Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) is an independent body established in accordance with the Standing Directions 2018 under the Financial Management Act 1994. The ARC is an independent advisory committee reporting directly to the Secretary.  The Secretary appoints all committee members based on their qualifications and experience to ensure that the committee can adequately discharge its duties. The Chief Finance Officer and the Chief Audit Executive attend all ARC meetings. The ARC meets six to seven times a year as determined by the Chair.

The ARC provides the Secretary with independent assurance on the department’s:

  • financial and performance reporting
  • risk oversight and management
  • internal control systems
  • legislative and policy compliance.

Membership

The ARC comprises three independent members (including an independent Chair) and two internal members.

Michael Perry (Chair)

Michael Perry is the Chair of DJPR’s Audit and Risk Committee. He is also an independent member of the Department’s Integrity Committee.

Prior to the 2019 Machinery of Government changes, he was the Chair of the DEDJTR Audit, Risk and Integrity Committee.

Michael is a retired Chartered Accountant, having been a partner at Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen, specialising in audit, financial consulting services, business planning, internal audit and risk management.

Michael is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

David Clements

David Clements is the Deputy Secretary of the Inclusion Group at the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

Since 2003, David has held numerous executive roles in the Departments of Health and Human Services; Education and Training; and Premier and Cabinet.

David holds Bachelor degrees in Business and Social Work; a Masters of Public Policy and Management; and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nanette Fitzgerald

Nanette Fitzgerald is the Executive Director of Industry Development and Participation within DJPR and is responsible for the development and implementation of policy, strategies and initiatives to drive economic growth through local investment, jobs, employment, inclusion and trade outcomes. Nanette also oversees the government’s Local Jobs First Policy.

Prior to this she was responsible for DEDJTR’s response to the closure of the automotive industry and support to industry through the volatility of gas and electricity prices.

Nanette has worked across government in multiple agencies including land and emergency management roles within Parks Victoria and the State Control Centre.

Nanette is also a member of the Department’s Integrity Committee.

Pam Mitchell

Pam Mitchell is a member of DJPR’s Audit and Risk Committee. Prior to the 2019 Machinery of Government changes she was also a member of the DEDJR Audit, Risk and Integrity Committee.

Pam is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the establishment, documentation, financial and risk management and reporting of property and investment funds management businesses and superannuation funds.

She holds non-executive directorships with various State Government Boards and is a member of several State and Federal Government audit committees.

Pam is a member of the Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand and has a Bachelor of Business degree.

Patricia Neden

Patricia Neden is an independent member of DJPR’s Audit and Risk Committee. Previously she was the CEO of Innovation and Business Skills Australia and Deputy Secretary Skills in the Victorian Government.

Patricia has held positions on a number of boards including the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, the Australia Pacific Training Consortium, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and the Victorian College of the Arts.

Patricia is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration and a Diploma of Education.

Page last updated: 2 July 2020