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Expression of Interest - Independent External Member of the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC)

Job No: CEN3657
Location: Central Coast NSW

Central Coast Council (Council) is seeking Expressions of Interest from a suitably qualified and experienced person to be appointed as an independent external member of Council’s Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (the Committee) for an initial period of three (3) years.

The Committee currently comprises three Independent External Members and two Councillors (or an Administrator during the period of Administration) and meets at least five times per year at the Wyong Council office or remotely.  This is an advisory committee to Council providing independent assurance, oversight and assistance to Council in the areas of risk, control, improvements, governance, financial reporting and performance.  The Committee currently has members with skills and experience in accounting and financial management.  Council is seeking to broaden to other key areas such as risk management and corporate improvement.

Members chosen to serve on the Committee should exhibit an independence of mind in their deliberations and not act as a representative of a particular area of the community or Council and be astute to avoid conflicts of interest.  A standard fee inclusive of travel, preparation and all other costs associated with attending the meetings will be paid for each meeting attended.

Please Note: This role is as a panel member and not an employee of Council.

Essential criteria

The following criteria must be addressed indicating knowledge and experience, in accordance with Council’s Audit, Risk & Improvement Committee Charter, in the following areas:

  1. an ability to read and understand financial statements and a capacity to understand the ethical requirements of government (including potential conflicts of interest)
  2. functional knowledge in areas such as risk management, performance management, human resource management, internal and external auditing, financial reporting, accounting, management control frameworks, internal financial controls, governance (including planning reporting and oversight), or business operations
  3. a capacity to form independent judgements and willingness to constructively challenge/question management practices and information
  4. a professional ethical to the exercise of their duties and the capacity to devote the necessary time and effort to the responsibilities of an independent member of an audit, risk and improvement committee
  5. preparedness to undertake any training on the operation of audit, risk and improvement committees recommended by the chairperson based on their assessment of the skills, knowledge and experience of the independent member
  6. appointed to, or have the qualifications to be appointed to, the NSW Prequalification Scheme - Audit and Risk Committee Independent Chairs and Members.

For further information on the position, including remuneration details, click on the following link for access to the Information Package.

How to apply

Applications are to be submitted using the online application form included as part of this job advertisement. As part of the application, you must answer a series of questions which address a selection criteria. Please ensure that you provide as much detail as possible in response to the questions asked. You will also need to provide a cover letter and current resume as part of your application.

A shortlist of suitable applicants will be asked to progress to a final interview stage.  

For further enquiries: Please contact Edward Hock, Unit Manager Enterprise Risk, ARIC Convenor on 02 4306 7900 or via

Closing Date:  Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 24 May 2024.


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Thank you for your expression of interest.

Apply now using our fast, easy to use on-line application process. 

Don't have access to a computer or electronic device? Applications can be lodged at any of Council's 11 Library locations. Pre-book a free 1 hour computer time-slot by contacting your nearest library or ask at the  Library enquiry counter.

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** It is recommended that you review the questions and prepare your responses in a Word document or similar before commencing your on-line application. Unfortunately your responses will not be saved if you encounter any problems submitting your application.

To lodge your application, please follow the below steps:

Step 1:  Answer the on-line questions shown below. Please ensure that you provide as much detail as possible in response to the questions asked.

Step 2:  Attach a copy of your current resume and covering letter

Once your application is successfully lodged you will receive an automated response sent to your e-mail address. If a response is not received this means that your application has not been successfully submitted and you will need to lodge another application.

IMPORTANT: If you require assistance to lodge your application please contact our Talent Acquisition team by emailing or phone 0409 601 161 to discuss what reasonable adjustments you may need.

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