10th National Public Sector Fraud & Corruption Congress 2020 – agenda


This congress will be held online on 18-19 November 2020



Conference day one – Wednesday 18 November


08.20 Registration
08.50 Opening remarks from the chair

Opening Address:

A Strategic approach in managing and combating corruption risks in an evolving public sector environment


The Hon Peter Hall QC, Chief Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption


International Keynote Address:

Optimising your data analysis technique to combat fraud and corruption

  • The importance of starting with your data and identifying the optimal datasets based on what you already know
  • Implementing basic systems of data analysis to deter and detect fraudulent activity based on identified fraud risks and mechanisms
  • Using the analytical cycle to infer meaningful information about fraud and corruption risks.  
  • Contextual recognition; applications of data through understanding what your findings actually mean

David Dixon, Analytical Intelligence Lead, National Health Service Counter Fraud Authority UK


Morning tea


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

Anthony Bell, Chief Audit Officer, Queensland Health

Deborah Pedley, Director, Governance Unit, Queensland Health


Application of international standards for the prevention of fraud and corruption

  • Developing a proactive approach to mitigating fraud and corruption risks
  • Benchmarking against relevant international standards
  • Identifying areas for improvement

Jason Brown, National Security Director, Thales Australia and New Zealand


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

Alan MacSporran QC, Chair, Crime and Corruption Commission

Freddy Beck, Chief Audit Executive, Ipswich City Council

12.40 Lunch

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


Managing complex whistleblower reports of fraud and corruption

  • Understanding the common challenges when reports are made in the context of bullying or conflict
  • Triaging reports to ensure a coordinated and holistic response
  • Assessing the risk of detriment – the red flags to look for
  • Preventing poor whistleblower outcomes with proactive management and support

Jane Olsen, Senior Research and Policy Officer, New South Wales Ombudsman; PhD Candidate and Research Fellow, Griffith University 


Afternoon Tea


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



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

 17.10 End of conference day one

Conference day two – Thursday 19 November 2020

9.00 Opening remarks from the chair

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, Directorate Head, Counter Fraud & Investigations Directorate


Case study: Building a comprehensive fraud control framework at Services Australia

  • Implementing policies and procedures to prevent fraud involving customers, service providers, employees and contractors
  • Detecting internal and external fraud and conducting fraud risk assessments
  • Reporting suspected fraud and misconduct

Alex Dolan, National Manager Fraud Control and Assurance, Services Australia

10.40 Morning Tea

Preventing corruption in procurement: Approaching the problem from three directions

  • Preventing corruption by improving procurement performance. What operational/performance controls do you need and why?
  • Preventing corruption by managing specific corruption risks. What risk mitigation controls do you need and why?
  • Prevention corruption by ensuring that ethical standards are known and understood. What standards do you need to set and support?

Adam Shapiro, Senior Corruption Prevention Officer, Independent Commission Against Corruption


Using data for efficient and effective corruption control

  • Demystifying terms like ‘data lakes’, ‘data warehouse’, ‘Big Data’ to show the practical use of data for corruption prevention.
  • Demonstration of how open data can be used to profile current and emerging corruption risks within your organisation.
  • Real-life data analysis case studies covering corruption risks in procurement, conflicts of interest and improper political influence.
  • Demonstration of how data visualisations help you focus your corruption risk priorities and resources.

Conor McGarrity, Director, Risk Insights

12.40 Lunch

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, Deputy Commissioner, Independent Broad-based Anticorruption Commission


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


Embedding fraud & corruption prevention in Enterprise Risk Management framework of an organisation


  • Going beyond just minimising Fraud & Corruption but proactively managing the risk of Fraud & Corruption
  • How risk averse if the organisation to Fraud & Corruption risks? 
  • Understanding the risk appetite of the perpetrators and designing a control environment accordingly (Make it too costly for the perpetrators to ensure safety).
  • Understanding Quantitative vs Qualitative approach. 



David Kang, Enterprise Risk Manager, Transport for NSW


Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference