Don’t wait for the next incident to be at your council. The Minimising Corruption, Fraud & Misconduct conference will support your council to engage staff and leadership, develop prevention and detection strategies, and learn from councils who have experienced critical corruption incidents.
Topics to be explored
- Trends in corruption, fraud and misconduct in local government
- Changes to the Model Code of Conduct to improve misconduct management and governance
- Outcomes from a NSW survey into local government fraud control
- Strategies to gain leadership buy in and build an ethical workplace culture
- Lessons learned and recommendations from progressive councils
Directors, Managers, Coordinator and Public Officers with responsibilities for:
- Fraud, Misconduct & Corruption
- Internal Audit
Attend to learn:
- Effectively engage staff & leadership to build an effective ethical culture
- Improve processes to proactively identify corruption, fraud & misconduct
- Adapt lessons learned & recommendations from other councils to strengthen your processes
NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption
As a Senior Corruption Prevention Officer with the NSW ICAC, Emma Fabiansson identifies systemic corruption risks within the NSW public sector, and develops tangible strategies to minimise them. Since joining the ICAC in 2014, Dr Fabiansson has led or contributed to several ICAC corruption prevention projects on employment screening, change management, facilities maintenance and political donations. In addition, Emma Fabiansson has led corruption prevention analysis on a number of ICAC investigations. Prior to joining the ICAC, she worked as a researcher in the university sector, having earned a PhD in Psychology and a Masters in Organisational Psychology from the University of NSW.
VIC Local Government Investigations & Compliance Inspectorate
David is the Chief Municipal Inspector and head of the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate, the dedicated integrity agency for all local councils in Victoria. David returned to this role in June 2016 having established and led the Inspectorate from 2009 to 2013.
David has an extensive regulatory and communications background with previous management and executive roles in media, corporate communications and more recently as a Director with the state’s building and plumbing regulator, the Victorian Building Authority.
In addition to his professional roles, David holds executive positions with incorporated community organisations and is an Executive Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.
Chris Wheeler is the Deputy NSW Ombudsman. He has over 30 years experience in complaint handling and investigations, as well as extensive experience in management and public administration.
Among other things, Chris is responsible for the work of the Public Administration Division of the Ombudsman and direct oversight of the responsibilities conferred on the Ombudsman under the Public Interest Disclosures Act. He also has responsibility to lead and coordinate the preparation of publications issued by the NSW Ombudsman to guide and improve the performance by public officials of their duties.
Chris is a town planner and lawyer who has previously worked in a variety of positions in State and local government in NSW and Victoria. He also worked for some years as a solicitor in the private sector.
Bachelor of Town & Regional Planning (Melbourne University)
Master of Town & Country Planning (Sydney University)
Bachelor of Laws (University of Technology, Sydney)
Wollongong City Council
Catherine is the Professional Conduct Coordinator at Wollongong City Council. In that role, she assists Council to improve its transparency, accountability and governance.
She is responsible for coordinating and undertaking independent investigations into complaints against Council staff and services, and addressing systemic issues or process/policy gaps identified during the complaints management process.
Catherine provides guidance and advice to the General Manager and other nCouncil officers about how to improve probity, accountability and transparency in decision making to reduce the likelihood of corrupt conduct and maladministration. This is done through proactive education and training of Council staff in relation to matters such as ethical decision making, fraud and corruption prevention awareness, internal reporting policy, and expected standards of behaviour as described in the Council’s Code of Conduct.