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Shrinking budgets, new regulations, and the latest financial industry reviews and scandals, has heightened the need for the public sector to mitigate risk. Firming up conduct, cultures, and putting effective governance and risk management strategies in place will be crucial for the future of public sector service.

3rd APRIL 2019 - Day 1

Participants registration and refreshments.


  • MARCUS TURNER, Former Director, Special Project- Risk Management Financial Risk & Treasury, Department of Planning and Environment

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, Senior Risk Management Advisor, iCare NSW
  • Discussing best practice on embedding a holistic risk culture throughout the organisation
  • How can you identify and measure what culture you have?
  • Tools to improve corporate governance when it comes to conduct and culture
  • How can we improve culture? What can we be doing better as practitioners to ensure we are driving that change
  • Improving corporate governance around conduct and culture
  • Discussing how internal audit can contribute to a risk culture a drive better governance

Panel Chair:

  • MARCUS TURNER, Former Director, Special Project- Risk Management Financial Risk & Treasury, Department of Planning and Environment


  • Bronwyn Davies, Chief Auditor, AirServices Australia
  • Phil Thomas, Chief Audit Executive, Chief Risk Officer, Transport for NSW
  • Juliana Weingaertner, Principal Risk Officer, Department of Planning and Environment
  • Sharing experiences as a Risk and Fraud Manager in a UK Banking organisation during the Global Financial Crisis (anecdotal)
  • Risk Management tips and advice for getting results which you won’t find in a manual or standard
  • Realising organisational value through a Risk role


  • Gavin Dyche, Risk Management and Safety Coordinator, Bayside City Council

As uncertainty increases globally, the need for effective risk based decision making is crucial for all organisations. Pete will deliver an insightful presentation on how to simplify your approach to risk management, gain executive buy-in and embed an organisational resilience framework. Pete will share his personal story of resilience and how these simple strategies can apply to any complex organisation. Engaging, funny and practical, this presentation is not to be missed.

  • A practical approach to simplify risk management in a complex organisation
  • What is the value of risk registers?
  • Defining your organisations appetite to make effective decisions
  • Resilience! What is it, how is it defined and how can I enhance it within my organisation


  • Pete Gervasoni, CPRM, Senior Enterprise Risk Advisor, City of Greater Geelong

Lunch and Networking opportunity for participants.

The increasing demand on the public sector to meet their objectives while managing risks and staying within their regulatory boundaries is tremendous. GRC activities are fundamentally interconnected and integration is more than a process, it’s a business philosophy.To stay ahead of the curve, GRC needs to be part of the organisation’s culture and processes. Encouraging transparency and collaboration among stakeholders within the organisation and promoting a unified framework and common language throughout the organisation can achieve this. This session will explore;

  • Culture and Context – What, How and Who
  • Organise and Oversee
  • Assess and Align
  • Prevent and Promote
  • Detect and Discern
  • Respond and Resolve
  • Monitor and Measure
  • Inform and Integrate


  • Joanne Simonelli, Director, Evolve Compliance Solutions
  • Challenges of introducing and embedding a risk framework at Te Papa (New Zealand’s national museum) including examples of operational risks
  • Sharing experiences and the challenges of innovating new framework initiatives at New Zealand Post
  • Implications of introducing or enhancing risk management in organisations where the strategic objectives aren’t clear


  • Jane Mitson, National Manager Risk, Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Refreshments and Networking opportunity for participants.

  • Local Land Services Model as a case study
  • Considerations on the right size model
  • Key check ins and approval points
  • Setting up an outcome focused model that is change resilient
  • How a rightsized model will benefit your agency or department


  • Lisa Coletta, Director, Strategy Performance and Governance, Local Land Services NSW

This session will examine some recent high-profile governance failures in the NSW Public Sector and ask the question, was organisational design, culture failures or both to blame for the scandals? Are governance standards and better practice adequately incorporated into organisational design to ensure a culture that inculcates the highest standards of ethical behaviour in the public sector?

  • Reviewing public sector outsourcing to ensure adequate controls are in place that maximise taxpayers’ “bang for the buck”;
  • What governance controls are needed to minimise the risk of a rogue employee;
  • Networks and hierarchies, does your organisation’s governance design capture horizontal and vertical information flows that provide early warning signals of potential risks?


  • Darren O’Connell, Former Manager Enterprise Risk Management, Department of Industry

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