Extraordinary Council Meeting
24 May 2016
Subject: Appointment of External Auditor for Inner West Council
File Ref: 16/507/57891.16
Prepared By: Tanya Whitmarsh - Manager Governance and Risk, Marrickville
Authorised By: Vanessa Chan - Interim General Manager
Further to the Proclamation of the newly formed Inner West Council on 12 May 2016, the contracts for external audit services to the merged entities have been terminated. The new entity must now move to appoint a new external auditor and select one from among those servicing the former councils that comprise Inner West Council.
THAT Council moves into closed session to deal with this matter as the information contained in CONFIDENTIAL ATTACHMENT 1 of this report is classified as confidential under the provisions of Sections 10A (2)c and 10A (2)d(i) of the Local Government Act 1993 for the following reasons:
a. it contains information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business; and
b. contains commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it.
And in accordance with Sections 10A (4) of the Local Government Act 1993, that the Chairperson allow members of the public to make representations as to whether this part of the meeting should be closed.
The Proclamation of the newly formed Inner West Council on 12 May 2016 obliges the new entity to act swiftly on appointing an external auditor. It stipulates that an auditor for the new Council is to be determined by the Council and “be a person who provided auditing services to the one or more of the former councils immediately before the amalgamation day.”
Council has a choice between the services of two providers that have provided external audit services to the former Councils of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville.
Quotes have been sought from the auditors of the former Councils in relation to this matter. Details appear in CONFIDENTIAL ATTACHMENT 1 to this report along with a recommendation on appointment.
Sufficient funds are available in Council’s budget to cover the cost of external audit services.
OTHER STAFF COMMENTS
Council is obliged to proceed expeditiously in securing the services of an external auditor by reason of requirements under the Local Government Act 1993 and the Proclamation of 12 May 2016 that enabled the creation of Inner West Council.
Confidential Assessment - Appointment of External Auditor - Confidential