The role of the Directorate’s Audit Committee is to oversight the Directorate’s governance, risk, fraud, legislative compliance and internal control environment on behalf of the Director-General. The committee operates in accordance with its Audit Committee Charter. As such, the committee undertook an annual review of the charter to ensure it remains current and reflects the committee’s role and objectives, with the recommended changes approved by the Director-General.
The committee does not have executive powers, but undertakes a review and advisory role to ensure corporate governance, expressed through management processes and control measures, remains effective.
The committee comprises five members—an external chairperson, external deputy chairperson, external member and two internal members appointed from the Directorate’s executive and management group.
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(1) Indicates this person joined the committee during the 201415 financial year.
(2) Indicates this person left the committee during the 2014–15 financial year.
The committee developed a one-year audit program for 2014–15. RSM Bird Cameron, Axiom and Oakton were selected from a whole-of-government panel to provide internal auditing services, along with the Internal Audit section undertaking audits.
The reports presented to the committee during 2014–15 included:
- IT Unauthorised Access and Control
- Client Management Processes and Response Times
- Environmental Authorisations
- Leave Management
- Implementation of Prior Audit Recommendations.
In seeking to ensure the audit program maximises value to the Directorate, the Internal Audit section undertakes surveys after each audit, conducts an annual survey of Audit Committee members and reports to the Executive on key outcomes after each meeting.