We have been providing assurance, performance and investigation services to Local Government since 1985, when we started as the NSW Internal Audit Bureau. As a result we have an excellent understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing Councils today. We build strong internal audit partnerships, conduct quality investigations and deliver highly regarded performance improvement projects. We are recognised as trusted partners who contribute shared learnings and independent insights to each of our Council clients.
Some of Centium’s Local Government specialists have come from Councils - they include former Chief Executives and General Managers, Governance specialists, Internal Ombudsmen, Finance Managers, Corporate Planners, Policy Managers, and Community Engagement practitioners. Having come from Council, they understand Council.
We have also worked with Local Government Associations, University bodies and State Agencies on Local Government capability, assurance and sector-wide policy projects.
We are approved suppliers on Local Government Procurement Panel LGP-218 for Internal Audit and Management Consulting services. We are also approved Code of Conduct Reviewers, Internal Auditors and Workplace Investigators for over 100 Councils and ROCs, making it easy for Councils to engage us.
Our origins are firmly established in the Public Sector and we now provide a diverse range of services to numerous State Government agencies, in NSW and nationally.
We have deep knowledge and understanding of the Public Sector ethos, regulatory environment, risks, systems and business processes. We bring fresh perspectives and the skilled resources needed to help our clients extend internal capacity. We deliver outcomes that reduce business risks and improve process efficiency, effectiveness and value.
Our management team has collectively many decades of senior executive experience within State Government agencies. Our staff and consultants are professionally qualified, and have a mature understanding of governance, management frameworks and business operations, especially across the Public Sector and other related business sectors.
This breadth of experience helps ensure that review outcomes include leading practice solutions and external perspectives that take account of public sector requirements and operating environment.
Having come from government, we understand government.
We’re listed on procurement panels SCM0005: Performance and Management Services, and SCM0020: ICT Services (Advanced Supplier). This makes it easy for you to engage us.
Centium’s team members have been delivering internal audit (including IT audit and advisory projects), risk management and performance improvement reviews in the Health Sector for over 20 years.
We have wide-ranging experience providing co-sourced and/or outsourced internal audit services to front-line services, lead agencies, specialist health agencies, health corporate services, and related health services (including Health Care Complaints and Mental Health Commissions).
We have also delivered probity & procurement advisory services and an extensive array of ethical conduct training and Code of Conduct reviews and investigations to our Health Sector clients. These clients include Health Lead Agencies (Ministry), Local Health Districts / Services, Specialist Health Agencies (Pillars), Primary Health Networks and Health Corporate Services.
Our Health sector experience covers each of the following key service components:
Centium has considerable experience partnering with Higher Education and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), including Universities, TAFE Institutions, and State Government higher education providers.
As such, we understand higher education and research as a diverse business, including related recordkeeping and business continuity complexities. We are also cognisant of the “human” issues associated with the provision of higher education.
We have undertaken a broad range of reviews in this sector, including IT and cyber security, revenue management, student wellbeing and safety, offshore learning, staff allowances, space utilisation and management, scholarships, and procurement. In addition, the Centium team has experience conducting fact finding engagements and investigations within the higher education sector.
We also have a proven track record providing independent assurance over university grants. Our qualified financial auditors are regularly engaged to acquit research grants and other agreements to meet the requirements of funding bodies.
Centium has had the pleasure of working with clients in the NFP sector including: Mission Australia, Lifeline Australia and Lifeline Direct, Barnados Australia, Endeavour Industries, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, St Vincent DePaul and many others. We also provide some pro bono services to the sector.
We have also assisted various organisations, including those within the social and community support sector, to prepare for and implement governance and business practices required to meet the NDIA’s obligations and expectations of NDIS registered providers.
We have assisted our NFP clients with the following:
Centium has recent experience providing risk management, audit and assurance services to the liquor, gaming and racing industries in NSW, Victoria and Overseas. A sample of our engagements, which were well received and resulted in significant change and improvements within the industry, is as follows:
Centium has formed a strategic alliance with Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) to assist importers, exporters and international logistics providers in implementing best practice business operations, including business continuity.
Importantly, our support services ideally place businesses involved in global trade to obtain and / or and retain accreditation to the Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) program.
Once accredited by the Australian Border Force (ABF), an entity may be entitled to streamlined processes to expedite the movement of goods across international borders and promote itself as being compliant under the ATT program. This in turn provides the entity with business opportunities to generate resultant revenue streams from current and potential clients.
Centium has developed a facilitated Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) that enables entities wishing to be accredited by the ABF to undertake a pre-accreditation “Health Check” and to address any perceived deficiencies prior to this process.
Our SAQ covers the following key processes:
We also provide business continuity, IT disaster recovery and cyber security services to this client group.