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Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO)


Annual Budget: up to $10,000
Number of Paid Staff: 21 - 50
Number of Volunteers: 6-20
Community Segment: Mental Health, Human Services, Community & Economic Development, Human Rights

Current Board Size: 4-7
Board Meetings (frequency): Every two months
Board Meetings Held: At Night
State where Board Meetings Held: Victoria
Local Government Area: Melbourne City Council

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Position title

Finance, Audit and Risk Management (FARM) Committee Member



VACRO is a non-government, non-denominational organisation. It was founded in 1872 (as the Discharged Prisoners’ Aid Society of Victoria) in the wake of the 1871 Royal Commission into Penal Establishments and Gaols which urged the establishment of a body to give assistance to discharged prisoners.
New beginnings, stronger communities.
To support new beginnings for clients of the correctional system and their families, and build safer and stronger communities.
·         We show integrity in our relationship with each other, our clients and the broader community.
·         We display respect by supporting our clients to achieve positive outcomes and lead meaningful lives.
·         We work towards inclusion for all stakeholders in the development of our programs.
·           We are adaptable to the conditions and opportunities that arise in our daily lives.

Role details

·           Work cooperatively with other Committee members and staff, and ensure personal interests do not conflict with the interests of VACRO and its business activities.
·         Oversee the finalisation of the VACRO draft annual budget and make recommendations to the VACRO Board to ensure timely adoption each year;
·         Review quarterly the financial performance of VACRO and report and make recommendations to the VACRO Board;
·         Oversee the development of longer term budgets as requested by VACRO Board;
·         Review and monitor the integrity and effectiveness of VACRO’s financial management and reporting systems;
·         Meet with the auditors following the external audit each year to review the audit process and any identified issues.  Report and make recommendations to the VACRO Board on any issues arising from the audit; and
·         Oversee the identification and management of risks, using any appropriate Australian standards or equivalent.

Expectations of all FARM Committee Members

·         Uphold VACRO’s Vision, Mission, Values and Code of Conduct.
·         Comply with legislative requirements relating to this role, including taking all reasonable care of your own safety and that of others in the workplace; contributing to the improvement of health and safety within the workplace; and complying with VACRO procedures and practices which support occupational health and safety.
·         Provide safe and quality services as a priority, for which you are responsible, accountable and supported by Board.
·         Operate within VACRO’s formal delegations framework and in accordance with its policies and procedures.
·         Participate in continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities, including identifying opportunities and making improvements to systems, processes and programs.
·         Represent and enhance VACRO’s profile at stakeholder and network meetings, as designated by the Chairman.
·         Demonstrate commitment to social justice outcomes and help protect the rights of people impacted by the criminal justice system, and their families.

Key capabilities

·         Tertiary qualifications in Accounting.
·         CA/ CPA qualified.
·         Knowledge of accounting and audit standards
·         Ability to demonstrate experience and understanding of modern governance principles (preferred).
·         Experience in developing financial strategies
·         Excellent communication skills.
·         Demonstrated audit or finance committee experience preferably within a not-for-profit (preferred).
Behaviours and personal attributes
·         Ability to work cooperatively with other committee members.
·         Commitment to attend six meetings per year. More frequent meetings may be required during budget preparation and the audit cycle.
Mandatory requirements
·           Verification of personal identity, employment history and qualifications.
·           Satisfactory National Police Check.

Role: Committee Member
Area of Expertise Being Sought: Accounting, Auditing, Banking & Financial Services
Targeting: Not supplied
Payment: Nil - honorary role

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