12th National Public Sector Fraud & Corruption Congress Agenda

The Rydges Sydney Central, Sydney 27-28 July 2022


Day one – Wednesday 27 July

8.30     Registration

9.00     Welcome

9.10     The role of strategic tools in prevention strategies

  • Identifying the challenges to approaches as experienced over the past two years
  • Considering the role of best practice within fraud prevention
  • Collaborating with policy and operational expertise
  • Learning from case studies across UK counter-fraud projects

Mark Sutcliffe, Green Homes Grant Counter Fraud Lead, Energy, Efficiency and Local, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (UK)


9.55     Clarity within controls to improve execution

  • Discussing the challenges with building overly complex controls
  • Establishing the best balance of sophistication and clarity to capture business needs
  • Aligning controls with business needs now and into the future
  • Analysing the capacity for certain controls to be either collapsed or expanded

Andrew Penhale, Head of Specialist Fraud Division, Crown Prosecution Service (UK)

10.40   Morning tea


11.10   Leadership approaches to mitigate fraud and corruption

  • Analysing the challenges posed over the past two years
  • Reflecting on the key learnings required to rebuild team dynamics
  • Exploring the evolution of fraud and corruption risks
  • Evaluating the key measures to mitigate the risks moving forward

Adam Dent, Chief Executive, NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority


11.55   Building an environment that encourages internal reporting of fraud

  • Creating a culture of early reporting
  • Overcoming the stigma of dobbing
  • Ensuring whistle-blowers are protected.
  • Identifying the areas each organisation can revisit to improve their structures

Lucas Betts, Director – Integrity and Investigations, Department of Justice and Community Safety, Victoria

12.40   The evolution of the psychology of fraud

  • Psychological influences on decision making
  • Gaining new insights into your people’s views on fraud and corruption
  • Aligning personal and organisational awareness of the triggers for fraud
  • How to overcome biases in organisational processes.

Dr David Curnow, Executive Director, Post Sentence Authority


13.25   Lunch


14.25   Organisational culture across the fraud and corruption spectrum

  • Capturing the role of culture in establishing fraud and corruption awareness
  • Engaging leadership in signalling the importance of ethics
  • Identifying methods to reinvigorate culture after a problematic episode
  • Celebrating the best cultures and understanding how they were built

Catherine Geenty, Professional Conduct Coordinator, Wollongong City Council

15.10   Ensuring an ESG Framework adds value, is transparent and resilient to fraud.

  • Building a conceptual overview of ESG principles
  • Capturing its application within an energy business
  • Analysing the risks of ESG greenwashing
  • Evaluating practical examples to guard against ESG fraud.

Greg Bolton, Manager, Governance, Risk and Insurance Specialist, Powerlink Queensland


15.55   Afternoon tea


16.25   Supply chains as a disruptor of business continuity

  • Managing supply chain integrity in a constrained environment
  • Maintaining an agile supply chain whilst ensuring strong governance
  • Achieving confidence in monitoring your vendors and in gaining answers to your questions
  • Utilising a robust framework to manage expectations and to replace vendors where necessary

Julia Barrett, Principal Manager, Fraud and Corruption Prevention, Transport for NSW


17.10   Training reimagined as an enabler of organisational buy-in

  • Examining the impact of lockdowns on traditional training paradigms
  • Exploring the capacity for cloud-based resources to meet business needs
  • Implementing on-demand learning to improve diversity and inclusion
  • Projecting into the future to imagine the training systems of tomorrow

Jim Myers, Director Ethics, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Queensland

18.00   End of day one


Day two: Thursday 28th July


9.00     Welcome

9.10     Inter-agency collaboration case study from the United Kingdom

  • Analysing areas of overlap across government bodies
  • Offering solutions to agencies which have gaps in their areas of knowledge
  • Establishing mechanisms for the sharing of sensitive information
  • Considering international examples for how this could evolve within the Australian landscape

Euan Slack, Head of Spotlight, UK Cabinet Office

9.55   Federal case study: ACLEI’s approach to corruption prevention and integrity maturity

  • Corruption vulnerabilities across federal law enforcement agencies
  • Overview of the current Commonwealth integrity landscape – integrity agencies, standards and internal controls
  • Towards a Commonwealth Integrity Maturity Framework

Leah Ambler, Director Corruption Prevention, Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity


10.40   Morning tea


11.10   Risk regulatory frameworks and the challenges of the pandemic

  • Identifying the fresh risks that arose over the past two years
  • Reconciling the landscape of emergent risks with concurrent challenges
  • Analysing the changes required to fresh risk regulatory frameworks
  • Anticipating the scope for futureproofing ahead of the next disruption

Andrew Lawrence, Senior Legal Officer, Attorney General’s Department – tbc

11.55   Remote working as a threat to established fraud prevention strategies

  • Identifying the emerging risks posed by a flexible workplace environment
  • Understanding the impact of new technologies in heightening the ability for fraud to take place undetected
  • Building systems to protect your organisation from emerging risks
  • Identifying and managing the cultural risk factors with remote work

Simon Marchand, Chief Fraud Prevention Officer, Nuance Communications (Canada)


12.40   NSW ICAC case study on corrupt conduct in procurement

  • Calibrating the extent of the problem
  • Identifying the process to investigate the corruption
  • Building back vigilance and cross-organisational buy-in
  • Executing new campaigns to prioritise fraud and corruption risk

Stephen Wood, Senior Corruption Prevention Officer, Corruption Prevention, ICAC


13.15     Lunch


14.15     Investigating fraud efficiently and effectively

  • Identifying the common areas of waste and mistakes in fraud investigations
  • Considering the approaches which are most likely to yield clear results
  • Aligning fraud investigations with business need to avoid disruptions and distractions
  • Working with external bodies to ensure practical solutions

Shail Singh, Lead Ombudsman Investments and Advice, Australian Financial Complaints Authority

2.45     Agile communications to better adapt with fluid behaviours

  • Building systems to review and alter legacy communications
  • Ensuring compliance and governance don’t go out the window in the quest for agility
  • Aligning agility into the processes to reflect evolving needs
  • Embedding the changes and evaluating their impact over time

Stephen D’Arcy, Head of Content, WorkSafe Victoria

15.25     Afternoon tea


15.45     Integrity frameworks and their role in 2022

  • Discussing current integrity frameworks and their developments over time
  • Identifying the areas of potential weakness in existing frameworks
  • Capturing the methods available to enhance and improve the next generation of frameworks
  • Planning for the likely areas of growth in the years to come

Iain McBurnie, Senior Investigator, WA Country Health Service

Liam Bacon, Manager, Investigations, WACHS Integrity Unit, WA Country Health Service

16.30     Cybersecurity threats as a key business risk

  • Collaborating with your IT team to understand your vulnerabilities
  • Mitigating and monitoring your operations to reflect emergent technologies
  • Building resilience and accountability to respond appropriately when a breach occurs
  • Recalibrating approaches as the threat evolves with fresh technologies and techniques

Brian Hay, Executive Director, Cultural Cybersecurity

17.10   Closing remarks and conference end