The Audit Committee is an independent advisory committee to Council established under S139 of the Local Government Act 1989. The primary objective of the Audit Committee is to assist Council in the effective conduct of its responsibilities for financial reporting, management of risk, maintaining a reliable system of internal controls and facilitating the organisation's ethical development.
The Audit Committee is established to assist the co-ordination of relevant activities of management, the internal audit function and the external auditor to facilitate achieving overall organisational objectives in an efficient and effective manner.
As part of Council's governance obligations to its community, Council has constituted an Audit Committee to facilitate:
- The enhancement of the credibility and objectivity of internal and external financial reporting;
- Effective management of financial and other risks and the protection of Council assets;
- Compliance with laws and regulations as well as use of best practice guidelines;
- The effectiveness of the internal audit function;
- The provision of an effective means of communication between the external auditor, internal audit, management and the Council.