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2017/18 Audit

In accordance with Section 7.12A(4) of the Local Government Act 1995, the Shire of Irwin is required to prepare a report addressing significant matters identified in the Audit Report. 

Report - Office of the Auditor General (OAG) - Performance Audit 2017/18

This report was endorsed by the Shire of Irwin Audit Committee on 13 August 2019, endorsed by full Council at the 27 August 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting and has been forwarded to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries on 28 August 2019. 

Compliance Audit Return

Each local government is required to carry out a compliance audit for each calendar year which is to be reviewed by the Shire's Audit Committee, adopted by Council and submitted to the Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGSCI) by 31 March. A copy of the latest Compliance Audit Return report is provided below;

2018 Compliance Audit Return

Delegated Authority

The Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) allows for a local government to delegate to the Chief Executive Officer the exercise of any of its powers or the discharge of any of its duties under the Act. All delegations made by the Council must be by absolute majority decision.

The Act allows for the Chief Executive Officer to delegate any of his powers to another employee, this must be done in writing. The Act allows for the Chief Executive Officer to place conditions on any delegations if he desires.

A register of delegations relevant to the Chief Executive Officer and other employees is to be kept and reviewed at least once every financial year.

The aim of the Register of Delegated Authority is to assist with improving the time taken to make decisions within the constraints allowed by the relevant legislation.

A copy of the Shire's Register of Delegations - Council to CEO is available here.

Gift and Travel Disclosures

The Shire's current registers for Gift and Travel Disclosures are provided below;

1. Gifts

NAME OF RELEVANT PERSON MAKING DISCLOSUREDESCRIPTION OF GIFTNAME OF PERSON WHO MADE GIFTADDRESS OF PERSON WHO MADE GIFTDATE GIFT WAS RECEIVEDESTIMATED VALUE OF GIFT AT TIME IT WAS MADENATURE OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELEVANT PERSON AND PERSON WHO MADE GIFT
Darren Simmons Invitation to attend Midwest CEDA Conference and sit at RAC table (RAC were conference sponsor) Patrick Walker, RAC WA 832 Wellington Street, Perth WA 6005 3 March 2016 $250 Economic Development stakeholder
Cr David Kennedy  Name badges, business cards, polo shirts, corflutes, car magnets, postage, printing and graphics  National Party of Australia (WA) Inc Level 1, 3 Ord Street, West Perth WA 6005  16 November 2016  $2,506.16  Political Party
Mr Darren Simmons VIP Long Table Lunch Ticket - Lobster and Land Food Festival Dongara - Port Denison Sub-Committee of the MWCCI 130A Flores Road, Geraldton WA 6525 3 April 2017

$120

Event sponsor (Shire) representative as agreed with Shire President and Deputy Shire President
Mr Darren Simmons Civic Legal CEO Function (Annual WALGA Convention) Civic Legal PO Box 7432, Cloisters Square, Perth WA 6850 1 August 2017

$75

Potential Client
Cr Ian West CEDA Lunch Ticket WALGA 170 Railway Pde, West Perth WA 6000 6 December 2017

$110

State and Local Government organisation / liaison

2. Contributions to Travel

NAME OF RELEVANT PERSON MAKING DISCLOSUREDESCRIPTION OF CONTROBUTIONNAME OF PERSON WHO MADE CONTRIBUTIONADDRESS OF PERSON WHO MADE CONTRIBUTIONDATE CONTRIBUTION WAS RECEIVEDESTIMATED VALUE OF CONTRIBUTION AT TIME IT WAS MADENATURE OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELEVANT PERSON AND PERSON WHO MADE CONTRIBUTIONDESCRIPTION OF TRAVELDATE OF TRAVEL
                 
                 

Changes have been made to the Local Government Act 1995 regarding how and when gifts and travel are to be declared by elected council members and designated employees.

The City of Perth Bill 2015 has amended the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) to provide that a relevant person who accepts a gift which is worth greater than $200 must disclose acceptance of the gift within ten days of receipt to the Chief Executive Officer, rather than in an annual return.  All contributions to travel over $200 must also be disclosed.  

The disclosures required are not intended to prevent councillors or designated employees from accepting gifts or contributions to travel that occur as part of their everyday life and activities. Given the significant responsibilities of working in local government – including overseeing budgets, deciding on major developments, and making decisions that affect the daily lives of ratepayers – it is important to have a high level of transparency and accountability to the public.  

The CEO is required to keep a record of the disclosures by way of a register. This is to be published on the local government’s official website as well as made available for public inspection at the council offices.  

A copy of the Disclosure of Gifts and Travel Contributions can be downloaded here.

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