IP Australia Audit Committee
IP Australia’s Audit Committee was established by the Director General in accordance with Section 17 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014. The functions of the committee are set out in the Audit Committee Charter, December 2019.
IP Australia’s Audit Committee comprises a majority of independent members. Members of the committee were selected based on their expertise and ability to discharge the functions of the Committee in line with the Charter.
Table 11: During 2019–20, the Committee met in September and December 2019 and March and June 2020.
Ms Anne O’Donnell
Ms O’Donnell has more than 40 years of experience in the finance sector and is an experienced executive and non-executive director in the listed, not-for-profit and mutual sectors. Ms O’Donnell holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts, Banking and Finance and is a Senior Fellow of FINSIA and a Fellow of AICD.
Ms Jennifer Morison
Ms Morison FCA, B.Ec (Sydney Uni) has thirty- eight years of broad experience in the accounting profession, commerce and government. Ms Morison founded Morison Consulting Pty Limited in 1996 and brings a wealth of experience, having held roles as an independent member and Chair of Commonwealth Audit and Risk Committees and Financial statement Sub-Committees for large and small government entities for the last 17 years.
Dr David Bryant
Dr Bryant is a Senior ACS Certified Professional (PCP) and AIPM Certified Practising Project Director (CPPD) and specialises in IT governance and projects. Dr Bryant also holds roles as an independent member of other Commonwealth department audit and investment committees and was a member of IP Australia’s Business Investment Committee during 2019–20.
Ms Paula Adamson
IP Australia member
Ms Adamson is the General Manager of IP Australia’s Trade Marks and Designs Group and provides technical specialist knowledge of IP Australia’s operations.
Ms Edel Kairouz
IP Australia member
Ms Kairouz is the General Manager of IP Australia’s Patents Chemical, Plant Breeder’s Right and Electrical Group and provides technical specialist knowledge of IP Australia’s operations.
Ms Julie Gale
IP Australia member (retired)
Ms Gale was a Supervising Examiner of Patents in IP Australia and provided technical specialist knowledge of IP Australia’s operations
*The figures above include GST. Independent members are engaged as contractors in accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules. IP Australia members are employees and do not receive remuneration for participating as a member of the Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee's Charter can be found on IP Australia's website.