Member Mentoring with Auditor General Colin Murphy

Personal Members Only

Member Events - 4 May 2016

Within our membership ranks there exists a tremendous amount of knowledge and wisdom that we now make available to you through an informal, small group mentoring session. This is an opportunity available exclusively to Personal members.

The mentoring session below is the first in a series of five (5) sessions to be delivered throughout the year. To maintain a level of personal engagement, a maximum of eight (8) members are invited to participate per session. Any Personal member, regardless of career stage is invited to participate.

The mentor session will be driven by the group's needs as a mentee. Please bring along your questions about issues you face in your career.

About Mentoring

Mentoring is an effective process for the transfer of professional skills and benefits mentees through support for skills and knowledge development. It is designed to provide an additional layer of career and professional development.

It is important to understand that mentoring is one component of a professional development plan. It is focused on career and professional development conversations. It complements skill development training and is not a substitute for emotional support systems such as counselling.

By attending mentees will:

  • Develop personal skills and self-confidence.
  • Gain a broader understanding of the public sector and the role of IPAA
  • Develop relationships with more senior colleagues to explore career and professional pathways in a supportive, informal environment.

Questions you may wish to bring to the discussion include:

  • Leadership styles and attributes
  • Networks: building, sustaining etc.
  • Personal presentation and communication skills ( e.g. resumes, interviews, public speaking)
  • Working with others in teams: as a member; as a leader
  • Managing performance (your own and others)


Auditor General, Office of the Auditor General

Colin Murphy was appointed as Auditor General for Western Australia in June 2007.
Colin has extensive experience in finance and administration in both State and Commonwealth Government roles.  He has held senior positions within the State Government in the Departments of Justice, Treasury and Finance, Land Administration and the Building Management Authority.  He has also worked for the Commonwealth Department of Finance in Perth and Washington DC and as Business Manager for Murdoch University. 
Colin is a member of the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia.   He is a Fellow, former Board member and Past State President of CPA Australia and a Fellow member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Colin was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2010 Australia Day Honours.