Council has established an Audit Committee based on guidelines issued by the Division of Local Government. The Committee membership consists of two Councillors and three appointed members of the community with business and/or governance experience.
The following people are members of the committee:
Mr Peter McLean (Chairperson) - is appointed for the period of February 2017 to December 2020. Peter is a not for profit specialist having led 5 Australian Charities in 4 sectors. He currently is CEO at the Can Too Foundation and originally worked in State and Local Government before moving into the not-for-profit industry. In Peter’s time leading charities, he has successfully strengthened organisations public profiles, community engagement, financial sustainability, social impact and capabilities to reach more people with better services and experiences. Peter holds a degree in Environmental Management, a Masters in Business Administration sub-majoring in Business Law and Public Relations and Certificates in Bush Regeneration and Business Governance. Peter is passionate about assisting and developing effective organisations to better support the communities they serve. He has experience on 5 Council Audit, Risk and Improvement Committees and has worked with councils on many issues throughout his not for profit roles.
Ms. Diana Price - is appointed for the period of January 2016 to December 2019. Ms Price has over 20 years’ experience in the private sector within financial services and currently works as CFO for HLK Group Pty Ltd. Her experience has covered the areas of accounting, operations, compliance, audit, risk management and corporate governance. Ms Price has a BEc (Economics) from the University of Sydney, she is a member of CPA Australia and has previously volunteered as Treasurer on a number of community groups.
Donna Rygate - Donna Rygate is an experienced Chief Executive, independent director, business leader and skilled problem solver with a solid track record of positive transformation of organisations. In addition to holding various board and committee roles, she runs a farming and grazing property in Central Western NSW. From 2014 to 2018 Donna was Chief Executive of Local Government NSW, the peak industry association that represented the interests all NSW general purpose councils and other related organisations.
Councillor Patricia White - Councillor White was elected in September 2016 as a representative of ward 3. She was appointed as an alternate member of the committee on 04 October 2016 and has been appointed as a member in September 2017.
Councillor Jo Gash – Councillor Gash was elected in September 2016 as a representative of ward 2 in September 2016. She has been appointed as a member of the committee in September 2017.
Councillor John Wells – Councillor Wells was elected in September 2016 as a representative of Ward 1. Councillor Wells has previously served as a council representative on the committee. He has been reappointed as a member of the Committee in September 2018.
The objective of the Audit Committee is to provide independent assurance and assistance to the Shoalhaven City Council on risk management, control, governance and external accountability responsibilities.
The Audit Committee Charter (PDF 77kb) sets out the committee's role and operation in more detail.
Council also has an Internal Audit Charter (PDF 78kb) which details the roles and responsibilities of Council's internal audit staff.