tertiary Education Institutions.

While this next phase of the Covid-19 response is temporary, our commitment to providing you with quality audits remains unchanged. We will closely monitor ongoing developments to meet our clients’ needs.

We will keep you updated about any future changes, and your Appointed Auditor is there to answer any questions you may have about your work with us.

Noho ora mai


Stephen Walker