Expression of Interest: Chair of Council Audit Committee

Job No: CCC274
Location: Cessnock, NSW, 2325

Cessnock City Council (Council) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals for the appointment as independent Chair of Council’s Audit Committee for a period of three (3) years commencing February 2020.

Cessnock City Council provides a diverse range of services and facilities for the residents within the local government area, as well as visitors. We employ approximately 380 employees and are situated within the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, approximately 120 kilometres north of Sydney and 40 kilometres west of Newcastle.

The Audit Committee meets at least four (4) times per year usually on a Tuesday in Cessnock.  The Committees objective is to provide independent assurance and assistance to Council on risk management, internal control, governance and external accountability procedures.  The Committee ensures there is an adequate and effective system of internal control throughout Council and assists in the operation and implementation of the Internal and External Audit Plans.

Members of the Committee are expected to:

  • Understand the relevant legislative and regulatory requirements appropriate to Cessnock City Council;
  • Contribute the time needed to study and understand the papers provided;
  • Apply good analytical skills, objectivity and good judgment;
  • Express opinions frankly, ask questions that go to the fundamental core of issues, and pursue independent lines of enquiry;
  • Uphold the values and objectives of the organisation;
  • Attend all Committee meetings as scheduled; and
  • Treat all matters as confidential.

All Committee members are expected to acknowledge, and comply with, Council’s Code of Conduct.

Cessnock City Council Committee Charter


$15,000 per annum (ex GST), including travel, for all meetings and an annual presentation to Council. 

Close Date:  Thursday 26 September at 11.30pm

How to Apply:

Please complete the application form below and provided detailed answers to the questions which relate to the essential and desirable criteria within the role description, then upload a copy of your resume and cover letter. For more information on how to address the selection criteria please visit:

You may find it helpful to write your responses to the questions in a word document then copy/paste this into the application form once you are ready to submit your application.

Contact for the position: Darrylen Allan, Acting Director - Corporate and Community Services on 4993 4260 or Robert Maginnity, Interim General Manager on 4993 4175.

Guided by staff values of integrity, respect, teamwork, accountability and excellence, Cessnock City Council is indeed an attractive, thriving Council and employer of choice.

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