Audit and Risk Committee

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The Audit and Risk Committee is one of our advisory committees. It was established in accordance with section 53 of the Local Government Act 2020 (the Act).

Audit and Risk Committee purpose

The purpose of the Audit and Risk Committee is to support Council in discharging its oversight responsibilities related to:

  • financial and performance reporting
  • risk management
  • fraud prevention systems and control
  • maintenance of a sound internal control environment
  • assurance activities including internal and external audit and
  • Council’s performance with regard to compliance with its policies and legislative and regulatory requirements.

The Committee acts in this capacity by monitoring, reviewing, endorsing and advising on the above matters as set out in its Charter. This Charter has been developed in accordance with Section 45 of the Act.

Audit and Risk Committee responsibilities

The committee's responsibilities are set out in the Audit and Risk Committee Charter (PDF 726KB).

Committee members

Geoffrey Harry - Independent Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Geoff Harry was appointed as Independent Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee on 19 February 2019.

Geoff has extensive financial reporting, assurance, risk management and compliance management experience. He works extensively across both the state and local government sectors. His professional background is as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (25 years).

Geoff currently chairs audit and risk committees at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, IBAC - the independent broad-based anti-corruption committee, and at several local government agencies including the cities of Melbourne, Whittlesea, Greater Dandenong, Knox, Bayside and Kingston. Geoff is also a board member of Chisholm Institute and Agriculture Victoria Services.

Geoff is a Fellow member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and CPA Australia.

He also holds a B Econ from Monash and is a Graduate Member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

Jenny Johanson – Independent Member

Jenny Johanson was appointed as an independent member to the Audit and Risk Committee in 2021.

She has had experience on a number of audit and risk committees including the City of Melbourne, Hume City Council, South Gippsland Shire Council and Education Services Australia.

Jen is a certified Information Systems Auditor, a Chartered Accountant, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne.

Mick Jaensch – Independent Member

Mick Jaensch was appointed as an independent member to the Audit and Risk Committee in 2023.

Mick held the role of Director of Corporate Services at the City of Greater Dandenong and is currently a director at MIK2 consulting services, bringing a wealth of experience as an independent member of Brimbank City Council's Audit and Risk Committee.

Councillor representatives

  • Cr Bruce Lancashire
  • Cr Sam David


  • Cr Maria Kerr
  • Cr Ranka Rasic (Mayor)

Internal Auditor

We appoint our internal auditor through a public tender process in accordance with the Local Government Act, and our Procurement Policy.

Following a tender process, Brimbank Council engaged Findex (Aus) Pty Ltd/ A Crowe Australasia Contract No 21/2974 for the period of three years commencing 17 March 2021.

Last updated: 22 February 2024 - 11:55am