Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC)

About ARIC

The Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) is an advisory committee to Council. It was formerly known as the Internal Audit Committee.

ARIC provides Council with independent assurance (under a Charter) by monitoring, reviewing, and providing oversight of the adequacy and effectiveness of Council’s:

  • risk management
  • internal control
  • internal and external audit
  • financial management and
  • compliance functions


ARIC Charter

The adopted Charter reflects:

  • s428A of the Local Government Act
  • the requirements of the Office of Local Governments (OLG) Risk Management and
  • Internal Audit Framework guidelines

The committee consists of three Councillors and three external independent members.

The committee is selected through a comprehensive public expression of interest process.

The Chair is an external independent member and holds the casting vote where required.

Further details, including current members, is available in the ARIC Charter below:

Key Documents

The Hills Shire Council’s Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) Charter(PDF, 193KB)

Visit the Office of Local Government Website to view the:

Guidelines for Risk Management and Internal Audit for Local Councils in NSW.


ARIC Meetings

The committee meets four times a year. One of these meetings is to review and endorse:

  • Councils externally audited financial statements and
  • the audit opinion of the NSW Audit Office

Extra meetings are scheduled where required.

In line with OLG recommendations these meetings have been closed to the public since 2020. As a result the minutes and agendas are not listed on this website. 

The OLG guidelines require that the Chair report to the governing body annually.

The 2022/23 ARIC annual report, outlining the outcomes of the Committee, will be published on this page.

This annual report replaces the minutes, agenda and audio recordings previously made available to the Community.


ARIC Annual Reports

ARIC Annual Report - 2022-2023(PDF, 3MB)