Independent committee commends Council’s risk management approach

The Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee Geoff Harry has given the City of Whittlesea a tick of approval for its commitment to a robust and comprehensive risk management program.

The Audit & Risk Committee tabled its six-monthly report at Council’s Scheduled Meeting held on 4 May 2021 – a new provision under the Local Government Act 2020.

Mr Harry said the committee was pleased with Council’s progress and approach to risk management.

“Whittlesea might be the only Council in the state that has an internal compliance program… and I think it is an excellent program,” he said.

“Pleasingly, Council is continually seeking to improve its procurement policy and we’re excited about the potential for that to bring good change to Whittlesea going forward.”

“Council is well on the way to meeting the requirements under the new Local Government Act to align policy and procedures to overarching governing principles.”

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson recognised the importance of Council’s commitment to risk management across all the key services and functions Council delivers for community.

“We welcome the increased public accountability through the introduction of twice annual public reporting of this critical function.”

Ms Wilson thanked the Audit & Risk Committee for the comprehensive report and important contribution it makes to ensuring good governance at Council.

“We are fortunate to have a committee with such a depth of expertise and experience to support the role of Administrators and Council in exercising all the audit and risk functions,” she said.

The committee includes three independent members – Mr Geoff Harry (Chair), Mr Michael Ulbrick and Ms Theresa Glab. Its core purpose is to oversee Council’s annual work plan. This year, the work plan included significant work on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Council’s operations and service delivery along with employee and financial performance.

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