What do audit committees do?
Audit committees play an important role in supporting the governance of Commonwealth entities, providing independent advice to accountable authorities, assisting them to meet their duties and obligations under the PGPA Act and supporting the development of key practice and capacity within Commonwealth entities.
Guidance on the role of audit committees
The guide on the role of audit committees covers matters that an accountable authority can consider when determining their audit committee's functions, structure and conduct.
- A guide for non-corporate Commonwealth entities on the role of audit committees
- A guide for corporate Commonwealth entities on the role of audit committees
Model charter for audit committees
The charter is an accountable authority’s blueprint for their audit committee’s operations.
The model audit committee charter assists accountable authorities to develop a written charter for their audit committee. It lists legislative requirements and highlights additional matters to consider when developing the charter.
Sourcing audit committee members
Audit committees must have a majority of independent members.
The professional peak bodies listed below can assist accountable authorities to find appropriately skilled independent audit committee members. Using these professional peak bodies and their services is optional.
|Professional peak bodies
|Australian Institute of Company Directors
Directorship Opportunities Partner
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Phone: 1300 739 119
|An advertisement for a specific audit committee role can be placed on the Australian Institute of Company Directors website by a Commonwealth entity. This advertisement can outline the specific skills sets and requirements the entity is seeking.
|Governance Institute of Australia
Mr Jack Hammond
Digital Marketing Specialist
Phone: 02 9233 5744
|The Governance Institute of Australia can advertise an audit committee position to its membership via the ‘Governance career opportunities’ webpage on the website. The text must be formatted as per guidelines available.
|Institute of Internal Auditors – Australia
Ms Lynette Mason
Executive Officer & Company Secretary
Phone: 02 8268 5811
|The Institute of Internal Auditors Australia has established a database of prequalified professional members with the appropriate specialist skill set.
|Chartered Accountants Australia and
Mr Richard Lindsay
Regional Manager – ACT
Phone: 02 9290 5618
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand can work with a Commonwealth entity to determine individual requirements. They can provide a shortlist of potential candidates for an audit committee, sourcing candidates through their existing databases and networks.
Ms Kimberley Ohayon
General Manager - ACT
Phone: 02 6267 8556
|CPA Australia can advertise an audit committee position to a targeted membership group (likely to be those that hold fellow membership status).
|ISACA Canberra Chapter
(IT Governance Specialists)
Mr Alistair Nicholson
Canberra Chapter President
|ISACA’s membership profile includes individuals that have experience in IT security, IT auditing, IT risk management and those specialising in IT governance more broadly. ISACA will source potential candidates through an expression of interest process and can work with Commonwealth entities to provide a shortlist of suitable candidates.
|The Australian Computer Society (ACS)
Mr Rupert Grayston
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 02 9299 3666
|ACS can advertise audit committee positions to those members that have expertise in IT governance, information management, information security, procurement, contract management and technology auditing (minimum professional standard level 5 of the Skills Framework for the Information Age) and can provide a shortlist of suitable candidates.
|Risk Management Institution of Australasia (RMIA)
Mr Simon Levy
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 02 9095 2500
|RMIA will work with a Commonwealth entity to determine individual requirements and can shortlist suitable applicants from within their network of Certified Practicing Risk Managers (CPRMs). RMIA can also advertise an audit committee position to its membership via electronic direct mails, linked-in and on their website.