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Quality, Audit and Risk Committee

Terms of Reference

  1. To advise and assist Council in the effective discharge of its fiduciary duties of governance and stewardship in respect of ongoing performance, risk management, control and compliance, through monitoring, reporting and making recommendations intended to sustain and maintain University performance and systems of internal control, risk management, continuous quality improvement, business continuity and legislative compliance.
  2. Without limiting the generality of (1) above, the Committee will monitor and provide recommendations, advice and reports to Council on:

    (a)  Performance and Quality Improvement

    i.  KPIs including the external audit thereof, and other indicators in the ECU Performance Indicator Framework.
    ii.  Summary reports on key internally commissioned reviews, for example, School Reviews, Annual Faculty and Centre Reviews, Research Centre Reviews and Triennial Reviews of off-shore operations.
    iii.  Significant externally imposed reviews such as those required by TEQSA.
    iv.  The alignment of continuous improvement at all levels of the University, including performance-related strategic initiatives designed to improve its capability to deliver outcomes for students and stakeholders.

    (b)  Audit

    i.  Audit Assurance (internal audit) and related operations, including the reporting of suspected fraud, misconduct and corruption.
    ii.  External Audit and related operations including other reviews that the Auditor General may conduct from time-to-time.

    (c)  Risk

    i.  The risk management framework and strategic and operational risk management.
    ii.  Business Continuity Planning and testing including how ECU deals with Critical Incidents that arise from time-to-time.
    iii.  Annual reports on insurance renewals and ECU's performance in relation to workers' compensation insurance.
    iv.  Occupational Safety and Health activities including regulatory compliance and incident reporting. 
    v.   Oversight of risk management and audit arrangements for partially controlled entities, as defined under Voluntary Code of Best Practice for the Governance of Australian Universities 13.

    (d)  Compliance

    i.  ECU’s legislative compliance framework and its operation.
    ii.  ECU’s internal investigations into suspected fraud and misconduct and corruption.

  3. To report to Council as required on such other matters as may be referred to the Committee by the Council, Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor.
  4. To make decisions on matters delegated to the Committee by Council.

Membership and meetings

See downloads for more information on the membership and meeting schedule of the Quality, Audit and Risk Committee

Agendas and minutes

To enquire about access to agendas and minutes from the Quality, Audit and Risk Committee please contact the Committee Secretary below.

Quality, Audit and Risk Committee Secretary
Adviser, University Governance

Ms Janet Bartolomei
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2615
Email: j.bartolomei@ecu.edu.au

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