About us

The NAO is an independent public body that helps Parliament hold government to account for how taxpayers’ money is spent. In our unique role we work with a host of government departments and bodies to provide assurance to Parliament through our audit work. We add value to government by supporting its drive to improve public services. Our vision is to “help the nation spend wisely.”

Promoting positive change

The public sector continues to face financial constraints, putting pressure on its ability to fund and provide high-quality services. This puts us at the heart of the drive to improve public services.

Our work is impactful and influential. We make a real difference by working closely with government bodies to understand the challenges they face and helping them make improvements in public services. Our work is wide-ranging – from health and education to transport and defence.

A people-led organisation

Our people (there are around 800 of us in London and Newcastle) have a great reputation among our clients, Parliament, international audit institutions and the wider accountancy profession for professionalism, rigour and judgement. We invest in the skills and expertise of our people and give them responsibility at an early stage in their career.

“Our people strategy aims to create a stretching but rewarding working environment where employees develop their skills and gain the right experience to enhance their individual contribution.”