• 17 December 2020

 The program will assist NSW councils to implement the new risk management and internal audit framework.

Office of Local Government is currently finalising a discussion paper proposing a mandatory risk management and internal audit framework.  It is being developed in close consultation with:

  • NSW Treasury
  • Department of Finance, Services & Innovation (DFSI)
  • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • NSW Audit Office
  • Local Government Internal Audit Network Executive

Who should attend

  • Existing independent members of a committee
  • Councillors already on an audit committee or intending to be on one
  • Senior council staff – GM/CEO, CFO, directors who are already on a committee or intending to create a committee


  • Local Government Audit Committee
  • Formal requirements
  • Local Government Legislation
  • Meeting Procedures
  • Internal Audit
  • Risk Management
  • Improvement
  • Financial Statements
  • Managing the external audit relationship


The facilitator will use group discussions and council related case studies.


Dennis Banicevic is a previous long term, Director of Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) with over 30 years of work and experience in local government finance and audit. Dennis is a dedicated local government specialist who has worked with over 50 councils in his career. 

Assignments he has covered include:

  • Development of performance indicators
  • Authoring the Code of Accounting Practice for NSW local government
  • Financial planning for councils
  • Establishment of Internal Audit and Audit Committees
  • Performance improvement
  • Activity Based Costing
  • Zero based budgeting
  • Project management
  • Risk assessment

Dennis has a particular interest in improving the experience and skills of councillors and the quality of information reported to councillors as a basis for better decision working.  His presentations are practical and focused on the specific interests of his audience.