Tonga Audit Office
The position of the Auditor General was created by the Constitution in 1875 establishing it as a member of the Privy Council and as a key actor in matters of financial policy.
It was replaced by the Government Auditor in 1938, which was a Chief Internal Auditor for the government and not a servant of the Legislature. The post was recreated again in the Public Audit Act of 1984, and moved from the Executive to the Legislature in the Public Audit Act of 2007. All audit staff are employed by the Auditor General under the Public Audit (Amendment) Act of 2012 and are independent from the Executive Government.
The Auditor General is the principal auditor of government, responsible for the performing of financial, compliance, and performance audit of public funds. This includes the audit and reporting of results to the Legislature through the Speaker on the financial conditions of ministries, departments, agencies, public enterprises and development projects; and the review and approval of audited accounts of public enterprises that are audited by private firms.
We aim to provide objective reports, advice and assurance to the Legislature to ensure that government is reliable, accountable and transparent to the public.
Form of Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Area: 270 sq. miles
Population: 101,000 (2008)
Official language: Tongan, English
Monetary Unit: Pa’anga or Tongan dollar (T$)
Time: GMT plus 13 hours
Location: South West of Pacific Ocean
Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, FCA (NZ)
Office of the Auditor General
Maamaloa, Vaha’akolo Rd
Tupou College Old Boys Building
P.O. Box 50, Nuku’alofa, Tonga
Tel: + 676 2 1600 • Fax: +676 2 3749
Mobile: +676 77 57546