CEO concedes ‘room for improvement’

BOTH the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup are assessing their systems to meet the recommendations of the Crime and Corruption Commission’s report.

Responding to the report on local government procurement misconduct risk tabled in State Parliament last week, Wanneroo chief executive Daniel Simms said the City had been happy to participate in the audit and welcomed its findings.

Mr Simms said they ‘looked upon the audit as a health check’.

‘The City has a strong audit program of both internal and independent external audit, an active audit committee and a robust risk management policy,’ he said.

‘It was pleasing to have confirmation that across the board, there were no issues of misconduct.’

Mr Simms said they recognised there was room for improvement and was working to improve training and procurement practices.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the City worked with RSM Bird Cameron and co-operated with requests for information and documentation, along with access to relevant staff.

‘The City acknowledges the recommendations being made in the commission’s report and supports greater resources being allocated to manage the risk of misconduct and fraud in the local government sector,’ he said.

‘It was pleasing that no findings of misconduct were made against the City, however we need to continue to review and improve our procurement processes and systems and mitigate against any potential risks.

‘The City has engaged KPMG to undertake a thorough fraud and misconduct risk assessment.’

At Tuesday’s Wanneroo City Council meeting, councillors unanimously agreed to adopt revised terms of reference for the audit and risk committee.

Cr Domenic Zappa said the report was timely following the CCC report and ensured they were ‘leaders in our sector and we are ahead of the pack’.

The audit and risk committee members include the mayor and all councillors, but no City staff.