Audit Advisory Committee

As part of the Council’s duty to fulfil its governance obligations to the community, the Council has established an Audit Advisory Committee in accordance with Section 139 of the Local Government Act 1989.

The purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the Council in financial reporting, maintaining a reliable system of internal controls and fostering the organisation’s ethical development.


The Audit Advisory Committee is made up of the following independent members:              

Mr Wayne Neylon, FCPA - Chairman

Mr Wayne Neylon is a qualified Fellow of the Certified Practising Accountants with over 40 years of experience working in retail, finance, stockbrocking, aviation, financial services and insurance industries.   

Ms Rita HP Ruyters  GradDipBus(Acc), GCP(Acc)    

Ms Rita HP Ruyters has extensive experience and working knowledge in financial and management accounting in the not-for-profit sector. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, Executive Certificate in Corporate Governance and is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants.   

Mr John Stapleton    BBus 

Mr John Stapleton is currently the Finance and Business Specialist with VicRoads in Benalla and has more than 29 years’ experience working in government, primarily in finance and business. He has 20 years’ experience as a volunteer treasurer to sporting clubs and associations in the Benalla area.    

Mr Cameron Gray     BBus M(Com)      

Currently the Finance Manager at Cooinda Village Inc. in Benalla, Mr Cameron Gray has experience in working in the health, legal, employment services and agricultural industries. He is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants and holds an Executive Certificate in Corporate Governance and is currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration. Over the past 10 years, he has volunteered as treasurer/secretary to sporting clubs and associations in the Benalla area.   

Councillor Members

The Council’s selection and appointment of an Internal Auditor is made through an expression of interest process advertised state wide.

Terms of Reference (Charter)

The Audit Advisory Committee operates within its Terms of Reference (Charter), which is reviewed annually. Download the Terms of Reference (Charter)(PDF, 154KB) .