Turning policy into practice under the new legislation
Conference Date
Tuesday 10 December 2019
Location
Sydney Harbour Marriott
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Day 1 - Tuesday 10th December, 2019

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Chris Wheeler
Former Deputy Ombudsman
NSW Ombudsman
8:40
Drafting & implementing an effective policy in line with the new reforms
  • Uncovering the complexities of the whistleblower protection legislation
  • Exploring the serious implications for the parties in case of disclosure mistakes
  • Ensuring you have a clear policy for the information of potential whistleblowers
  • Building a detailed procedure manual for receiving, assessing, investigating and protecting both disclosers and any subjects of disclosures
  • Examining the confidentiality issues with the new Corporations Act provisions
Chris Wheeler
Former Deputy Ombudsman
NSW Ombudsman
9:20
Practical lessons & tips on managing a whistleblowing complaint
  • Navigating the tricks and traps in a whistleblowing complaint
  • Managing and examining disclosures covered by the act
  • Identifying risk and blind spots in your organisation
  • Effectively reporting misconduct to your senior leadership and board
  • Handling reports while protecting the identity of the whistleblower
Anne-Marie Paterson
Group Whistleblowing Officer, Enterprise Risk Management
AMP Group
10:00
SPEED NETWORKING

In this fun, interactive session, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow attendees and speakers in two minute bursts, to exchange business cards and set up conversations for the rest of the event.

10:20
Morning tea & networking
10:50
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

In this session, the room will be split into 3 groups and will discuss all the topics in small groups. The session will enable attendees to discuss their challenges and address potential solutions by sharing their thoughts and insights. This will be lead by Roundtable leaders who will then share the key takeaways

  • Roundtable A: Leveraging technology & process to protect a whistleblower
  • Roundtable B: Managing whistleblower disclosures and subsequent investigation – Facilitated by Vincent Quattropani & Dominic Lallo, YourCall
  • Roundtable C: Key considerations for an effective whistleblower program in line with the recent legislation – Facilitated by Sally McDow, YourCall
Designing a successful whistleblowing program
11:50
Managing a successful whistleblowing program that includes all stakeholders
  • Structure and benefits of a good whistleblowing program
  • Managing a successful whistleblowing program
  • Ensuring adequate oversight, escalation and reporting
  • Educating your employees and building trust
  • How do you know a program is working?
Jane Bowd
Group Company Secretary & Corporate Counsel
Coca-Cola Amatil
12:30
Networking lunch
1:30
Preparing eligible recipients of whistleblower complaints
  • How can you prepare your senior managers as eligible recipients of whistleblowing matters ?
  • Steps to ensure senior managers and directors do not make simple disclosure mistakes
  • What is truly a misconduct vs a staff grievance?
  • How do you train eligible recipients from a risk perspective?
  • What are the processes in place?
Athena Efstratiadis
Head of Group Compliance
First State Super
2:10
PANEL DISCUSSION: Conducting an effective whistleblowing investigation
  • Exploring strategies and tactics to conduct an investigation whilst protecting the identity of the whistleblower
  • Understanding the implications for the eligible recipients of disclosures if mistakes are made
  • What are the options to investigate a disclosure when you do not have consent?
Jessica Irving
Manager - Whistleblowing Program
AMP Group
Alison Telfer
General Counsel & Head of Public Policy Australasia
BlackRock
Anne-Marie Paterson
Group Whistleblowing Officer, Enterprise Risk Management
AMP Group
Hayden Nettle
National Investigations Manager
Coca-Cola Amatil
2:50
Afternoon tea & networking
3:20
Meeting the triage challenge
  • Identifying complex whistleblowing reports (when grievances and wrongdoing are entwined)
  • How to assess the risk of detriment to a whistleblower and other parties
  • The importance of proactive management to prevent detriment occurring
Jane Olsen
Senior Research & Policy Officer Public Interest Disclosures Unit
NSW Ombudsman
4:00
PANEL DISCUSSION: How do you implement a successful whistleblower protection policy?
  • Distinguishing the roles and responsibilities of all involved in a whistleblowing program including the assessor, decision maker, investigator, grievance handlers, support persons and the coordinator
  • Discussing the correlation between what is perceived as traditional whistleblowing matters and employee type grievances
  • How do you deal with a matter which may initially be a personal grievance which stems into a systemic whistleblowing issue?
  • How do you make sure the policy is working?
  • How do you address the responsibility or duty under disclosure legislation to protect whistleblowers that overlap similar obligations under the jurisdictions of a WH&S legislation (breaches of which attract significant penalties), and the common law duty of care towards staff?
  • How do you communicate your whistleblowing program to your employees and make sure they understand what to report and how to report it, and how you are protecting their identity
  • How do you best maintain the confidentiality of whistleblowers and prevent them from suffering or being threatened with detriment?
Anne-Marie Paterson
Group Whistleblowing Officer, Enterprise Risk Management
AMP Group
Emily Peters
General Counsel
Aurecon
David Brewster
Chief Legal Officer
Coles
Fiona Darwen
Senior Corporate Counsel
Nestlé Oceania
4:40
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference
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Key Speakers

Anne-Marie Paterson
Group Whistleblowing Officer, Enterprise Risk Management
AMP Group
Emily Peters
General Counsel
Aurecon
Jane Bowd
Group Company Secretary & Corporate Counsel
Coca-Cola Amatil
Chris Wheeler
Former Deputy Ombudsman
NSW Ombudsman