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Audit and Risk Management Committee

Overview

The Australian Public Service Commissioner (the Commissioner) established the Audit and Risk Management Committee (the ARMC) in compliance with section 45 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and section 17 of PGPA Rule. The full charter for the ARMC is available from the Commission’s website:

https://www.apsc.gov.au/audit-and-risk-management-committee-charter

The ARMC's role is to provide independent advice to the Commissioner, consistent with the mandatory requirements outlined above. The ARMC also provides assurance on external accountability requirements. It is not responsible for the executive management of these functions.

The ARMC is assisted by the Commission’s internal audit function. This function is responsible for delivering an internal audit program in line with the ARMC's guidance, and subject to approval by the Commissioner. The ARMC exercises a governance role in relation to the Commission's internal audit function.

Consistent with the current requirements of the PGPA Act, membership consists of three external and one internal member. Members of the ARMC will bring their own knowledge, experience and skills and do not represent any particular interest or part of the Commission.

External Membership

Ms Carol Lilley (Chair)

Ms Lilley is an independent board director and chair or member of a number of Commonwealth Government audit committees. She was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has over 20 years’ experience in financial statement audit, internal audit, and project and risk management, with a particular focus on government.

Ms Lilley holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a certified internal auditor, and was a registered company auditor.

Ms Lilley attended all of the four meetings held during 2019-20. She took over the role of Chair for the last 3 meetings of the year. Ms Lilley was remunerated a total of $17,820 (including GST) for the 2019-20 year.

Ms Maria Storti (Member)

Ms Storti serves as an independent member of a number of Commonwealth Government entities’ audit committees and is a non-executive director. She was a partner at Ernst & Young Advisory and has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the areas of audit, consultancy and risk. She has over 30 years of experience in financial management and has also held senior executive roles in various sectors, including government.

Ms Storti is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Australian Institute of Internal Auditors and holds a Masters in Business Administration and a degree in economics.

Ms Storti attended all of the four meetings held during 2019-20. Ms Storti was remunerated a total of $12,500 (including GST) for the 2019-20 year.

Mr Paul Smith (Member)

Mr Smith is an independent management consultant and an independent member for a number of Commonwealth Government entities’ Audit Committees including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has experience in operating in executive committee roles across all facets of consulting organisations, including strategy, operations, and compliance. He also has over 35 years’ experience in financial management and ICT consulting to public sector, commercial, and not-for-profit organisations. Mr Smith has been a Partner in professional consulting firms for over 21 years and is currently Managing Director of Narrung Consulting Pty Ltd, a social enterprise management consulting firm.

Mr Smith’s qualifications include Bachelor of Commerce (ANU); Fellow, CPA Australia; Senior Certified Professional, Australian Computer Society; and Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Smith attended two out of the four meetings held during 2019-20. Mr Smith was remunerated a total of $5,000 (including GST) for the 2019-20 year.

Mr Jeff Lamond PSM (Former Chair)

Mr Lamond has substantial experience (seven years) as CEO of small company and 34 years public service employment including 13 years at the Senior Executive Service. Mr Lamond served as a Statutory Office Holder as the APS Merit Protection Commissioner for six and a half years. He has managed his own consultancy since 2008 covering employment, values and ethics and personnel policy. For 10 years, Mr Lamond has served as Internal Ombudsman in two agencies addressing personnel, entitlements and management issues. He has substantial experience with audit, having chaired or sat as independent member on 7 audit and risk committees for a range of Australian Government Agencies.

Mr Lamond holds formal economics and accounting qualifications and a graduate qualification in legal studies.

Mr Lamond attended the one of the four meetings held during 2019-20. He ceased as Chair of the ARMC after the first meeting of the year. Mr Lamond was remunerated a total of $3,089 (including GST) for the 2019-20 year.

Internal Membership

Mr Marco Spaccavento (Member)

Mr Spaccavento is Group Manager Workplace Relations, since 2016. He has been an employee of the APSC since 2010. Mr Spaccavento is experienced in the development and application of Government policy, public sector management, and internal agency administration matters. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.

Mr Spaccavento attended one out of the four meetings held during 2019-20. As Mr Spaccavento is an internal member, he is not provided additional remuneration for his role within the ARMC.

Ms Caroline Walsh (Former Member)

Ms Walsh is Group Manager of the Inclusion Group at the Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Laws (Hons) and was admitted as solicitor to the Supreme Court of the ACT. She has been a public servant for over 20 years and has held senior executive roles in Federal and State governments covering policy, service delivery and regulation.

Ms Walsh attended two out of the four meetings held during 2019-20. As Ms Walsh is an internal member, she is not provided additional remuneration for her role within the ARMC.