NSW has 128 local councils who employ over 48,000 people, spend more than $12 billion annually on infrastructure, facilities and services to local communities and manage community assets worth $178 billion.
With over 100 local government, county council and joint organisation clients, InConsult is the leader in local government internal audit, assurance, risk and resilience services.
We have conducted over 400 internal audits and reviews across the entire local government audit universe and have provided thousands of realistic recommendations that have:
The audit universe includes the range of potential internal audit activities that can be performed by the internal audit function in a local council or county council. It consists of all the auditable processes, systems, activities, projects, events, frameworks, functions and entities.
Our risk based internal audit approach and our strategic internal audit planning methodology helps to identify the higher risk areas in the audit universe to provide value for money, even when faced with a limited internal audit budget and resources.
Collecting, processing and disposing of waste can cost councils millions of dollars every year. Regular assurance that the financial, environmental, safety and reputational risks involved in waste management are being managed effectively is critical.
Recent problems with poorly constructed buildings have been well documented. Does council have effective controls in place to ensure that buildings under construction are properly inspected and certified?
Councils process hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of development applications every year. Development assessment is complex and occurs in a constantly changing regulatory environment. A structured, well documented and risk based approach to development assessment is key.
Councils collect and spend millions of dollars of contributions from developers for public infrastructure. But can you be sure that the correct amounts are being levied, indexed, collected and spent in a timely manner in accordance with legislation and the council’s contribution plans? In addition, is Council maximising the benefits of Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs) where these are used as an alternative to development contributions?
Councils collectively manage over $170 billion in community assets. Periodic audits can provide assurance that assets are being managed in accordance with asset management plans and strategies as required by relevant legislation.
Councils have responsibility for a range of compliance and enforcement functions including development control, environmental health, food safety, parking, fire safety, abandoned vehicles and illegal dumping. These functions come with high reputational, financial, environmental and safety risks. Regular audits can provide assurance that these functions are being conducted in accordance with legislative requirements and council’s policies and procedures.
Cyber risks are high on the radar of most organisations. The cyber environment for councils is unique and assurance is best delivered by experts in the field who understand the local government operating environment and context.
Achieving value for money when procuring goods and services is important for all organisations but especially for councils. Providing adequate assurance that council’s procurement controls are working effectively requires an auditor who understands the regulatory framework governing procurement in local government.
Councils have unique fraud and corruption risks that arise from high stakes functions like development assessment, building certification, procurement and regulatory compliance. Do Council’s key policies, plans and controls adequately mitigate fraud and corruption risks in these and other key areas?
It is a condition of use of the RMS Drives 24 system that councils undertake an annual audit of their use of the system. InConsult has auditors with many years experience in this area who can conduct thorough audits that will satisfy RMS requirements and ensure that council retains the ability to access the system.
Has your council made commitments or undertakings that relate to the environment or net zero emissions? We can review council’s practices to identify the key gaps.
Our internal audit services are delivered by InConsult’s qualified and experienced audit and risk management professionals, each of whom bring hands-on internal audit experience, much of which has been gained within local government in New South Wales.
Our team members hold formal tertiary qualifications in relevant disciplines including accounting, economics, internal audit, risk management, emergency management, science, information technology and investigations.
Our team members maintain membership of professional bodies that include the Institute of Internal Auditors, Risk Management Institute of Australia, Business Continuity Institute, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. This means that each team member must continue to meet the required level of continuing professional development and standards of professional conduct.
InConsult prides itself on the quality and high standards of our work.
InConsult recently achieved the highest rating in an Independent Internal Audit Quality Assessment conducted by the Institute of Internal Auditors Australia (IIAA).
We have a solid reputation and proven track record of delivering internal audit projects on time and budget.
In 2006, we pioneered research into risk management practices in local government through our Council Wide Risk Management Survey.
InConsult is a prequalified internal audit service provider under LGP218 for Internal Audit and Management Consulting Services.
Internal audit is designed to provide assurance to the CEO, the board (governing body) and stakeholders, that the organisation’s operations are being conducted in a
Internal Audit adds value by objectively evaluating and making recommendations in respect to the internal control environment. This is the traditional ‘third line’ view of
Unless you have worked in local government, it is hard to really appreciate the complexities of many of the business processes and the wide range
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