Audit and Risk Committee

Our Audit and Risk Committee is a formally appointed advisory committee, governed by our Audit and Risk Committee Charter (PDF, 312KB). Its role is to report to us and provide advice and recommendations on matters relevant to its Charter.

What are the Audit and Risk Committee's aims?

The main objectives and functions of the Committee include:

  • reviewing and providing advice on external financial reporting documents
  • effective management of financial and other risks and the protection of Council assets
  • compliance with laws and regulations as well as use of best practice guidelines
  • the effectiveness of the internal audit function
  • the provision of effective communication between the external auditor, internal audit, management and the Council.

What does the Audit and Risk Committee discuss?

The Audit and Risk Committee meets on a quarterly basis. Matters commonly discussed at meetings include:

  • internal and external reports
  • implementation status of audit recommendations
  • financial and performance statements
  • internal audit performance data
  • risk register
  • reports relating to governance, legislative compliance and information technology
  • other reports from Council officers

Audit and Risk Committee members

The Audit and Risk Committee comprises five members – two Councillors and three external, independent members, all of whom have full voting rights. The chairperson is an independent member.

Our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and internal auditor attend all meetings, except when the Committee chooses to meet in camera. All Councillors may attend meetings, and staff and other relevant persons may be invited to advise and provide information.

Here are our current independent members:

Lisa Woolmer

B.Ec., Grad Dip Employment Relations, Grad Dip Japanese Business Communications, CA, GAICD

Lisa has more than 22 years’ experience in a large professional services firm (PwC). Here she worked with clients in the public sector (federal, state and local government), as well as the water, gas, health, education, manufacturing and financial services industries. Lisa has designed and delivered external, internal, compliance and operational audits, and worked in Australia and overseas in these areas.

Lisa’s knowledge of and experience with Local Government comes from more than 14 years working in the Melbourne market as a highly regarded consultant to organisations such as City of Whitehorse, City of Whittlesea, City of Boroondara, Port Phillip City Council, City of Stonnington, CFA and VicRoads.

Craig Geddes


Craig has more than 28 years’ experience in the assurance industry and more than 20 years in the local and state government sectors. Craig is a Partner at Dench McClean Carlson and was recently a member of the Victorian Council of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He's also a qualified Chartered Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.

Craig has been a partner of many outsourced internal audit functions across local government. He also provides probity services to several councils, including Wyndham, Moonee Valley and Mornington Peninsula.

Dr Craig Nisbet

B.Ec., Grad Dip Tax., M.Acc., DBA, FAICD

Craig is an experienced audit, risk management and finance executive. He has extensive experience leading high-performance teams in a range of areas, including Information Technology.

Craig is currently Head of Risk and Internal Audit at ASX-listed agribusiness company, Ridley Corporation Limited. Before this role, Craig spent six years as Executive Group Manager – Risk and IT at Citywide Service Solutions Pty Ltd, which provides physical services to Glen Eira Council. In both roles, Craig was a member of the executive and held ex-officio roles in the respective audit and risk committees.