Councils operate in a highly regulated and transparent environment. To ensure their appropriate operation, Councils undertake periodic audits to various aspects of their functions to ensure all duties are discharged (ie a diligent and proper manner). Holmes Dyer has been engaged to undertake audits of Councils Development Assessment functions.
Holmes Dyer identified key indicators relevant to each particular situation and then developed a random sampling process to test them against the criteria and assess compliance levels, identify any procedural weaknesses and any threats or risks to Council.
The audit process was undertaken over a number of weeks and it concluded with a report, often to an audit committee, outlining the findings, highlighting any area requiring urgent action and making a series of recommendations for improvements.