The Office's mission is to provide independent assurance that public funds and resources are used in accordance with the law, managed to good effect and properly accounted for and to contribute to improvement in public administration.

The role of the Office is to

  • audit and report on the accounts of public bodies
  • establish that transactions of public bodies are in accordance with the legal authorities governing them and that funds are applied for the purposes intended
  • examine whether each body administers its resources economically and efficiently and has mechanisms in place to evaluate the effectiveness of operations
  • authorise the release of funds from the Exchequer for purposes permitted by law

In implementing this mandate account is taken of the special considerations which attach to the management of public funds including the requirements of probity and sound corporate governance

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