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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.


  • Rob Drusetta, Project Manager, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

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


  • Bronwyn Davies, Chief Auditor, AirServices Australia
  • Phil Thomas, Chief Audit Executive, Chief Risk Officer, Transport for NSW
  • Tina Baker, Chief Internal Auditor, Central Coast Council
  • Juliana Weingaertner, Principal Risk Officer, Department of Planning and Environment
  • How much is your word worth?
  • Are you managing the process or the people?
  • How valuable are your corporate values?
  • What happens when messages get muddled


  • Tina Baker, Chief Internal Auditor, Central Coast Council

In the past twelve months, the Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands have implemented internal strategies and workshops to overhaul their existing risk framework and redesign their appetite statements and tolerance. This has involved refining their risk capture and reporting systems and simplifying a process that has previously limited the organisation’s operations and impacted the cost of compliance and KPIs. Drawing on processes, frameworks and people and culture, this presentation will explore:

  • Effective methods for reengineering risk reporting from the board down to engage the business and operational and strategic risk managers
  • Why it’s important to tell the story: Moving away from spreadsheets and long registers to a ‘word-based’ strategy that drives more efficient and aligned outcomes
  • Tech governance: Collecting data and pulling it together for business continuity without losing its functionality
  • Adopting a cultural change piece to engage staff in the business around risk informed business decisions


  • Belinda Meyers, Director Corporate Services & Governance, Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands

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
  • What does good governance look like? Discussing lessons, challenges and best practices
  • Implementing a good governance culture and how discussing how misconduct should be treated
  • Discussing new policies, regulations and procedures, what it means and how we can adhere to new standards
  • Discussing strategies on evaluating governance effectiveness
  • How you integrate ethical decision making, and aligning decision making across the business


  • Rob Drusetta, Project Manager, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
  • Pierre Skorich, Director Cabinet Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Ian Naylor, Manager – Civic and Executive Support, Inner West Council
  • Stephen Horne, Non-Executive Director

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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