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Audit and Risk Committee

Mitchell’s Audit and Risk Committee

Our Audit and Risk Committee makes sure that we carry out our responsibilities in:

  • external financial reporting
  • internal and external audit
  • internal control and risk management
  • compliance and ethics
  • fraud prevention
  • good governance.

The Committee meets quarterly and reports to council as an Advisory Committee of Council.

Matters commonly discussed at Audit and Risk Committee meetings are:

  • internal and external reports
  • implementation status of audit recommendations
  • financial statements
  • internal audit performance data
  • risk register
  • reports relating to governance, legislative compliance and information technology
  • other reports from council officers.

Members of the Audit and Risk Committee

The Committee is made up of 3 independent members and two Councillor members as follows:

Bruce Potgieter (Chair)

Bruce has over 20 years’ involvement with local government as auditor and consultant and is currently an independent member of five Audit Committees. Bruce is a Chartered Accountant with a background in audit, specialising in the local government and health sectors. He was a former member of the local government taskforce which developed the model budget for the sector and chaired the Municipal Association of Victoria’s Annual Reporting Awards Committee

Marilyn Kearney

Marilyn Kearney was appointed to the Audit and Risk Committee in 2020. Marilyn currently owns and runs a business providing organisations with advisory and consultancy services. Marilyn’s executive career spans over 25 years in both state and local government. Her responsibilities during her 20 plus years in local government, included the full suite of traditional corporate services including finance, internal and external audit and risk management and legal services. Marilyn is currently an independent member of the Maribyrnong City Council Audit Committee and has held advisory roles with School of Management at Monash University, LGPro and Women’s Housing Ltd. Marilyn holds qualifications in Local Government Law and Public Policy and Management. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Planning Institute Australia, Institute Public Policy Australia and LGPro.

Rob Wernli

Robert Wernli was appointed to the Audit Committee in 2019. A partner in DFK Kidsons, he is a career Chartered Accountant with over 35 years of professional public practice experience. His experience is in audit, finance, due diligence, risk and governance advisory. He has particular experience in local government being involved as an independent member of Audit Committees, being the internal auditor for numerous local governments, and being responsible for the performance of external audits in the local government sector as an audit service provider for the Victorian Auditor General’s Office. Robert is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand, a Registered Company Auditor, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Also in attendance at meetings (but unable to vote) are Council’s:

  • CEO
  • Director Governance and Corporate Performance
  • Manager Finance and Assets
  • Manager People and Culture.

The Mayor has a standing invitation to attend the Audit and Risk Committee as a non-voting member.

Internal Audit Plan

Each year we review Council's risk register and talk to management to draw up an annual Internal Audit Plan. An Internal Audit Plan makes sure that audit resources are directed to areas of greatest risk.

That plan is reviewed and approved annually by the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Each quarter, plan execution and follow-up report findings are monitored.

Internal Audit Services

Our internal audit services are provided by Pitcher Partners.

This page was last updated on 17 February 2021.