Audit Committee - Shoalhaven City Council

Risk & Audit Committee

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:

  • Dr Philip Ross (Chairperson) - Dr Ross is appointed for the period of February 2015 to December 2018. Dr Ross has held senior accounting and audit roles in the public and private sector and he is a specialist in risk management, corporate governance and education. He has also held a number of senior positions in academia including Associate Professor and Head of School (Accounting) at the University of Western Sydney. Dr Ross is a Chartered Accountant and he holds a B.Bus (Accounting), M.Com (Accounting) and a PhD (Accounting). He has published in national and international journals on audit and governance issues in local government and he is also the Chair of Audit and Risk committees for the two largest Councils in NSW. 

  • 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.

  • Peter McLean - is appointed for the period of February 2017 to December 2020. The Rule of Law Institute of Australia’s CEO, Peter McLean has a background in State and Local Government as well as the association and not-for-profit industry. After a number of years in State and Local Government, Peter worked for Keep Australia Beautiful where he spent 11 years followed by running the Compost Industry Peak Association before moving into the Rule of Law Institute of Australia. Peter is also an independent Audit and Risk Committee Member on Shoalhaven and Blacktown City Council. 

  • 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 Annette Alldrick – Councillor Allddrick was elected in September 2016 as a representative of ward 3 in September 2016. She has been appointed as a member of the committee in September 2017.

    In the various organisations which Peter has run, he has a proven record in strengthening the organisations public profile, relevance, program reach, funding diversity and financial sustainability. 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.  

Committee Charter

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.

Internal audit

Council also has an  Internal Audit Charter (PDF 78kb) which details the roles and responsibilities of Council's internal audit staff.

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