11th National Public Sector Fraud and Corruption Congress – Agenda  

This congress will be held online. All timings are based on Canberra time (AEST)

Conference Day One – Wednesday 28th July

8:30      Registration

9:00      Opening remarks from the chair

9:10      International Keynote Address
Minimising risks of fraud and corruption in procurement

  • Identifying modern procurement fraud risks
  • Reducing the risk of conflicts of interest in procurement
  • Implementing practical checks and balances in your procurement function
  • Training your staff to recognise and report procurement fraud risks.

Lorraine Harris, Fraud Prevention Lead, National Health Service (NHS) Counter Fraud Authority

9:55      Case Study
Investigating fraud and corruption effectively using data analytics

  • Utilising analytical data strategies in your investigation process
  • Navigating privacy restrictions on available data in fraud investigations
  • Perfecting communication between data experts and fraud investigators
  • Utilising data analytics from fraud investigations to prevent future violations.

Steven Sammy, Assistant Director Fraud Intelligence and Data Analytics, Services Australia

10:40    Morning Tea

11:10    Case Study
Understanding the importance of independent investigation by Integrity Agencies

  • Overview of the Inspector-General of Taxation and Taxation Ombudsman
  • Improving governance and culture through independent investigation
  • Identifying the key features of the investigation function of integrity agencies
  • Communicating the importance of statutory protections for ‘whistleblowers’

Karen Payne, Inspector General Taxation & Taxation Ombudsman, Office of the Inspector General & Taxation Ombudsman

11:55     Organisational integrity and corruption in the public sector

  • Discussion of current and emerging corruption risks in the public sector
  • The role of regulatory agencies such as IBAC
  • Building organisational integrity
  • Anticipating future challenges to organisational integrity in the public sector.

The Hon. Robert Redlich AM, QC, Commissioner, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (Virtual)

12:40    Lunch

13:40    Case Study
Training your staff to prevent, detect, and report fraudulent conduct.

  • Working with your organisational development team on counter-fraud training programmes
  • Designing your training programmes around the strengths and weaknesses of your teams
  • Ensuring the longevity and sustainability of counter-fraud learnings in your workforce

Gavin Dyche, Risk and Safety Manager, Yarra Council

14:25    Private Sector Case Study
Securing buy-in from your team for fraud and corruption strategies

  • Engaging your staff in fraud and corruption programmes
  • Communicating effectively and honestly with your team
  • Encouraging your team to consider and question appropriate behaviour
  • Building long-term rapport to increase compliance with fraud restrictions in your team

Patrick Ashkettle, Chief Risk Officer, Bank Australia

15:10    Afternoon tea

15:40    Utilising modern behavioural insights to improve your fraud response.

  • Identifying behavioural ‘red flags’ in your workplace
  • Implementing strategies to detect behavioural indicators of fraud.
  • Understanding modern approaches to behavioural analysis in fraud
  • Assessing the usefulness of leading fraud and corruption frameworks
  • Considering the usefulness of contributions from behavioural psychology

Professor Monica Whitty, Professor of Human Factors in Cyber Security, and Director of UNSW Institute for Cyber Security, University of New South Wales

16:20    Case Study
Building a culture of integrity in your organisation to prevent fraud.

  • Establishing your expectation that employees will act ethically.
  • Assessing the usefulness of a dedicated ethical standards branch
  • Identifying the high-risk features of your current workplace culture
  • Implementing counter-fraud ethics training into your team
  • Discussing ethical ‘grey areas’ within your organisation and policy

Jim Meyers, Director, Ethics and Governance, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning 

17:00    End of conference day one

Conference day 2 – Thursday 29th July

8:30      Registration

9:00      Opening remarks from chair

9:10      Case Study
Creating a healthy organisational culture to prevent fraud and corruption.

  • Identifying the qualities of a fraud-resistant workplace culture
  • Communicating effectively with all members of your organisation
  • Empowering your colleagues to report fraud and corruption risks.
  • Embedding ethical conduct into your organisational values

Alan MacSporran QC, Chairperson, Crime and Corruption Commission

9:50      Private Sector Case Study
Achieving executive buy-in for your fraud and corruption programmes

  • Preparing appropriate data to explain the importance of counter-fraud programmes.
  • Communicating the non-monetary costs of fraud incidents to your executive team
  • Designing a convincing and sustainable counter-fraud proposal
  • Identifying the indicators of a successful counter-fraud programme for your executives

Paula Martin, Chief Legal and Risk Officer, The Star Entertainment Group

10:30    Morning tea

11:00    Case Study
Utilising interagency collaboration to empower your fraud and corruption response.

  • Utilising multi-agency taskforces to improve access to information.
  • Overcoming jurisdictional challenges with interagency strategies
  • Communicating effectively between multi-agency counter-fraud teams
  • Designing effective investigations within interagency collaborations

William Day, Deputy Commissioner Integrated Compliance, Australian Taxation Office, Chair, Phoenix Taskforce, and Chair, Senior Officer Group, Serious Financial Crime Taskforce

11.40   Panel Discussion
Designing effective fraud control strategies with limited resources

  • Maximising your fraud control budget with organisational support
  • Determining best value-for-money offers from external providers.
  • Ensuring long-term benefit from your counter-fraud programmes
  • Building sustainable networks of fraud professionals to minimise costs.

Freddy Beck, Chief Audit Executive, Ipswich City Council
Gary Castledine
, Integrity Officer, Ambulance Victoria
William Day
, Deputy Commissioner Integrated Compliance, Australian Taxation Office, Chair, Phoenix Taskforce, and Chair, Senior Officer Group, Serious Financial Crime Taskforce


12:20    Case Study
Utilising data analytics to assist in the detection of fraud and corruption.

  • Understanding the benefits and limits of data analysis in detection
  • Determining the best time and approach when reporting data anomalies
  • Collaborating between your data analytics and investigation function
  • Identifying modern strategies and technologies to assist in detecting data anomalies.

Gary Castledine, Integrity Officer, Ambulance Victoria
Terrence Marshall
, Regional Director for Barwon South West, Ambulance Victoria

13:00    Lunch


13:50    Case Study
Securing your organisation against Conflict of Interest (COI) risks

  • Designing an effective COI policy for your organisation
  • Training your staff to identify COI fraud risks.
  • Implementing checks and balances to identify COI violations.
  • Understanding your compliance responsibilities for COI regulations

Freddy Beck, Chief Audit Executive, Ipswich City Council

14:30     Case Study
Minimising the risk of privacy breaches by your team

  • Training your workforce to recognise inappropriate conduct and access.
  • Embedding your privacy policy within your organisational culture
  • Detecting data and privacy breaches by staff
  • Navigating increased risks of privacy violations in remote and digital workers
  • Collaborating with your IT and HR teams to minimise future breaches.

Allan Levett, Manager Integrity Risk Advisory, Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand 
Sebastian Morgan-Lynch
, Privacy Officer, Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand

15:10     Afternoon tea

15:40    Engaging your workforce with a compelling counter fraud narrative

  • Identifying qualities of an effective counter-fraud narrative
  • Maximising the organisational benefits of a counter fraud narrative
  • Designing your own counter-fraud narrative within your team

Deanne Allan, a/g Director at Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre, Attorney General’s Department

16:20     Case Study
Preparing line managers to prevent, detect, and report fraud incidents in their department.

  • Designing leadership-focused counter-fraud training programmes
  • Communicating the liability of line managers in the case of fraud within their team
  • Providing a trusted fraud expert within the organisation to assist your line managers.
  • Supplying ongoing fraud training and support to your frontline managers

Sonia Hennessy, Independent Consultant

17:00    End of conference day two