To ensure internal conformance and accountability, Safe Work Australia has in place:
- financial and human resource delegations
- Accountable Authority Instructions, and
- supporting policies, procedures and guidelines.
The Safe Work Australia Audit Committee operates in accordance with the requirements of the PGPA Act and PGPA Rule 17 – Audit Committee for Commonwealth Entities.
The Audit Committee provides independent assurance and assistance to the CEO on the integrity of Safe Work Australia’s:
- financial data and processes
- risks, controls and compliance framework, and
- external accountability responsibilities.
The Audit Committee comprises three members—a representative from Safe Work Australia and two independent members. The members at 30 June 2019 were:
- Mr Mathew Ford, Chair
- Mr Alfred Bongi
- Ms Anthea Raven.
The Audit Committee met four times during 2018–19, including a September 2018 meeting at which it endorsed Safe Work Australia’s 2017–18 financial statements.
A number of observers regularly attend these meetings, including Safe Work Australia’s Enabling Services Branch Manager and Chief Financial Officer, as well as representatives of the internal audit provider and the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO).
The internal audit program provides assurance to the Audit Committee and the CEO in relation to the efficiency and effectiveness of the policies and procedures of Safe Work Australia.
In 2018–19 the internal audit function was provided by RSM Australia Partners.