Committees of Council

 Council has appointed the following advisory committees of Council:

Audit & Risk Management Committee

The primary objective of the Audit and Risk Management Committee is to accept responsibility for the annual external audit and liaise with the local government’s auditor so that Council can be satisfied with the performance of the local government in managing its financial affairs. The Committee will also oversee critical areas including risk management & internal audit.

Reports from the committee will assist Council in discharging its legislative responsibilities of controlling the local government’s affairs, determining the local government’s policies and overseeing the allocation of the local government’s finances and resources. The committee will ensure openness in the local government’s financial reporting and will liaise with the CEO to ensure the effective and efficient management of local government’s financial accounting systems and compliance with legislation.

The committee is to facilitate:

  • the enhancement of the credibility and objectivity of external & internal financial reporting;
  • compliance with laws and regulations as well as use of best practise guidelines relative to auditing;
    • the coordination of the internal audit
    • function with the external audit
  • effective oversight of financial and other risks and the protection of Council assets
  • the provision of an effective means of communication between the external auditor, the CEO and the Council.

Terms of Reference – Audit & Risk Management Committee

Bush Fire Advisory Committee (BFAC)

Northam Bush Fire Advisory Committee is established pursuant to Section 5.8 of the Local Government Act 1995 and Section 67 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 within the local government boundaries of the Shire of Northam. The committees objective is to provide efficient and responsive fire service and as a Committee to advise the Council on matters relating to bush fire, make recommendations and advise Council on all matters relating to bush fire planning, control, management and rehabilitation.

To liaise with other emergency organisations and relevant bodies with regard to Fire and Emergency Management within the Shire of Northam.

Reports from the committee will assist Council in discharging its legislative responsibilities of controlling the local government’s affairs, determining the local government’s policies and overseeing the allocation of the local government’s finances and resources.

Terms of Reference - BFAC

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Review Committee

The primary objective of the Shire of Northam CEO Review Committee is to make recommendations to Council on the Shire of Northam’s CEO’s past performance and future performance requirements.

Terms of Reference - CEO Review Committee

Community Safety Committee

The objective of the Shire of Northam Community Safety Committee (hereto referred to as the Committee) is to enhance community safety and reduce criminal and anti-social behaviour through a collaboration of key interests and agencies.

Terms of Reference - Community Safety Committee

Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC)

The Shire of Northam has established the Shire of Northam Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) under section 38 of the Emergency Management Act.

Terms of Reference - LEMC

Nyoongar Cultural Advisory Group

The primary objective of NCAG is to provide guidance and recommendations to the Shire of Northam on all Nyoongar related matters focusing on the BKB Centre for Nyoongar Culture & Environmental Knowledge and the development of a community wide Reconciliation Action Plan.

Terms of Reference - Nyoongar Cultural Advisory Group