City of Perth council agrees terms for $500,000 audit

City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.

PERTH council has officially agreed on terms of reference for a $500,000 audit to be conducted by a private company.

Last Friday morning Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi announced Deloitte would carry out the City-wide audit after a tender process.

The audit was first approved by the City in October last year.

Questions from the public read out at Friday’s meeting queried why previous audits had cost much less than the proposed $500,000.

At a special council meeting this afternoon Councillor Reece Harley took issue with the Lord Mayor’s characterisation of the audit as “assuring the public that everything at the City of Perth” is going well.

Cr Harley stressed the audit was to be an independent investigation to identify problems and recommend solutions, and should not be based on the preconceived notion that there were no problems at the City.

Cr Harley noted there were areas at the City that had room for improvement.

Deputy Lord Mayor James Limnios attempted to make clear that no one on council – including the Lord Mayor – would influence the conduct of the audit.

Cr Jemma Green noted that implicit in the approval of the audit was the recognition that the recommendations must be acted upon when finalised.

Cr Janet Davidson said the audit would examine all areas of the City’s operations with a key focus on governance and transparency.

The findings are due in May.