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Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee was established in accordance with section 53 of the Local Government Act 2020 (the Act). The Committee replaces the former Audit and Risk Management Committee established under the Local Government Act 1989.



The Audit and Risk Committee is an advisory committee to assist the Council to discharge its responsibilities under the Act to:

  • monitor the compliance of Council policies and procedures with:
    • the overarching governance principles
    • the Act and the regulations and any ministerial directions
    • other relevant laws and obligations
  • monitor internal controls
  • monitor Council financial and performance reporting
  • monitor and provide advice on risk management and fraud prevention systems and controls
  • oversee internal audit function
  • oversee external audit functions; and monitor related party transactions.


The Audit and Risk Committee consists of 5 members: 3 independent members and 2 Councillors. The Councillors are appointed for a 2 year period.  Independent members are appointed for a 3 year term and are eligible to be reappointed after the expiry of their term. The Chairperson of the Committee is appointed on an annual basis from the independent membership of the Committee by Council at its Annual Meeting.

The Audit and Risk Committee meets 5 times per annum.

The current membership of the Committee is:

Independent Members

  • Mr Geoff Harry (Chairperson)

  • Ms Jenny Johanson

  • Mr Mick Jaensch

Councillor Members

  • Cr Sonia Castelli

  • Cr Laurence Evans OAM

The Chief Executive Officer, Director Corporate Services, Manager Finance, Manager Governance and Internal Auditors attend all meetings by invitation, to assist the Committee, and do not have voting rights. The External Auditor attends a Committee meeting to present to the external audit plan and the presentation of the audited financial, standard and performance Statements. The opportunity is provided for the Audit and Risk Committee to meet with the auditors without management at each meeting.

Matters commonly discussed at the Audit and Risk Committee meetings include:

  • internal audit reviews
  • external audit reports
  • implementation status of audit recommendations
  • financial statements
  • reports relating to governance, legislative compliance and information technology
  • risk management issues
  • insurance matters
  • procurement matters.

Internal Audit

The Internal Audit function is provided by Crowe Horwath who provides independent assurance regarding the effectiveness and efficiency of governance, risk management and internal control processes across the organisation.


The Audit and Risk Committee operates within a charter which is reviewed every year. The most recent review of the charter was undertaken in March 2018. The charter outlines the duties and responsibilities of the Audit and Risk Committee.