Chief Audit and Risk Officer

RMIT University

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Australia: Melbourne - CBD
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About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

About the role

This key executive role reports to the Chair, Audit and Risk Committee of Council with an administrative reporting line to CFO. The Chief Audit and Risk Officer is responsible for the oversight and delivery of the strategic framework for assurance (including the ‘three lines of defence’ model) and continuing compliance with international, Federal and State Government legislation and regulations across all relevant jurisdictions.

The role encompasses four key areas: Internal Audit, Compliance, Policy Governance and Risk Management. The principal function of Internal Audit is to provide Council and the Vice-Chancellor with independent and objective assurance that is designed to add value to and improve RMIT's operations. The role is also responsible for oversight and development of the University risk management and policy frameworks and management of the business continuity and insurance programs to ensure the University becomes more risk resilient and can achieve an acceptable balance between retention and transfer of insurable risks.


The role is a source of expert advice to the senior executive on complex matters relating to legislation and regulation as it affects the operations of a global university and oversees the dissemination of relevant knowledge and the building of capability - across all sections of the broader University community. The role is also responsible for leading the University's response to review activity undertaken by regulatory agencies and for ensuring measures are in place to support ongoing compliance and registration where applicable. The Chief Audit and Risk Officer represents RMIT's interests with Government and with external regulatory and security agencies. The role is also responsible for management, maintenance and assurance of policy governance across the RMIT Group.

About you

  • Extensive experience in a senior management position in a complex organisation responsible for compliance, risk, regulation, policy, business continuity and insurance and internal audit.
  • Extensive experience reporting to senior stakeholder groups and governance bodies.
  • A thorough knowledge of professional standards, frameworks and tools to support compliance, risk and regulation, and the theory and application of modern auditing standards, methodologies and techniques, whilst ensuring independence of the function.
  • Strong relationship skills with a demonstrated track record in managing regulator, government and other key stakeholder relationships.
  • Highly developed diagnostic, analytical and conceptual skills to quickly identify and drive creative solutions and practical strategy implementation
  • Ability to lead, guide and coordinate multidisciplinary staff to create an engaged high-performing team and credibility for the function.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory and accreditation frameworks relevant to higher, vocational and international education.
  • High level interpersonal, communication and diplomacy skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute effectively in a senior management team environment that requires understanding and respect for other functions, attitudes and perspectives.
  • Qualifications

    Tertiary qualification in Commerce, Finance or Legal is essential, a post graduate qualification would be highly regarded.

    Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

    Bring your whole self to work

    We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

    We’re proud to share with you some of our wins:

    • RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member with Bronze Award accreditation and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.
    • We placed 11th in the 2019 Talent Board APAC Candidate Experience Awards.
    • RMIT was placed 10th in the 2019 Randstad Employer Brand Research Awards, up five spots from 2018.
    • We were named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2019. 
    • We achieved Gold Employer status for LGBTIQ inclusion in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) in 2018 and now in 2019.
    • We were recognised as a top five employer in 2018 for workplace accessibility with the Australian Network on Disability.
    • The launch of our second Reconciliation Plan, Dhumbah Goorowa– a “commitment to share” - an important step in our reconciliation journey. 


    For a copy of the candidate prospectus or a confidential discussion please email

    To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your interest for this role.

    Applications close 27th February 2020.

    We are also happy to make adjustments to the recruitment process for your unique accessibility requirements. Please email with your request(s).

    RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.




    Trans and Gender Diverse applicants

    Inclusion is at the durrung (or heart) of who we are. We aim to create an environment where staff and students who identify as trans and gender diverse feel supported to succeed and belong.

    We recognise the challenges faced by the trans and gender diverse community when applying for a new role.

    At RMIT, we aim to support you from the start. Our Talent Acquisition team are active members of the RMIT Ally network.

    For enquires or support through the application, recruitment and onboarding process, applicants who identify as trans or gender diverse are invited to contact Mat Lewis at

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