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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, control and compliance, through monitoring, reporting and making recommendations intended to sustain and improve University performance and systems of internal control, risk management, 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.  KPI’s and the KPI framework, including the audit thereof;
    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 external reviews such as AUQA and TEQSA; and
    iv.  Performance-related strategic initiatives as required

    (b)  Audit

    i.  Internal Audit and related operations, including the reporting of suspected fraud, misconduct and corruption; and
    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 risk management operations;
    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 Occupational Health and Safety activities including ECU’s performance in relation to workers’ compensation insurance; and
    iv.  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; and
    ii.  ECU’s internal investigations into suspected fraud and misconduct.

  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

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