DAY 1 – TUESDAY 3 OCTOBER

8.15am – 9.00 am                              COFFEE AND REGISTRATION
9.00am – 9.10am

  

CORRUPTION PREVENTION AND INTEGRITY CONFERENCE 2017
Welcome and opening
Emcee: 
Kate Latimer, Chief Executive Officer, The Cranlana Programme
9.10am – 9.30am
Session One
PLENARY SESSION
Exposing and preventing corruption in Victoria
Victoria’s foundation Commissioner for the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission provides an overview of the achievements, challenges and opportunities for the Commission and Victoria’s public sector.

Speaker:  Stephen O’Bryan QC, Commissioner, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, Victoria
9.30am – 10.20am
Session Two
PLENARY SESSION
International perspectives on corruption and integrity: exposing the links between organised crime and public-sector corruption.
Dr Anna Sergi, an international expert on organised crime with a particular focus on the Italian mafias, shares her research insights on corruption threats posed by organised crime and methods of infiltration into the public sector. This session explores real life case studies and considers possible responses to these threats.

Speaker:  Dr Anna Sergi, Lecturer in Criminology, Deputy Director Centre for Criminology, University of Essex
10.20am – 10.45am
Session Three
PLENARY SESSION
Address by the Special Minister of State
As the lead Minister responsible for government transparency, integrity and accountability, hear from the Hon. Gavin Jennings MLC, Special Minister of State, on the importance of integrity and corruption prevention in the Victorian public sector.

Speaker:  The Hon. Gavin Jennings MLC, Special Minister of State
10.45am – 11.15am MORNING TEA
11.15am – 11.55am
Session Four

Concurrent Session
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Concurrent Session
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Concurrent Session
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  Public sector procurement – corruption risks, vulnerabilities and lessons learned.

IBAC investigations demonstrate public sector procurement is a high-risk area for corruption. Discuss the latest research on procurement risks and vulnerabilities, hear insights from public sector leaders and IBAC on how to strengthen integrity in public sector procurement.

 

Presenters:
Alistair Maclean, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission

Ange Marshall, Chief Financial Officer, Yarra City Council

Professor Adam Graycar (via pre-recorded video), Flinders University

Shaun Condron, Deputy Secretary, Finance, Infrastructure and Governance, Department of Justice and Regulation

Facilitator:
Jane Brockington
, Principal, Bridging Policy and Practice

  

Complaints handling – good practice advice and tips from the experts. 

Drawing on the Victorian Ombudsman’s good practice guides and complaint handling workshops, as well as more than 40 years’ experience, pick up some advice and tips for handling complaints well and resolving issues.

 

Presenter:
Christina DiPierdomenico,
Head of Executive Office, Victorian Ombudsman

 

Encouraging ‘speak up’ cultures – perspectives on encouraging staff to report wrongdoing. 

Encouraging employees to speak up and report concerns is essential in exposing and preventing corruption and misconduct. Attendees will hear about recent research into barriers to reporting and how public sector agencies are encouraging ‘speak-up’ cultures.

 

Presenters:
Teresa Banman, Manager, Misconduct Prevention Education and Research, Tasmanian Integrity Commission

Dr Russell Smith, Principal Criminologist, Australian Institute of Criminology

Bella Stagoll, Director Integrity, Department of Education and Training

Facilitator:
Professor AJ Brown, Professor of Public Policy and Law, Griffith University 

12.00pm –12.45pm
Session Five

Concurrent Session
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Concurrent Session
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Concurrent Session
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Can an integrity investigation make a difference?  The local government perspective.  

Investigations of local councils can be a lengthy process with wide-ranging impacts. Using a recent case study and examples relevant to the whole sector, explore the effects of an investigation, and gain insights into the process, and requirements placed on a council by an integrity agency.

 

Presenters:
David Wolf
,
Chief Municipal Inspector, Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate

Sue Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Darebin Council

Facilitator:
Kathryn Arndt
,
Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Local Governance Association 
 

 

Public sector standards and codes of conduct. 

Standards and codes of conduct are core elements of the Victorian public sector’s integrity framework. Examples, tips and guidance on applying standards and codes of conduct, together with insights on public sector standards from Australia’s foremost public servant, the Hon John Lloyd, will be provided.

 

Presenters:
Associate Professor, Dr Ken Coghill PhD, Department of Management, Monash University

Justine Heazlewood, Director and Keeper of Public Records, Public Record Office Victoria

Sonia Parisi, Director Integrity and Advisory, Victorian Public Sector Commission

Facilitator:
The Hon. John Lloyd PSM,
Public Service Commissioner 

Lessons from the top – building sustainable corruption prevention and integrity frameworks.  

Join Victorian public sector leaders as they provide first-hand advice and tips on building a sustainable corruption prevention and integrity framework including policies and procedures, governance, risk management, training, culture and leadership.

 

Presenters:
Rebecca McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Glen Eira Council

Debra Abbott, Assistant Commissioner, State Emergencies and Security Command, Victoria Police

Edward Byrden, Director, Governance and Legal, Public Transport Victoria

Facilitator:
Kate Rattigan
, Deputy Secretary People and Executive Services Group, Department of Education and Training

12.45pm – 1.30pm   LUNCH
1.30pm – 2.30pm

Session Six

PLENARY SESSION

Protected Disclosures – protecting the welfare of disclosers
The exposure of corruption and misconduct is often dependent on there being people willing to report it and having confidence to use protections available. Hear perspectives on how to best protect the welfare of people who bring misconduct to light under Victoria’s Protected Disclosure regime.

Speakers:
Professor AJ Brown, Professor of Public Policy and Law, Griffith University
Luke Cornelius, Assistant Commissioner, VEOHRC Review Response, Partnership and Innovation, Victoria Police
Dennis Gentilin, Director, Human Systems Advisory

2.30pm – 3.15pm 

Session Seven

PLENARY SESSION

Interstate perspectives on latest trends, risks and insights on corruption prevention and integrity
Interstate public sector colleagues face similar corruption prevention and integrity challenges and risks. Anti-corruption Commissioners from Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, and Victoria’s Hon Murray Kellam share the latest trends, risks and lessons learned.

Speakers:
The Hon. Bruce Lander QC, Commissioner, Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, South Australia
The Hon. John Roderick McKechnie QC, Commissioner, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia
Alan MacSporran QC, Chairperson, Crime and Corruption Commission, Queensland
The Hon. Murray Kellam AO

Facilitator:
Claire Noone, Principal, Nous Group

3.15pm – 3.45pm AFTERNOON TEA
3.45pm – 4.15pm

Session Eight

PLENARY SESSION

Insights and learnings on integrity from the Victorian Auditor-General
Integrity failures – from malfeasance to maladministration – cause us to reflect on whether systemic weaknesses in governance and control structures facilitate such occurrences. So what are the hallmarks of an effective ‘integrity system’ within our organisations? And what role does an organisation’s leadership have in promoting and sustaining these? Join the Auditor-General as he provides his perspective on these questions, drawing on his extensive experience in public sector auditing.

Speaker:
Andrew Greaves, Victorian Auditor-General

4.15pm – 5.00pm 

Session Nine

PLENARY SESSION

Lessons from policing in preventing corruption and strengthening integrity
Police forces face unique issues in preventing corruption and ensuring integrity, due to their special powers and functions. Many issues, however, are common to broader public sector organisations. The Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Graham Ashton, and Deputy Commissioner of Australian Federal Police Operations, Leanne Close, provide insights into corruption prevention and strengthening integrity from a policing perspective.

Speakers:
Wendy Steendam, Deputy Commissioner, Victoria Police
Leanne Close APM, Deputy Commissioner Operations, Australian Federal Police

Facilitator:
Claire Noone, Principal, Nous Group

5.00pm – 5.15pm Conference Day 1 wrap-up  
5.30pm – 6.15pm                 PRE-DINNER DRINKS
6.15pm – 10.00pm                           Conference Dinner
                                                                      Speaker: John Silvester, Walkley-Award winning crime writer and columnist, The Age 
 

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER

8.30am – 9.00am                               COFFEE AND REGISTRATION    
9.00am – 9.10am CORRUPTION PREVENTION AND INTEGRITY CONFERENCE 2017
Welcome
Emcee: Kate Latimer, Chief Executive Officer, The Cranlana Programme
9.10am – 9.40am 

Session One

PLENARY SESSION

Integrity system oversight perspectives
IBAC, the Victorian Ombudsman and Victorian Auditor-General’s Office are key Victorian integrity watchdogs, but who watches the watchdogs? Get insights into how Victoria’s integrity system is oversighted by the Victorian Parliament and the Victorian Inspectorate.

Speakers:
The Hon. Kim Wells MP, Chair, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Committee, Parliament of Victoria
The Hon. Stephen Charles QC, Executive Member, Accountability Round Table

9.40am – 10.10am

Session Two 

PLENARY SESSION 

From little things big things grow: insights on integrity from the Victorian Ombudsman
Join the Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass, in exploring some of the consequences of getting integrity wrong. The Ombudsman will share lessons from investigations into integrity, corruption and ethics in both the United Kingdom and Victoria.

Speaker:  Deborah Glass OBE, Victorian Ombudsman

10.10am – 10.40am 

Session Three

PLENARY SESSION

‘Perfect storm’ – when prevention has failed and risks are realised
Find out when the ‘perfect storm’ of governance failures and mismanagement led to serious consequences for the council and local community. After the sacking of Central Goldfields Shire Council and resignation of the CEO following a lengthy investigation, what are the lessons for other organisations in identifying and preventing illegal behaviour and poor governance?  

Speaker:
David Wolf, Chief Municipal Inspector, Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate

  10.40am – 11.10am MORNING TEA
11.10am – 12.00pm 

Session Four

Concurrent Session
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Concurrent Session
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Concurrent Session
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  Integrity risks: recurring themes – Victorian Ombudsman investigation case studies. 

High profile case studies help us examine common integrity risks that the Victorian Ombudsman identifies through her investigations of alleged improper conduct.

Presenter:
Evan Westmore,
Assistant Ombudsman, Victorian Ombudsman

 

What’s the role of audit in integrity and corruption prevention? 

Join Andrew Greaves and Jenny Atta in a discussion on the importance of audit and how organisations can use audit to help prevent corruption. The Auditor-General will discuss modern auditing and how data and attention to the basics acts are some of the key lines of defence. Jenny will draw on the experience of the Department of Education and Training’s for insight into how organisations can get the most value from audit.

Presenters:
Andrew Greaves, Victorian Auditor-General

Jenny Atta, Deputy Secretary, Infrastructure and Finance Services Group, Department of Education and Training

 

Research insights – perceptions of corruption and integrity.

How does the community and the public sector perceive corruption and integrity? Join leading researchers for insights from local and international findings on how public sector employees, police and the community, perceive corruption, its reporting and prevention.

Presenters:
Professor Emeritus Leslie Holmes, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

Dr Caroline Tomiczek, Associate Director, Urbis

Evylyn Brophy, Senior Consultant, National Economic Social Advisory, Urbis

Facilitator:
Dr Colleen Lewis,
 Adjunct Professor, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University

12.05pm – 1.00pm 

Session Five

Concurrent Session
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Concurrent Session
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Concurrent Session
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Investigating corruption and misconduct – tips from the experts. 
Get practical tips and advice on conducting in-house investigations, drawing on case examples from Victorian Ombudsman (VO) investigations, and the VO/IBAC internal investigations guide.

Presenter:
Erin Barlow
, Assistant Ombudsman, Victorian Ombudsman
Perspectives on corruption prevention – people management. 
Employment practices and people management create unique corruption and integrity risks and vulnerabilities for Victorian public sector agencies. Find out about the opportunities to address and mitigate those risks from both the public and private sector views.
Presenters:
Dr Stuart Macintyre, Manager, Strategic Intelligence and Research, IBAC

Matthew Hildebrand, General Manager, Fraud and Investigations, Telstra

Gabrielle Reilly, Executive Director, Human Resource Department, Victoria Police


Facilitator:
Chris Steinfort
Victoria Council President, Australian HR Institute

 

 

The digital world – risks, vulnerabilities and the use of technology in corruption prevention.
The digital world generates risks and opportunities. Find out how technology and data can be particularly vulnerable and how it can be employed to create an opportunity to enable corruption prevention.

Presenters:
Dr Russell Smith
, Principal Criminologist, Australian Institute of Criminology 
Susan Fraser, Assistant Auditor General, Technical Services, Victoria Auditor-General’s Office 

Facilitator:
Stephen Mumford, Acting Privacy and Data Security Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner 

 

1.00pm – 1.45pm LUNCH
1.45pm – 2.45pm

Session Six

PLENARY SESSION

Media and third sector perspectives
Join leading journalists and Transparency International for an exploration of the role of media and the ‘third sector’ in exposing and preventing public sector corruption. What are the challenges, opportunities and hints for those wanting to employ traditional and new media?

Speakers:
Nick McKenzie, Journalist, The Age
Andrew Rule, Journalist, Herald Sun
Serena Lillywhite, Chief Executive Officer, Transparency International Australia
Henrietta Cook,
 Education Editor, The Age

Facilitator:
Lynne Haultain, Executive Director, Victoria Law Foundation

2.45pm – 3.45pm

Session Seven

PANEL SESSION

The buck stops here – ethical leadership and cultural change
Leadership and culture are some of the essential ingredients for creating organisations that are ethical and have strong integrity. But how do organisations build ethical leadership and strong culture? Victorian public sector leaders and academic experts discuss their approaches to ethical leadership and shaping organisational culture.

Speakers:
Gill CallisterSecretary, Department of Education and Training
Dr Michael Macaulay, Associate Dean, Professional and Executive Education, Victoria University Business School
Graham Kent, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Professional Standards Command, Victoria Police

Adrian Robb, Chief Executive Officer, Bayside City Council 

3.45pm – 4.00pm CONFERENCE CLOSE