National Public Sector Fraud and Corruption Congress draft agenda

10th National Public Sector Fraud and Corruption Congress

Sydney, Wednesday 18th November – Thursday 19th November 2020

Note:    Please note that these speakers have committed to joining the programme but a number are tentative subject to internal meeting and travel restrictions of their organisations due to COVID-19

Conference Day One – Wednesday 18th November

8:30       Registration

9:00       Opening remarks from the chair

9:10       International keynote address:  Optimising your data analysis technique to combat fraud and corruption

  • Implementing basic systems of data analysis to deter and detect fraudulent activity
  • Identifying the optimal datasets to infer meaningful information about fraud and corruption risks
  • Mobilising data to direct your fraud and corruption policy
  • Using new technology to improve your data analytics in fraud and corruption
  • Introducing additional controls to secure fraud risk data from breaches

David Dixon, Analytical Intelligence Lead, UK National Health Service Counter-Fraud Authority (David will present live via Zoom unless travel restriction from the UK change)

9:55       Engaging employees in fraud and corruption programs

  • Collecting useful data from your workforce to track engagement in fraud programs
  • Ensuring fraud programs are practical and accessible to all employees
  • Accounting for different styles of learning in your fraud program
  • Improving your strategic approach to fraud and corruption using employee feedback

Barbara Phillips, Deputy Director General Corporate Services, Department of Health Queensland

10:40     Morning Tea

11:10     Maximising the efficiency of your counter-fraud and anti-corruption strategy through employee training

  • Using fraud and corruption training to standardise responses to threats across your organisation
  • Upskilling line managers to own fraud and corruption risks
  • Optimising the frequency, length, and breadth of your counter-fraud training to maximise outcomes
  • Using peer networks with trained employees to minimise the risk of fraudulent incidents
  • Organising your training around high risk periods, talent acquisition horizons, or other organisation-specific intervals

AC Peter Crozier, National Manager People, Safety and Security, Australian Federal Police

11.55 Minimising weaknesses in your fraud control program using vulnerability testing

  • Identifying weaknesses in your organisation through active controls testing
  • Conducting targeting assessments of specific control mechanisms
  • Analysing data retrieved from pressure testing on fraud controls
  • Improving your fraud risk management informed by successful stress testing

Andrew Lawrence, Senior Legal Officer, Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre, Attorney-General’s Department 

12:40     Lunch

13:40     Getting stakeholders to buy-in before fraud and corruption buys you out

  • Building momentum for initiatives though relevant examples of when ‘worst case’ is realised
  • Using policy, procedure and plans to establish a case for change
  • Working towards a ‘no surprises’ outcome
  • How fraud and corruption utopia benefits organisations and individuals

Gavin Dyche, Risk and Safety Manager, Yarra Council

14:25  Designing an effective whistleblower program to detect incidents of malpractice

  • Identifying the motivation for fraud and corruption Public Interest Disclosures
  • Establishing a safe reporting environment and culture for whistleblowers
  • Implementing protections for whistleblowers to minimise the risk of anonymity breaches
  • Utilising new technology to increase engagement with internal reporting mechanisms
  • Capitalising on successful counter-fraud cases to encourage a culture of safety for future whistleblowers

David Morgan, National Head, PKF Integrity Services

15:10     Afternoon tea

15:40     Implementing procurement controls to mitigate fraud and corruption risks

  • Integrating procurement controls into existing fraud and corruption procedures
  • Minimising the time-cost of verification in procurement without exposing vulnerabilities to fraud and corruption
  • Analysing available information on prospective suppliers to confirm potential procurement risks
  • Generating a procurement risk management and fraud mitigation strategy that balances efficiency and safety
  • Evaluating the usefulness of new technology for counter-fraud and anti-corruption strategies in procurement

Christian Anderson, Partner Sourcing, National Disability Insurance Agency

16:20   Exploring the value of ethics advice in preventing fraud and corruption

  • Providing data on ethics advice and understanding its value in fraud and corruption risk assessment
  • The value add of ethics advisory services in program and policy/procedure development
  • Navigating the complexity of the integrity framework

Jim Meyers, Director Ethics, Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation QLD

17:00     End of conference day one

Conference day 2 – Thursday 19th November

8:30       Registration

9:00       Opening remarks from chair

9:10       International Keynote Address: Optimising interagency collaboration in fraud and corruption investigations

  • Identifying the ideal organisations to approach to develop a new interagency taskforce
  • Harmonising the interests of stakeholder agencies
  • Overcoming cultural resistance to interagency collaboration
  • Implementing an efficient internal structure and chain of command
  • Developing professional relationships with key contacts in other agencies

David Kleinberg, Assistant Director and Head, National Investigation Service UK (David will present live via Zoom unless travel restriction from the UK change)

9:55       Constructing efficient networks between internal departments in fraud and corruption investigations

  • Consulting with relevant internal experts in compliance with privacy restrictions
  • Organising internal networks logically to clarify responsibilities and powers in fraud investigations
  • Developing appropriate procedures for cooperation with internal departments less accustomed to fraud and corruption incidences
  • Knowing the indicators of a reliable and trustworthy collaborator in fraud and corruption investigations

Juliette Brassington, Assistant Secretary, Aid Risk Management and Fraud Control, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

10:40     Morning tea

11:10     Working with state regulators to energise fraud and corruption strategies

  • Understanding your fraud and corruption state regulator’s capacity for consultation and training
  • Utilising your regulator’s public resources to inform your fraud and corruption policy
  • Integrating the strengths and weaknesses of state fraud and corruption controls into internal policy

Freddy Beck, Internal Audit Manager, Ipswich City Council
Alan MacSporran QC
, Chair, Crime and Corruption Commission

11:55     Identifying emerging threats in fraud and corruption

  • Updating your fraud and corruption strategy to account for new risks in 2020 and beyond
  • Evaluating measurable changes in fraud and corruption data
  • Determining the high priority risks to monitor
  • Identifying reliable channels for regular updates in fraud and corruption risks

David Wolf, Assistant Commissioner, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission


12:40     Lunch


13:40   Eliminating identity fraud risks in the public sector

  • Effectively managing privileged access to private identifying information
  • Mitigating risks of identity fraud with appropriate controls on data and privacy
  • Balancing the accessibility of data for investigations with its security measures
  • Recognising the unique challenges and opportunities of public sector professionals when tackling identity fraud


14:25   Mitigating the risks of fraudulent activity through financial intermediaries

  • Evaluating the fraud risks associated with outgoing payments to banks
  • Integrating the responsibilities of the bank and of your organisation in incidents of fraud
  • Implementing programs to maintain clear communication and sustainable networks with financial entities and individuals

15:10     Afternoon tea


15:40    Tackling new and prevailing forms of cybercrime in fraud and corruption

  • Understanding contemporary fraud and corruption risks in the online space
  • Targeting the rise of cyberfraud with a dedicated internal IT department
  • Building a framework that is responsive to future risks
  • Integrating cybercrime awareness and training into existing fraud management strategies


16:20   Sharing data during fraud and corruption investigations in compliance with relevant privacy legislation

  • Contacting regulators to assist in data collection and investigation when you suspect serious fraudulent activity
  • Locating the relevant fraud and corruption controls for your state and industry
  • Utilising existing legal and structural frameworks to pass interagency checks and balances
  • Extending privacy controls beyond compliance with legal standards when necessary

17:00     End of conference day two