NI Audit Office launches new five-year Corporate Plan

Cover of the NIAO Corporate Plan 2024-29, featuring an office environment with a female staff member in glasses smiling

The Northern Ireland Audit Office is delighted to publish our new Corporate Plan, setting out our ambitions, priorities and key activities for the next five years as we continue our work making sure public money is spent properly.

The new Corporate Plan for 2024-29 has been developed following close engagement and consultation with a range of key stakeholders, including local politicians, public sector leaders, citizens and service users, and our own staff and Advisory Board.

Based on our vision of independence and excellence in audit to improve public services, the Plan sets out three strategic priorities for the period ahead:

  • High-Quality Public Audit: Support, enhance and promote high standards in public service administration, accountability arrangements and financial management.
  • Improve Outcomes and Accountability: Promote and influence public service reform and improvement.
  • Invest in our People and Resources: Be a high-performing, people-focused organisation.

The new Plan takes account of our strategic environment, noting the increasingly vital role of scrutiny, good governance and accountability in response to fiscal pressures, evolving public services, changing market forces and the need to balance climate, environment and the economy in the period ahead.

The NIAO is also pleased to publish its Public Reporting Programme for the year 2024-25, which was developed and consulted on by stakeholders alongside the Corporate Plan. As well as summarising our Public Reporting themes, the Programme also notes the working title of reports we aim to publish in the next year.

We’d like to thank all the partners and stakeholders who provided input into both documents, or took part in our public consultation. Together, the Corporate Plan and Public Reporting Programme form the basis for the continued development of the Northern Ireland Audit Office, as we support the Northern Ireland Executive and the local public sector to improve public services and protect public money.