Corporate Governance

The Council has a 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 the discharge of its responsibilities for financial reporting, maintaining a reliable system of internal controls and fostering the organisation’s ethical development.

Community Members



Professional Background

Mr Wayne Neylon - Chairman


A qualified Fellow of the Certified Practising Accountants with over 40 years of experience working in the retailing, finance, stockbrocking, aviation, financial services and insurance industries.

Ms Rita HP Ruyters

GradDipBus(Acc), GCP(Acc)

Has extensive experience and working knowledge in financial and management accounting in the not for profit sector. 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


Currently the Finance and Business Specialist with VicRoads in Benalla and has in excess of 29 years experience working in government, primarily in the financial and business area. 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. Experience in working in the health, legal, employment services and agricultural industries. Member of the Institute of Public Accountants. Holds Executive Certificate in Corporate Governance and currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration. Over the past 10 years has volunteered as treasurer/secretary to sporting clubs and associations in the Benalla area.


Councillor Members

Cr Barbara Alexander A.O. (Chair of the Finance and Operations Committee) and Cr Bernadette Hearn are on the Committee.

Internal Auditor

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

Terms of Reference (Charter)

 The Audit Advisory Committee operates within its Terms of Reference (Charter) which is reviewed annually. Read the Audit Advisory Committee Terms of Reference (Charter)(PDF, 121KB).