Our committees

You can find out more about the purpose of each committee and which councillors attend on our Advisory and other committees page.

Audit and risk committee

The Audit and Risk Committee oversees and monitors the effectiveness of Council in carrying out its responsibilities for accountable financial management, good corporate governance, maintaining an effective system of internal control and risk management and fostering an ethical environment.

The committee meets 4 times a year. Recommendations from each Audit and Risk Committee meeting are subsequently reported to and considered by Council.

Internal audit

The following internal audit reviews were commissioned as part of the internal audit plan for FY2021-22:

  • Swimming pool registrations and safety of building structures
  • Asset Management
  • Legislative Compliance Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Continuity Management
  • Follow-Up Review
  • Information Security.

External audit

We are audited externally by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO).

Council Advisory Committees

Arts and Culture

Boroondara Eisteddfod Advisory Committee update

The Eisteddfod Advisory Committee meets 4 to 5 times per year. The committee provided support and feedback into the challenging delivery experienced during 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ability to continue to deliver the Eisteddfod during 2020 and 2021 has resulted in record registrations for the 2022 program, which will be delivered in person. The committee plays a lead role in consideration of adjudicators, sponsors, volunteers, and accompanists, as well as the Camerata Orchestra which will feature in the Piano Concerto finale.

Boroondara Arts Advisory Committee update

The Boroondara Arts Advisory Committee has convened quarterly during 2022. Items considered in this forum have included specific curated programs and how best to engage local artists, ongoing mechanisms of support for local artists and community creative organisations, and the ability to consider sponsorship and partnership opportunities with Council.

Community Planning and Development

Boroondara Public Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee update

The Boroondara Public Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee (BPHWAC) met on 15 December 2021 and 21 March 2022. The most recent meeting was in person on 20 June 2022 at Council.

The meeting included:

  • a presentation from YMCA sharing early findings from a recent evaluation of access and inclusion at YMCA centres, in collaboration with Deakin University
  • a presentation from Access Health and Community on the new Access to Community (A2C) program, which seeks to increase social connections and improve mental wellbeing of socially isolated residents
  • a presentation on the Boroondara Disability Action Plan refresh, seeking support and feedback from members to increase engagement of residents and service providers information sharing by members
  • a facilitated discussion to inform the refresh of the Boroondara Disability Action Plan.

Boroondara Community Safety Advisory Committee update

The Boroondara Community Safety Advisory Committee met on 17 November 2021 and 23 February 2022. The most recent meeting was a hybrid meeting on Wednesday 25 May 2022 with the following agenda items discussed:

  • a presentation on the future directions for the committee
  • a presentation on the refresh of the Disability Action Plan
  • a presentation and discussion on Community safety month activities
  • a presentation from Swinburne University on the National Student Safety Survey
  • an update on graffiti management
  • an update on crime and safety
  • updates from members about crime and safety activities.

Boroondara Community Strengthening Grants Assessment Panel update

The Boroondara Community Strengthening Grants Assessment Panel met to consider 3 rounds of community grants in FY2021-22, including the 2021-22 Annual Grants (up to $10,000), and 2 rounds of Small (Biannual) Grants (up to $3,000). The Panel recommended a total of 137 applications for a range of projects and activities that will contribute to community strengthening across the 3 grant rounds.

Health and Wellbeing Services

Boroondara Early Years Advisory Committee update

The committee met on 18 November 2021 and 24 February 2022. The last meeting was held on 26 May 2022. Key discussions from last meeting related to a presentation about School Transitions from Helen Inglis (Kindergarten Improvement Advisor). Committee members gave updates.

Liveable Communities

Marketplace Development Fund (MDF) update

The MDF Committee met quarterly throughout the year and embarked on a new marketing campaign involving the creation of monthly articles, showcasing the market and broader Camberwell precinct to encourage greater visitation to the market and a longer dwell time in the precinct by market goers.

The MDF Committee has also been updated on key projects being undertaken within Camberwell such as the Camberwell Draft Place Plan and Structure Plan and enhancements to the Camberwell Fresh Food Market.

Add Life to Your Years Advisory Committee update

Two advisory committee meetings were held in the first half of the financial year before a decision was made by Council in November 2021 to no longer continue the advisory committee. Council officers will look at ways to continue to engage with those who want to contribute to Boroondara as an Age-Friendly City.