Australian Public Sector
Anti-Corruption Conference
Independent Commission Against Corruption, New South Wales Crime and Corruption Commission, Queensland

Call for Speakers

The Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (APSACC) is Australia's premier corruption prevention forum. The biennial conference is attended by over 500 Australian and international delegates comprising:

    • public sector executives and managers
    • corruption prevention specialists
    • governance managers
    • local government executives
    • planning specialists
    • senior police officers
    • university executive members
    • academics
    • business analysts
    • change managers
    • policy advisers
    • internal auditors
    • investigators

The APSACC organising committee is currently building a program of leading practitioners, executives and academics who will speak on pertinent issues including:

  • the most prevalent corruption risks in different sectors of government
  • key factors and environments that facilitate corruption and misconduct risks
  • organisational functions that are particularly vulnerable
  • effective prevention strategies and early intervention systems
  • effective investigations
  • controls that are appropriate and effective, and how they should be implemented
  • organisational responses to incidents of corruption and misconduct.

The APSACC organising committee welcomes proposals for speakers or topics. Please refer your proposals to:

  • Sue Bolton

    NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption

    Australian callers:
    T 02 8281 5828 | Toll free 1800 463 909

    International callers:
    T +61 2 8281 5828

  • Dr Rebecca Denning

    Crime and Corruption Commission

    Australian callers:
    T 07 3360 6060 | Toll free 1800 061 611

    International callers:
    T + 61 7 3360 6060

Conference Sub-themes

Areas of vulnerability

  • ICT contracting
  • procurement, outsourcing and tendering
  • disposal of assets
  • planning and development.

Information management and effective use

  • using technology to identify and reduce corruption
  • the benefit of diagnostic tools
  • what to do when hotspots are identified
  • use of audit as a control
  • data analysis as a control.

Planning and infrastructure

  • contractors’ incentives with public sector objectives
  • value capture
  • controls in rezoning
  • decision makers and conflicts of interest.


  • outsourcing and oversight
  • management and achieving value (sporting groups/NGOs).

Early detection/intervention systems

  • the benefits of early detection/intervention systems
  • identifying high risk behaviours, functions, individuals, organisations and sectors
  • integrating early detection/intervention systems into daily management activity
  • achieving staff acceptance of such systems.

Probity in decision making

  • assessing the value and virtue of advice
  • using information and advice to make good decisions
  • the virtue of panel decision making
  • ensuring information integrity.

Corruption and misconduct risks during organisational change

  • prioritising misconduct and corruption prevention in the change process
  • identifying and managing misconduct and corruption in a fluid environment
  • managing misconduct and corruption risks with fewer resources
  • understanding of synergies, competencies and culture issues in the change process.

Implementing change and managing imposed change

  • integrity in governance, process and systems
  • vulnerabilities to agency systems and processes during change
  • how to enhance the change process by securing staff support through effective communication
  • measuring change and its positive and negative affects
  • amalgamations – challenges and successes.

Staff susceptibility

  • identifying inducements as corruption risks
  • understanding organised crime targeting of public officials and other emerging risks
  • the psychology of corruption
  • agency norms and pressures to conform.

Identifying and addressing people risk

  • hiring and managing contract staff
  • employment screening and continual monitoring
  • risky employee behaviours (gambling, alcohol and illicit drug use).

Effective investigations

  • managing challenging investigations
  • complaint handling and developing a positive culture
  • smarter investigations.

Agency effectiveness

  • collaboration between investigators and prevention officers
  • managing investigation outcomes
  • defining and measuring corruption
  • innovations in prevention and education
  • effective management of public interest disclosures and education programs
  • building a workplace culture that accepts and promotes reporting
  • key elements of an effective reporting system
  • managing effectively while the agency is subject of external oversight or an investigation.

Political corruption

  • identifying and managing political corruption
  • transparency in lobbying and political donations
  • power and public interest – are these the same thing?
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Key Dates

  • Registration opensMonday 29 May 2017
  • Pre-conference workshops Tuesday 14 November 2017
  • Conference Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2017