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PM&C’s governance committees, outlined in Table 3.1, ensured good governance across the Department and supported the Secretary and other senior executives in fulfilling their corporate and governance responsibilities.

Table 3.1: Departmental committees and their purposes



Executive Board

Provided senior leadership and strategic direction over the delivery of Government and other departmental priorities and objectives. It made key decisions and reviewed risks with a primary focus on Government priorities, strategic planning in policy and service delivery, performance monitoring, innovation and diversity.

Audit and Risk Committee

Provided independent advice and assistance to the Secretary and the executive on the appropriateness of PM&C’s financial and performance reporting responsibilities, risk oversight and management, and systems of internal control.

Inclusion and Diversity Committee

Promoted inclusion and diversity initiatives, and change within the Department. It provided strategic advice on the Department's inclusion and diversity strategy and objectives and their alignment with business goals.

Consultative Committee

Provided a mechanism for general staff consultation between management and employee representatives on workplace relations matters that affected employees. It played an important role in ensuring that staff have a voice on issues affecting their employment conditions and corporate matters at PM&C.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee

Provided a formal mechanism for consultation and cooperation on work health and safety matters that affect workers.

Audit and Risk Committee

The PM&C Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) provided independent advice and assistance to the Secretary and the executive.

The ARC Charter set out the ARC's role, authority, responsibilities, composition and tenure, reporting, and administrative arrangements. The ARC Charter can be found at https://www.pmc.gov.au/pmc/who-we-are/accountability-and-reporting/audit-and-risk-committee.

Table 3.2 provides information about the membership of the ARC between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020.

Table 3.2: Audit and Risk Committee membership, meeting attendance and remuneration, 2019–20

Audit and Risk Committee member name and title

Qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience

Number of meetings attended/total number of meetings held

Member remuneration (excl. GST)

Carol Lilley (Chair)

Carol Lilley is the Chair of the PM&C Audit and Risk Committee. She has been an independent member since June 2019 and Chair since September 2019.

Ms Lilley’s experience and qualifications are as follows:

  • Ms Lilley is currently serving on a range of Australian Government audit committees, including Department of Home Affairs, Services Australia, Australian Federal Police and Austrade.
  • She is the Deputy Chair of Icon Water and has had other director roles in the Australian Government and the private sector.
  • She is also the Chair of two Australian Capital Territory Government Directorate Audit Committees (Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development; and Transport Canberra and City Services).
  • She is a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (2004–2011). She is now an independent director and audit committee member. Her background is in financial statements, internal audit and risk management.
  • Ms Lilley has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Western Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and a certified internal auditor.



Paul Smith (Independent Member)

Paul Smith is an independent management consultant. He has been an independent member of PM&C’s Audit and Risk Committee since November 2019.

Mr Smith’s experience and qualifications are as follows:

  • Mr Smith has operated in executive committee roles across all facets of consulting organisations, including strategy, operation and compliance.
  • He has over 35 years’ experience in financial management and ICT consulting to public sector, commercial and not-for-profit organisations.
  • He has been a partner in professional consulting firms for 21 years. He was Founding Partner of Callida Consulting.
  • He is a Fellow of CPA Australia; a Senior Certified Professional of the Australian Computer Society and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
  • Mr Smith's qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University (ANU).



Maria Storti (Independent Member)

Maria Storti has been an independent member of PM&C’s Audit and Risk Committee since 2018. She is Chair of PM&C’s Financial Statements Sub-Committee (FSSC). She was Acting Chair for the committee's August 2019 meeting.

Ms Storti’s experience and qualifications are as follows:

  • Ms Storti specialises in financial management, governance and risk management.
  • She has served in senior executive roles and consultancy for over three decades.
  • She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Her experience includes EY Performance Improvement Partner, Deputy CEO at Defence Housing Australia and Vice-President Governance & Development at the University of Canberra.
  • Ms Storti's qualifications include a Master of Business Administration.



(This includes Ms Storti’s remuneration as Chair of the FSSC)

Jeff Lamond (Chair until September 2019)

Jeff Lamond served as an independent member of PM&C’s Audit and Risk Committee from July 2013 and as Chair from April 2014 until September 2019.

Mr Lamond’s qualifications and experience are as follows:

  • Mr Lamond had a 33 year career in the Australian Public Service (APS). For the last 14 years he served as an Senior Executive Service (SES) officer.
  • His roles included the Statutory Office of Merit Protection Commissioner and SES Band 2 officer in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.



Stephanie Foster (SES Member)

Stephanie Foster is Deputy Secretary, Governance, at PM&C. She served as internal SES member of the PM&C Audit and Risk Committee from 11 December 2017 to 30 March 2020.

Ms Foster’s experience is as follows:

  • Ms Foster was Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner from 2013 to 2017.
  • She was Deputy Secretary Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports from 2011 to 2013.
  • She was Deputy Secretary Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government from 2008 to 2011.



Deborah Anton (SES Member)

Deborah Anton is a career public servant who has held senior executive roles across a range of portfolios. She has served as an internal member of the PM&C Audit and Risk Committee since November 2019.

Ms Anton’s experience and qualifications are as follows:

  • Ms Anton has experience in policy, program design and delivery and has served as the Chief Operating Officer of IP Australia.
  • She has served as the Interim National Data Commissioner since 9 August 2018. In this role she is charged with leading APS reforms to data sharing.
  • Ms Anton holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and Masters of Management (Industry Strategy) from the ANU. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.