Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee is one of our advisory committees. It was established in accordance with section 139 (2) of the Local Government Act 1989.

Audit and Risk Committee Role

The role of the Audit and Risk Committee is to facilitate:

  • The integrity of external financial reporting including accounting policies;
  • The scope of work, objectivity, performance and independence of both the external and internal audit functions;
  • The provision of effective communication between the external auditor, internal auditor, management and the Council;
  • The establishment, effectiveness and maintenance of controls and systems to safeguard financial and physical resources;
  • The systems and processes designed to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations and consideration of best practice guidelines;
  • The strategic risk management framework; and
  • The systems and processes which protect against fraud and irregularities including the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 procedures.

Audit and Risk Committee Responsibilities

The committee's responsibilities are set out in the Audit and Risk Committee Charter.

Information on 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.

Mr Harry has extensive assurance, risk management and governance services’ experience gained through his 25 years as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Geoff currently chairs Audit and Risk Committees for the Cities of Melbourne, Greater Geelong, Monash and Whittlesea, and is also a member of the Audit Committees of several state government agencies (including Department of Premier & Cabinet and IBAC) and other local government agencies.

Geoff is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and Fellow of CPA Australia.

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

Ben Dunlop – Independent Member

Ben Dunlop was appointed as an independent member to the Audit and Risk Committee in 2016.

Ben has had experience serving on both boards and audit, risk and finance committees for government, not-for-profit, and corporate, including Hawthorn Football Club.  

Ben is a qualified Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and has a Masters in Business Sports Management.

Mark Davies – Independent Member

Mark Davies was appointed as an independent member to the Audit and Risk Committee in 2018.

Mark has served as a director and audit committee member on various public sector and not-for-profit boards and organisations.

He has extensive experience in finance, accounting and audit and has held senior executive positions in a number of Victorian local governments including Chief Executive Officer.

Mark is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and is currently the Principal of Financial Performance Solutions.

Councillor Margaret Giudice

Councillor Margaret Giudice represents Taylors Ward.

Cr Giudice was appointed Councillor Representative to the Audit and Risk Committee in November 2016. She served formerly in 2005.

In addition to her service on Council between 2000 and 2009, Cr Giudice has served on a number of Boards and other Committees including, the Waste Management Strategy Committee, Safety Roundtable Committee, Melton Highway Crossing Committee and the Ravenhall Prison Community Liaison Committee.

Cr Giudice is currently a small business owner. She is committed to efficient service delivery and accountability to ratepayers. 

Councillor John Hedditch

Councillor Hedditch represents Harvester Ward and was Mayor in the 2016-17 year.

Cr John Hedditch was appointed Councillor Representative to the Audit and Risk Committee in February 2019.

Cr Hedditch has had extensive leadership experience developing and managing both large scale and innovative public sector plans, programs, projects and PPP contracts for both Commonwealth and Victorian governments across a number of sectors. For over forty years Cr Hedditch has prided himself on achieving significant change for wider community benefit within a set of agreed parameters while at the same time developing people to become leaders and quality people.

Cr Hedditch is currently a Board Director at IPC Health representing the Brimbank community, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management.

Councillor Virginia Tachos (Substitute Councillor Member)

Cr Tachos was appointed Substitute Councillor Member to the Audit and Risk Committee in February 2019.

In addition to her service on Council, Cr Tachos serves on a number of Boards and other Committees including, the Community Aviation Consultation Group, Chief Executive Officer Employment Matters Committee, LeadWest Ltd, St Albans Town Centre Partnership Group, Sydenham Park Master Plan Steering Committee and the Waste Management Strategy Development Steering Committee.

Cr Tachos is also Project Manager for the Victorian Skills Reconnect Program where she supports people transitioning into the workforce. Cr Tachos is devoted to providing the people of Brimbank with continued opportunity to engage, learn and grow, and to developing the City of Brimbank into ‘The heart of the West’ - a place for the community to thrive.

Internal Auditor

We appoint our internal auditor through a public tender process in accordance with section 189 of the Local Government Act 1989, and our Procurement Policy.

Following a tender process, we appointed Oakton Services as our internal audit services provider in March 2018, for a three year term.