Audit and Risk Management Committee

The Audit and Risk Management 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 Management Committee Role

The role of the Audit and Risk Management 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 Protected Disclosures Act 2012 procedures.

Audit and Risk Management Committee Responsibilities

The committee's responsibilities are set out in the Audit and Risk Management Committee Charter (adopted September 2015).

Information on Committee Members

Michael Beer - Independent Chair of Audit and Risk Management Committee

Michael Beer was appointed as independent Chair to the Audit and Risk Management Committee in 2011.

Michael has previously served as director of various mining and financial services corporations. He has extensive experience in finance, accounting, audit, strategic planning, corporate governance and risk management.

Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Ben Dunlop – Independent Member

Ben Dunlop was appointed as an independent member to the Audit and Risk Management 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 currently holds the role of Senior Management Accountant at Monash University. He also has a Masters in Business Sports Management.

Mark Davies – Independent Member

Mark Davies was appointed as an independent member to the Audit and Risk Management 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 Institute of Chartered Accountants 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 Management 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 Lucinda Congreve

Councillor Congreve represents Grasslands Ward.

Cr Lucinda Congreve was appointed Councillor Representative to the Audit and Risk Management Committee in November 2016.

Cr Congreve has had extensive leadership experience managing large scale commercial projects and Government contracts for Australia’s largest salary packaging providers. For over thirteen years Cr Congreve has prided herself on delivering an effective service by implementing process efficiencies, injecting change and driving improvements throughout the industry.

Cr Congreve is currently General Manager - Operations for Maxxia Pty Ltd, and a member of the Municipal Association of Victoria State Council. Cr Congreve holds a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Certificate in Management, and, is part way through attaining her Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business.

Councillor Georgina Papafotiou (Substitute Councillor Member)

Councillor Georgina Papafotiou represents Taylors Ward. 

Cr Georgina Papafotiou was appointed Substitute Councillor Member to the Audit and Risk Management Committee in February 2018.

Cr Papafotiou was employed with the Department of Education for 28 years. One of her many extensive leadership and management experiences - as a leading teacher and in a school principal class role - was to manage school resources, and to plan and organise procedures to administer budgets within constraints of the Student Resource Package.

Cr Papafotiou holds a Diploma of Education – majoring in Multiculturalism and Child Psychology, and a Degree in Bachelor of Education – majoring in Mathematics. 

She has had extensive financial management training in: the Student Resource Package, program budgeting, Dollars and Sense program, policy planning, annual implementation plans, strategic planning, talking finance and workforce planning.

Cr Papafotiou is keen at analysing data and discussing future directions for Brimbank improvement. She employs careful consideration when making decisions to ensure that Brimbank City Council meets its Vision, including goals and targets.

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.