Risk Management in Government Congress agenda

4th annual Risk Management in Government Congress

Rydges Sydney Central, 28-29 March 2018



Conference day one – Wednesday 28 March 2018

08.30 Registration
09.00 Opening remarks from the chair

Turning risk processes into action

  • Transforming risk management and strategy into results
  • Establishing a risk process that is designed to make a difference
  • Making risk management a key part of the success of organisations and projects

 Larry Turner, Deputy Inspector General, U.S. Department of Labor


What comes first – strategic planning or risk assessment?

  • Overcoming public sector aversion to risk
  • Positioning risk as an enabler for improvement – using risk proactively
  • Overcoming organisational legacy to change
  • Increasing risk tolerance
  • Using risk to anticipate event

Arvind Tyagi, Executive Director, Portfolio Transformation Office, NSW Department of Planning & Environment

10.40 Morning Tea

The art of risk Management and science of priority – making sense of and understanding the numerous risks that exist

  • Identifying risks that have the most impact on the organisation
  • Directing attention to where it is needed most
  • Moving away from a standardised one-size-fits-all system

Brendan Geary, Strategy, Risk and Corporate – Executive General Manager, V/Line 


Ensuring management and executive buy-in to your risk strategy

  • Enlisting management support for changes
  • Getting management to embrace the leadership required for change
  • Keeping management in loop regarding progress and changes

Danny Williams, Chief Risk Officer, Defence Housing Australia

12.40 Lunch

Applying risk frameworks and lessons while remaining innovative and adaptive

  • Understanding the psychology and biases in risks
  • Using ISO31000 framework while remaining innovative
  • Using risk heatmaps and other tools to get a better understanding of risk

Gavin Pearce, Chief Risk Officer, iCare NSW


Applying and amending risk frameworks and matrices for different organisational situations

  • Accessing the frameworks available to your organisation
  • Identifying which frameworks and matrices are relevant to your organisation
  • Strategies to mould risk frameworks and matrices around different situations
  • Simplifying frameworks and matrices so it is understood more broadly

Michael O’Neill, Chief Risk Officer, Australian Taxation Office


Afternoon Tea


Facilitating cultural transition in an organisation with a strengthened focus on risk

  • Educating staff on risks and their responsibilities in risks
  • Bringing processes and controls to life
  • Understanding the concerns of staff and keeping them engaged with risk, not fatigued with risk
  • Valuing behaviours and influencing the mindset

Justin Gordon, Enterprise Risk Manager, Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation


Removing unnecessary risk management barriers

  • Reducing bureaucracy and compliance on otherwise simple tasks
  • Giving staff more autonomy in risk management
  • Increasing risk transparency across your organisation

Darren Box, Assistant Secretary Governance and Reform, Department of Defence

 17.00 End of conference day one

Conference day two – Thursday 29 March 2018

9.00 Opening remarks from the chair

Simplifying risks to make risk more easily understood

  • Removing risk jargon and putting risk in everyday terms
  • Ensuring communication is clear and concise
  • Engaging with staff and stakeholders to get the message across

Trevor Marchant, Risk Analyst, Governance Division, UK Department for Transport


Raising your organisation’s risk management capability

  • Defining risk management capabilities
  • Aligning to risk management training programs
  • Integrating with organisation’s learning and leadership frameworks
  • Evaluating risk management capability improvements

Jenny Shin, Risk & Assurance Manager, Sydney Water

10.40 Morning Tea

Protecting against terrorism and risks to public safety

  • Developing a contingency plan for a potential terror attack
  • Preparing for and testing an attack scenario
  • Effective response in the event of an attack
  • Dealing with false alarms and filtering threats
  • Guarding against terror attacks through design

Craig Sheridan, Managing Director, Sheridan Consulting Group


Getting risk on the table during strategic planning

  • Aligning risk appetite into management goals
  • Shifting risk away from just being a tool for compliance
  • Using risk assessment to make better informed decisions for the future

Peter Goodchild, Manager, Corporate Governance & Risk, HealthShare NSW

12.30 Lunch

Embedding risk management into an organisation

  • Identifying the processes to embed risk in the organisation
  • Making risk management a part of day-to-day business, especially on major projects
  • Getting people to understand the consequences of ineffective risk management and benefits of good risk management

Rupert Haywood, Managing Director, Risk and Financial Operations, Queensland Treasury Corporation


Managing resilience – the skills, attributes and tools required

  • Understanding resilience and the impacts disruption can have on your organisation
  • Developing and implementing resilience into an organisation
  • The personal qualities of an organisational resilience practitioner
  • The organisational resilience practitioner – who, what & how?

Peter Gervasoni, Senior Enterprise Risk Advisor, City of Greater Geelong

 15.00 Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference