Thought provoking program of international and local keynote speakers confirmed for APSACC

With just over a month to go before the 7th Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (APSACC) in Melbourne, the program is now finalised, with an outstanding range of speakers confirmed.

The Hon Anne Ferguson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, will deliver the conference's opening address, and each day of the conference will begin with two keynote addresses from expert national and international speakers, including:

  • The Hon Jennifer Coate AO will discuss her observations from her role as Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Commission presented a final report to the Governor-General in December 2017, detailing the culmination of its five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters.
  • Professor Robert Klitgaard, Claremont Graduate University, California, who will address the topic 'Who's corrupt?', considering whether corruption has become a way of life, and the collective action required by all of us to fighting systemic corruption. Professor Klitgaard will present inspiring stories of progress against systemic corruption, even in seemingly hopeless contexts, together with real examples of how of leadership is helping to prevent corruption.
  • Ms Sarah Chayes, author of Thieves of State: Why corruption threatens global security, and soon to be published Kleptocracy in America, will outline why systemic corruption is the most urgent security threat of our generation. Ms Chayes will discuss how nearly every international crisis dominating our world today – from violent ideological extremism, environmental devastation, mass migration or democratic backsliding – can be traced, at least in part, to acute corruption, and the role of international agencies and advanced countries in tackling this global problem.
  • Dr Laode M Syarif, Deputy Commissioner of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission, will draw on his experiences to present an international perspective, providing insights from the Corruption Eradication Commission's journey from its infancy through to current work to create an Indonesia free of corruption.

Themes explored in sector or issue specific concurrent sessions include local government, corruption vulnerability in the not-for-profit sector, culture and ethics, police oversight, conflicts of interest, anti-corruption agency powers, reporting corruption and misconduct, and using data in corruption prevention.

Practical case studies from the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, South Australia, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, and Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity will feature in a dedicated stream.

The conference will conclude with an integrity leaders panel discussion on common patterns and organisational failings seen in corruption matters. Commissioners will share their insights from a selection of case study examples and discuss what can be learnt from the patterns of conduct seen in matters where organisational failings mask the identification and handling of corrupt conduct.

Prior to the conference a program of four half-day interactive workshops on Tuesday 29 October provide an opportunity to explore topics in-depth, including:

  • Policy analysis 2.0 and corruption, Professor Robert Klitgaard, Claremont Graduate University, California
  • Getting the most out of your corruption prevention training program, Mr Adam Shapiro, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption
  • Preventing corruption in procurement, Professor Adam Graycar, Griffith University and University of Adelaide and Dr Stuart Macintyre, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, Victoria
  • Dealing with conflict of interest, Ms Marita Cullen, Victorian Ombudsman

Register now to be part of Australia's leading anti-corruption event. Registrations close at AEST 5pm, Thursday 24 October (or when sold out). You can view the program online, plus more information about the keynote speakers and pre-conference workshops.

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