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Audit Committee

Under the PGPA Rule requirement (subsection 17(2)(b)), our Audit and Risk Committee has assessed this performance statement, reviewing the performance information, systems and framework and the completeness and appropriateness of our performance reporting.
Under the PGPA Rule requirement (subsection 17AG(2A)), the following information is provided:

(a) http://humanrights.gov.au/sites/default/files/ahrc_audit_and_risk_committee_charter.pdf

(b) Audit Committee Members in 2019–2020: Rachel Holt (Chair), Donna Hargreaves, Andrew Solomom, Rocelle Ago

(c) Qualifications, knowledge and experience of audit committee members

  • Rachel Holt holds a Bachelor of English and Art History and a Masters Of English, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2010. Ms Holt is also a nationally accredited mediator. Ms Holt has worked as a solicitor (in community legal centres), an Investigator Conciliator and Principal Investigator and is currently Senior Executive of the Commission’s Investigation and Conciliation Service (ICS). Ms Holt manages the budget, staffing and overall strategic direction of the ICS and exercises statutory delegation on behalf of the President.
  • Donna Hargreaves holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a Certified Practising Accountant. Ms Hargreaves has held a number of senior roles within the government sector including most recently Director, Financial Governance and Compliance (NDIS), various roles within the Department of Finance and Acting Accountant General (Solomon Islands Ministry of Finance and Treasury). In her roles, Ms Hargreaves has provided high level advice and briefing to Federal Ministers on policy and budgetary matters, managed and prepared monthly financial statements and developed and implemented financial assurance and compliance frameworks.
  • Rocelle Ago holds a Bachelor of International Studies, Bachelor of Laws (Hons Class I), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and a Master of Laws and was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia in 2006. Ms Ago is currently Principal Director, Freedom of Information at the Office of Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). In her role, Ms Ago manages the Australian Information Commissioner’s regulatory functions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. Ms Ago has worked in legal regulatory and policy roles across various agencies including the OAIC, Department of Health, Attorney-General’s Department and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

(d) The Audit and Risk Committee held 5 meetings in 2019–2020 on these dates:

20 August 2019
10 September 2019
10 December 2019
3 March 2020
26 May 2020.

Rachel Holt and Donna Hargreaves attended all Audit and Risk Committee meetings in 2019–2020. Andrew Solomon resigned from the Audit and Risk Committee on 15 October 2019. He attended Audit and Risk Committee meetings on 20 August 2019 and 10 September 2019. Rocelle Ago was appointed to the Audit and Risk Committee on 26 November 2019, was an apology for the 10 December 2019 meeting and attended/participated in the Audit and Risk Committee meetings on 3 March 2020 and 26 May 2020. It is noted that the meeting on 26 May 2020 was conducted remotely due to COVID-19.

(e) No Audit and Risk Committee member was remunerated for their service on the committee during this period.