Risk Management in Government Congress 2019 agenda

5th annual Risk Management in Government Congress

Royce Hotel Melbourne, 20-21 March 2019



Conference day one – Wednesday 20 March 2019

08.30 Registration
09.00 Opening remarks from the chair

International keynote address:

Making better strategic decisions using risk visualisation

  • Transport for London’s approach to Enterprise Risk
  • The language of risk visualisation
  • Modelling interconnected strategic risks
  • Recognising ‘vulnerable’ and ‘single point of failure’ risks
  • Making effective strategic decisions

Nico Lategan, Head of Enterprise Risk, Transport for London


Integrating risk into enterprise governance and strategic decision making

  • Incorporating risk into decision making processes to drive business improvements
  • Engaging with management to engage with risks
  • Fulfilling compliance obligations though a risk based lense
  • Enabling management to prepare for change by anticipating emerging risks and assessing potential impacts

Karan Mckee, Director Enterprise Risk Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

10.40 Morning Tea

Gaining executive buy-in to effectively drive organisational risk management

  • Understanding and capturing the risks that matter most to upper management
  • Communicating the benefits of risk management to senior stakeholders
  • Obtaining managerial support, funding, and engagement to implement risk strategies
  • Effectively reporting risks, strategies, and accomplishments

Sharon Sidhu, Manager, Audit & Risk, Australian National University


Risk Courage in government


Informed, authentic and courageous underpins true risk management. Liza will examine the conditions which need to exist for us to accept and identify true risk and face uncertainty head-on. Being consciously aware of the barriers to effective risk management is the first step to clearing the path toward bold action and innovation. Organisations and individuals needs to be prepared to question their own biases and what ethical behaviour means to them.

  • Articulating and communicating roles and responsibilities of conduct
  • Questioning and overcoming individual and organisational biases
  • Recognising people who identify risks so that change can occur

Liza Nadolski, Risk Insights Specialist, iCare NSW

12.40 Lunch

Combining audit and risk to strengthen risk controls

  • Delivering the organisational risk strategy
  • Analysing the effectiveness of enterprise risk strategy
  • Assessing organisation culture and identifying areas for improvement
  • Identifying indicators of emerging risks

Bronwyn Davies, Chief Auditor, Airservices Australia



Utilising data analytics to understand and manage risk

  • Collecting and managing data for risk management
  • Using quantitative analyses to verify perceived importance of risks
  • Utilising analytics in providing actionable reports
  • Quantifying the effects of implemented strategies

Mike van de Graaf, General Manager, Risk & Performance Measurement, Treasury Corporation of Victoria


Afternoon Tea


Panel discussion: Developing and applying risk appetite

  • Aligning risk appetite with strategic goals and defining tolerances
  • Incorporating risk appetite statement within governance policies
  • Using risk appetite to develop organisational values and enhance productivity
  • Monitoring changes in risk relative to tolerance thresholds

Danny Williams, Chief Risk Officer, Defence Housing Australia

Mike van der Graaf, General Manager, Risk & Performance Measurement, Treasury Corporation of Victoria

Brendan Geary, Executive General Manager Enterprise Governance & Risk, V/Line

Sheena Frost, Strategic Director Corporate Services, City of Casey


Creating and spreading a positive risk culture throughout your organisation

  • Changing perceptions of compliance and risk management
  • Making risk relevant to the audience to capture attention
  • Developing staff awareness of their role in risk management

Binda Gokhale, Chief Financial Officer, Wyndham City Council

 17.10 End of conference day one and networking drinks

Conference day two – Thursday 21 March 2019

9.00 Opening remarks from the chair

International keynote address: Measured risk taking to achieve efficiency and maximise upside

  • Automating controls to deliver greater efficiency – reducing FTE and increasing detected fraud and error
  • Innovating ‘process’ to reduce costs and increase productivity by focusing effort towards greatest reward
  • Creating competition for compliance with ‘rules’ to achieve a step change in costs and legal risks
  • Decisive pro-activity to reduce prevarication and execute challenging project milestones

Jo Macdonald, Head of Risk Management Division, Department for Work and Pensions, UK  (live via skype)


International keynote address: Adapting to climate change and developing resilience and responses to sea level rise

  • Assessing near to mid-term risks of climate change and vulnerability
  • Developing strategies to mitigate risks of coastal flooding
  • Engaging with stakeholders to implement projects
  • Building resilience to sea-level rise

Angela Danyluk, Senior Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver (live via skype)

10.40 Morning Tea

Getting risk on the table during strategic planning

  • Collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to obtain a shared understanding of risk perspectives
  • Assigning responsibilities for risk mitigation and response through clear guidelines
  • Establishing appropriate mechanisms for information sharing
  • Monitoring stakeholder operation of risk management

Maria Ross, Manager, Risk, Audit and Security, Department of Treasury and Finance SA


Global market trends in risk transfer and insurance

  • Allocating risk equitably
  • Utilisation of alternative risk transfer solutions by governments around the world
  • Adapting to a changing risk environment
  • Outlook for risk transfer and insurance in the public sector

Colin Radford, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Managed Insurance Agency




Cybersecurity: Building resilience in a digital environment

  • Understanding the evolving digital landscape to identify and manage risks
  • Assessing, reducing, and monitoring vulnerability to attack
  • Building and maintaining adequate defences to internal and external threats
  • Keeping risk management up-to-date in the face of rapid technological change
  • Responding swiftly to potential breaches

Anthony Kitzelmann, General Manager & Chief Information Security Officer, Australian Digital Health Agency


Software tools for enhancing efficiency of risk management processes

  • Selecting the right software for your organisation
  • Programs for mapping and capturing risk within your organisation
  • Defining risk criteria
  • Managing and updating your risk register
  • Tools for monitoring and reporting

Anne Davis, Risk & OHS Coordinator, Mitchell Shire Council

15.10 Afternoon tea

Incorporating risk management into project management

  • Identifying and analysing risks as a feature of project planning
  • Determining responses to identified risks
  • Engaging with stakeholders to determine risk appetite and strategy
  • Monitoring risk and responding accordingly over a project life-cycle

James Ayliffe, Consultant, Wellesley Risk Group


The journey towards risk maturity: a case study from the NSW State Emergency Services

  • In 2016 the NSW SES had a good risk policy, comprehensive risk guidelines and an ICT system for risk and performance. So why weren’t we making good risk-based decisions?
  • A case study of the practical changes we made to improve risk maturity in an organisation under stress.
  Michelle Egan, Manager, Governance, Risk & Policy, NSW State Emergency Services
 17.00 Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference