Audit and Risk Committee Independent Member

Commission for Children and Young People | Public administration


Role length:
Sessional, 3 years
Quarterly, 1-2 hour meetings
Melbourne - CBD
Sessional rates

About the board

The Commission for Children and Young People (the Commission) is pleased to invite applications for a part-time (sessional) position on the Audit and Risk Committee (the Committee). The Committee was established in 2015 to review and provide independent advice to the Commission on matters of financial accountability, internal financial controls, general governance matters, internal audit and risk management.

The Committee provides oversight and advice to the Commission in relation to:

  • the Commission's financial performance
  • the Commission's financial reporting processes
  • matters of accountability and internal control affecting the financial operations of the Commission
  • development, operation and implementation of the Commission's risk management framework
  • charter, scope of work, performance and independence of the Commission's internal audit function
  • effectiveness of management of information systems and other systems
  • oversight of the overall approach towards fraud and corruption control
  • review and monitoring of compliance with the Financial Management Act 1994, Standing Directions and Instructions, and advice to the Commission on the level of compliance attained
  • review and monitoring of remedial actions taken to address compliance deficiencies.

About the role

The Commission’s Committee comprises three independent members (including the Committee’s Chair). The vacancy is for an independent member (non-Chair).

Independent members are appointed for an initial three-year term. Terms may be renewed once only for an additional three-year term.

The members of the Committee are independent and identified as independent in the Commission’s annual report.

There are four Committee meetings per year. The meetings are usually held online via Microsoft Teams between 10am and 12pm on the last Monday of February, May, August and November. Some in-person commitments may be required with appropriate notice.

Along with its three independent members, a number of internal senior executive staff (Principal Commissioner, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Chief Executive Officer, Director Regulation, General Counsel and Manager, Corporate Services) attend the Committee, along with the Commission’s internal auditors.

Who we're looking for

The successful applicant will ideally have a background and experience working for other audit and risk committees and be experienced in the following areas:

  • financial literacy
  • a knowledge of the risks and controls relating to a government agency
  • an understanding of a government agency’s internal audit function
  • a proven ability to demonstrate an independence of judgment
  • relevant industry knowledge or business experience in the public sector.

It is also desirable for an independent member to have a strong understanding of issues relating to vulnerable children and young people in Victoria.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that government boards and committees reflect the rich diversity of the Victorian community. We encourage applications from all genders, people of all ages, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and the LGBTIQA+ community.

What you need to apply

The standard process requires applicants to register an account on the Join a Public Board website prior to applying online.

When you apply for a position, you will be asked to enter your personal details before moving on to a questionnaire.

In the questionnaire, you will have the opportunity to address the key selection criteria and outline your relevant qualifications and experience. Applicants must upload a current curriculum vitae and cover letter with their application.

When collecting and using personal information, the Commission acts in accordance with the Victorian Government Privacy Statement, and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic), which contains the Information Privacy Principles.

Applications close at midnight Friday 22 March, with the appointment to commence from the next Committee meeting on 27 May 2024.

After the closing date, applications will be reviewed and assessed against the requirements of the position. The selection panel will recommend applicants to be shortlisted for interview.

For all enquiries regarding the appointment process or the role itself, please contact