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Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee


The Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) is an independent appraisal and consulting function established within Council to examine and evaluate its internal audit and enterprise risk management activities. The Committee provides a monitoring/advisory role to Council but does not have executive power or authority to implement actions.


The main purpose and function of the ARIC is to assist Council in discharging its enterprise risk management responsibilities by evaluating the design and implementation of Council’s risk management systems, ascertaining risk exposures and current trends, and monitoring the adequacy and effectiveness of risk reporting and risk management responses. Specifically the ARIC provides support to Council and the community by:

  • Improving the processes and accountability within Council.
  • Identifying redundancies in operational and control procedures and providing recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness of Council.
  • Providing an early warning system, enabling deficiencies to be identified and remediated on a timely basis.

Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Members

The ARIC consists of one Councillor and three external independent representatives. The Councillor Representatives are appointed by Council yearly in accordance with Council's Code of Meeting Practice. The ARIC Charter requires the Chairperson of the Committee to be selected from the external independent Committee representatives.

Current members of the Committee are:

  • Mr Terry Bunn, Chairperson, Independent External Member
  • Mr Roger FitzGerald, Independent External Member
  • Councillor Mitchell Nadin


The Committee meets no less than 4 times per year.

ARIC Charter

The functions of the ARIC are detailed within the committee charter as detailed below:

Expression of Interest Volunteer Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee Independent Members

Applications are sought from suitably qualified and experienced members of the community to be appointed as a volunteer independent external member of Bega Valley Shire Council's Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee. The Committee meets four times a year in Bega. One external member of the Committee will have a strong financial management and/or audit background, with an understanding of accounting and auditing standards in a public sector environment.  Other desirable skills include legal, governance, risk management, information and communications technology (ICT) and business management. The following criteria will be considered in relation to skills and experience when assessing applications:

  • Relevant professional qualifications
  • Relevant professional knowledge and expertise
  • Understanding of / experience in the public sector / local government
  • Understanding of the role of corporate governance in organisations
  • Current / prior experience on similar committees in the local government sector


An information pack outlining the required skills and experience of the external Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee members can be downloaded here:

ARIC Information Pack

Closing Date:

All interested applicants must submit a cover letter detailing their suitability for the role and a current resume with a minimum of two referees to Council by close of business Friday, 01 November 2019.

Further information:

For further information about the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee, and/or the role of the external committee members, please contact James Dangers, Risk & Internal Audit Coordinator, (02) 6499 2222.

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