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Audit Committee

Our Audit Committee's role is to enhance the corporate governance of Council by providing independent oversight, review and advice on our governance, risk, control and compliance framework.

In February 2010, Council resolved to establish an Audit Committee as an advisory committee of Council.

The committee reports to Council and provides independent advice and recommendations on matters relevant to the committee's charter. It also acts as a forum for communication between our Council, General Manager, senior management, internal audit and external audit.

The Audit Committee comprises 2 Councillors and 3 independent external representatives. They are:

The appointment of Mr Ben Niland, Mr Frank Cordingley and Mr Shaun Mahony as independent external representatives to the Audit Committee is up until 30 June 2022.

Ben Niland has over 13 years experience working in large NSW government organisations. Ben has experience in risk management, auditing programs and working within a legislative framework. Ben has been an independent external member of Council's Audit Committee for four years demonstrating a high level of practical and conceptual financial management accounting skill with knowledge of internal controls, policies and procedures.

Frank Cordingley has over 20 years' experience working in both the private and public sectors. As Director Corporate Services for Hunter Health, Frank also held the position as an independent member on the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Health Support Services. In addition, Frank was also a Director on the Board of Newcastle Airport Ltd and a member of their Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Shaun Mahony has over 20 years experience working in professional accounting firms providing audit, accounting and business advice to a broad range of clients including public companies, government organisations, not for profit entities and private companies. Shaun has also held senior finance roles overseeing finance, information technology and communications, human resources and administration functions.

Councillor Glen Dunkley was elected as an East Ward Councillor in September 2017. Read Glen's biography on our Mayor and Councillors page.

Councillor Chris Doohan was elected as a Central Ward Councillor in September 2012 and has been Deputy Mayor in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020. Read Chris's biography on our Mayor and Councillors page.


Audit Committee Charter

Audit Committee Minutes

Audit Committee Annual Reports

Please contact us if you want to view minutes from previous years.