National Public Sector Fraud and Corruption Congress – Draft Agenda

13th National Public Sector Fraud and Corruption Congress – Draft Agenda

13-14 September 2023, Melbourne


Producing an organisational culture with a strong counter fraud emphasis

  • Evaluating if your counter-fraud approach is sufficiently mature for lasting culture change
  • Making your code of conduct easily accessible for employees, leaders, and contractors
  • Developing relationships with each business function as a counter-fraud professional
  • Nominating fraud control representatives on multiple levels of leadership and seniority
  • Prompting reliable feedback from staff on the health of your organisational culture


Communicating the significance of fraud and corruption risks to your organisation

  • Utilising evidence-based communications techniques in agency-wide awareness campaigns
  • Enabling open dialogue about organisational ethics and employee-employer relationships
  • Targeting active and enthusiastic fraud awareness and diligence in your organisation
  • Discouraging potential fraudsters from ultimately engaging in misconduct
  • Distributing information about active fraud investigations and safe reporting platforms


Panel Discussion:
Constructing an effective fraud reporting culture in times of uncertainty

  • Building mutual trust within your organisation as a fraud professional
  • Developing reliable fraud reporting systems with increased uptake
  • Navigating concerns around organisational privacy and retaliation
  • Distinguishing your approach to whistleblowing from other organisations


Designing fraud and corruption training programs that stick

  • Avoiding common mistakes in counter-fraud training initiatives
  • Tailoring your learning and development content to your participants
  • Ensuring that lessons from your training programs reverberate long-term
  • Achieving value for your investment in fraud control training
  • Reviewing fraud knowledge levels regularly in your organisation


Marrying fraud and corruption controls with lasting positive outcomes

  • Leveraging existing policy, resources, and processes to support new initiatives
  • Developing a clear and enforceable code of conduct familiar to all employees
  • Testing fraud controls rigorously along a pre-established schedule
  • Establishing regularly reviewed policy frameworks and fraud risk tolerance levels
  • Engaging with fraud consultants and regulators, with detailed documentation and reporting


Equipping your line management to control integrity and security risks

  • Embedding integrity and diligence into standard practice for line managers
  • Mitigating the fraud risks inherent in employee-supervisor relationships
  • Developing targeted counter-fraud training programmes for direct supervisors
  • Building communicative relationships between line managers and senior leadership


Preventing fraud and corruption from a risk management perspective

  • Utilising contemporary risk management techniques and strategies within fraud control
  • Conducting fraud risk assessments in accordance with industry standards and regulations
  • Designing a dedicated risk management approach for each of your high-risk areas
  • Adapting risk assessment outcomes to guide organisational policy response


Conducting effective investigations into potential fraud and misconduct

  • Identifying common fraud red flags in your available data
  • Accessing interagency support for complex investigations into misconduct
  • Practicing appropriate interview and intelligence gathering strategies
  • Determining next steps after successfully identifying misconduct in investigation


Designing your organisational fraud control strategy for improved detection

  • Collecting and storing detailed information from all business functions
  • Utilising tip-offs and protected disclosures to direct further investigation
  • Strengthening your identification outcomes with automated detection testing
  • Applying good sense in discerning between false positives and potential incidents


Conducting modern counter-fraud data analysis in practice

  • Centring key principles in the sampling of organisational data
  • Navigating confidentiality restrictions and other barriers to access
  • Conducting a typical data analysis for fraud control outcomes
  • Detailing each step of the data analysis process for a fraud control professional


Minimising organisational vulnerability to cybersecurity breaches

  • Collaborating with IT professionals to defend against modern digital threats
  • Promoting a cyber aware culture throughout the organisation
  • Implementing software and policies to reduce risk of cyber attacks
  • Designing a cybersecurity system with minimal disruption to business functions
  • Minimising the fallout following a successful breach of your cybersecurity


Developing advanced cybersecurity strategies in a climate of insecurity

  • Considering the lessons learnt from recent data breaches in major organisations
  • Identifying the typical motivations and behaviours of digital fraudsters
  • Rebuilding your organisation after a serious cybersecurity incident
  • Designing your business structure around modern cybersecurity principles


Improving counter-fraud and anticorruption interagency collaboration

  • Approaching other agencies to develop collaborative counter-fraud strategies
  • Minimising siloing of intelligence and fraud control techniques in the public sector
  • Contacting specialist agencies to facilitate your interagency fraud control strategy
  • Intercepting fraudsters across jurisdictions, industries, and networks


Determining appropriate disciplinary consequences for internal fraudsters

  • Establishing a ‘zero tolerance’ expectation for fraudulent conduct in your organisation
  • Designing organisational policy and employee contracts for compliant disciplinary responses
  • Balancing the severity of punishment with mitigating factors and offender wellbeing
  • Managing broader workforce reactions to post-fraud disciplinary measures


Determining the significance of Artificial Intelligence in the modern counter-fraud landscape

  • Comparing the threats and advantages of AI technology for fraud professionals
  • Identifying the limitations of current AI technology for professionals and belligerents
  • Utilising artificial intelligence in systematic analysis of large datasets
  • Navigating the ethical risks of AI technologies with regular process reviews
  • Forecasting the role of AI in the future of fraud and corruption


Confronting corruption and fraud risks throughout the procurement process

  • Embedding distributed accountability processes in procurement and accounting
  • Improving fraud controls around value for money and tender bidding
  • Refining invoicing and record-keeping procedures to aid investigations
  • Conducting regular audits of procurement controls and records
  • Identifying achievable ‘first steps’ to transform procurement fraud risk management


Utilising modern technology in the management of public sector fraud and corruption

  • Preventing fraud with sophisticated identification and security
  • Leveraging data analysis and automated testing software to detect fraud risks
  • Empowering your investigations with case management and fact-finding tools
  • Anticipating steps to recover funds and discipline offenders with management technologies
  • Defending against advanced fraudsters utilising similar technology in attacks


Evaluating the common characteristics of the modern fraudster

  • Contrasting historic fraud with fraudulent conduct today
  • Concentrating fraud risk management strategies around typical motivators of misconduct
  • Embedding behavioural red flags in fraud detection strategies
  • Formulating fraud investigatory actions based on standard offender responses


Evaluating the role of the new National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC)

  • Assessing the role of the new federal regulator in state jurisdictions
  • Evaluating the investigative powers of the NACC by law
  • Identifying the appropriate regulatory body for a given incident
  • Developing organisational fraud control processes in a new regulatory environment


Achieving executive buy-in for adequate fraud control resourcing and support

  • Presenting the business case for fraud and corruption controls
  • Developing cost-efficient and evidence-based proposals for fraud programs
  • Outlining the importance of fraud control efficiently to senior leaders
  • Demonstrating visible investment in fraud control to deter would-be offenders
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