Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee is an independent advisory committee to council and operates under an Audit and Risk Committee Charter(PDF, 237KB)The committee was established to assist in the effective conduct of council’s responsibilities for good governance, the management of risk, financial reporting and maintenance of reliable systems and internal controls in order to facilitate the achievement of its organisational objectives in an efficient, effective and ethical manner.

The composition of the committee 

The Audit and Risk Committee consists of at least three members, the majority of whom must be independent of council, and Councillors. Council appoints committee members and the committee chair who must be independent. The majority of members of the committee are required to demonstrate, collectively, expertise in financial management and risk and experience in public sector management.

The committee consists of the following members:


Mr Peter Knights (Chair) - first appointed 2002
Mr Tony Roberts - first appointed August 2013
Ms Lynn Jensz - first appointed April 2019

Independent members are appointed for a three-year term and are eligible to be reappointed after the expiry of their term.

Upon the completion of an independent member's three-year term, the member's position becomes vacant. Council invites suitable applicants to fill the vacancy via an advertisement in the public newspapers, an interview process is conducted and council then appoints the successful applicant at the next council meeting. 


Cr Kevin Erwin - member since 2003
Cr Rob Haswell

Councillors are appointed annually to the Audit and Risk Committee. The Mayor may be a member of the Audit and Risk Committee if they are one of the councillor representatives.

Council sets the remuneration for the external independent Audit and Risk Committee members at $265 per meeting attended and $2,635pa for the chair.