7th annual Risk Management in Government Agenda

Navigating risk with a strategic vision

8-9 May 2024, Sydney

Day One

9.00 Employing data and analytics to assess, forecast and communicate risk

  • Adapting risk management strategies to big data and advanced analytics
  • Being a proactive risk professional with real-time data analytics
  • Ensuring the quality and integrity of data and protecting sensitive data
  • Exploring trends and technologies dictating the future risk management approaches


Amy McFadden, Associate Director for Analysis, United States Central Intelligence Agency


10.00 Managing cybersecurity risks in a dynamic threat landscape

  • Insulating systems and their users from cybersecurity risks
  • Safeguarding user and organisational data
  • Addressing gaps in defences to enhance user safety
  • Recuperating and limiting fallout when breaches occur

Jacqueline Barr, Assistant Director-General Technical Threats and Visibility, Australian Cybersecurity Centre

10.50 Morning coffee


11.10 Implementing responsible AI: A risk-based approach

  • Defining responsible AI
  • Designing a risk-based approach
  • Tools for AI risk assessment and mitigation
  • Assessing how technologies contribute to risk detection and resilience

Dr Qinghua Lu, Responsible AI Science Team Lead, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation


12.00 Transforming risk practice in complex environments

  • Weaving risk into all organisational activities, projects and decisions
  • Journeying past traditional approaches to risk
  • Demystifying and adapting to change processes
  • Strengthening capability and accountability for risk in huge organisations

David Sutherland, Principal Advisor Internal Audit, Vice Chief Defence Force, New Zealand Defence Force


12.50 Lunch


1.40 Workshopping risk scenarios and crisis planning to manage uncertainty

  • Developing scenarios for financial and operational risk
  • Using data to monitor key trends
  • Analysing ERM controls frameworks using AI
  • Communicating effectively during crisis planning

Mike van de Graaf, Director Risk, Treasury Corporation of Victoria


2.30 Influencing your leaders to support and take accountability for risk management

  • Introducing risk management processes and tools to your leaders
  • Communicating complex risks clearly and concisely
  • Building awareness and capacity of risks with executive leaders
  • Cultivating your network of risk professionals to learn and share with one another

Narelle Smith, Assistant Secretary Corporate Assurance Branch, Department of Health and Aged Care


3.20 Afternoon tea


3.40 Bridging gaps in collaborative risk management for a multi-sectored approach

  • Examining successful methods of collaborating across government
  • Identifying opportunities to learn from each other and share knowledge
  • Implementing community-driven risk management initiatives
  • Removing blockades to fostering collaboration between stakeholders

Jessie Slattery-McDonald, Operational Governance Officer and High-Risk Offender Applications, Department of Communities and Justice NSW


4.20 Communicating clearly and compellingly so risk resonates

  • Tailoring communication about risk to diverse stakeholders
  • Utilising data visualisation to enhance your audience’s understanding
  • Providing teams with actionable insights to make risk-informed decisions
  • Balancing transparency and confidentiality in risk communication

Jamie Blanchard, Governance Manager, City of Stirling


5:00 End of day one


Day Two

9.00 Safeguarding against future and unanticipated risk events

  • Forecasting risk and managing responses with foresight
  • Recognising uncertain risks when monitoring organisational data
  • Responding to anomalies through proactive investigation
  • Implementing controls to avert undesirable outcomes

Karmin Van Groesen, Chief Risk Officer, Australian Taxation Office


9.50 Prioritising sustainability through supply chain risk management

  • Highlighting sustainable practices in resource management
  • Building resilience and examining the ethics of supply chains
  • Maintaining compliance with complex and evolving international standards
  • Limiting damage when resources run low

Gerry Buchanan, Senior Manager Strategy and Governance, Toyota Australia


10.40 Morning coffee


11.00 Championing risk as a decision-making tool to enhance your strategic vision

  • Weaving risk responsibilities into your organisational tapestry
  • Automating risk management principles into strategic decision-making
  • Enhancing organisational and societal outcomes through strategic risk management
  • Utilising risk as a value-adding function of your organisation

Catherine Ellis, Executive Director Risk, Strategy and Customer Support, Service NSW


11.50 Implementing risk management responses to the climate crisis

  • Understanding the risks and impacts of climate change
  • Positioning climate change as a risk management priority
  • Visualising adaptive and effective strategies to mitigate climate risks
  • Exemplifying best practice in global communities



12.40 Lunch


1.40 Developing risk culture to enhance strategic objectives

  • Sharing accountability for risk management processes and outcomes
  • Securing commitment from the highest levels of management
  • Defining responsibilities and expectations for teams and individuals
  • Obtaining feedback on risk management processes to improve processes

Andrew Holt, Executive General Manager, Risk, Performance and Strategy, Transport Accident Commission Victoria


2.30 Understanding and implementing successful risk appetite

  • Defining risk appetite in government contexts
  • Constructing risk appetite statements
  • Improving, adjusting, and monitoring your risk appetite
  • Exploring cases of effective risk appetite implementation



3.20 Afternoon tea


3.40 Comparing risk management approaches in the private and public sector

  • Exploring private vs public sector risk profiles – differences and similarities
  • Making your risk function relevant to money-makers, project experts, and community initiatives
  • Communicating the value-add of risk management to diverse stakeholders
  • Highlighting best practice from private sector examples

Gavin Dyche, Risk and Business Continuity Manager, Asahi Beverages


4.20 Innovating risk management to reflect contemporary values

  • Transforming risk practitioners into thought leaders
  • Creating agile and proactive risk management teams
  • Troubleshooting culture issues to ensure recognition of risk
  • Discussing frameworks and approaches with great results

Maria Ross, Senior Manager Governance and Legal, Lifetime Support South Australia


End of day two