Develop frameworks to improve accountability
Maintain best practice governance through transformation
Generate buy-in with citizens and stakeholders
Model ethical leadership to strengthen governance structures
First Assistant Secretary, International Division
Executive Director, Innovation Governance and Strategy
Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games
Group Executive Director
Australian National Audit Office
Executive Director, Strategic Investment, Reporting and Audit
General Manager, People and Planning
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
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It is more important than ever to develop a strong concept of organisational ethics. Speaking with a wealth of experience in the public sector and abroad, Sue will discuss values, ethics and how to lead in a way that builds trust with stakeholders and citizens.
- A look at ethical leadership at home and internationally
- Values-based leadership in an organisation
- Ethics as a way to build stakeholder and citizen trust
Sue Robertson First Assistant Secretary, International Division Attorney-General's Department
Having a culture of trust is essential to the ongoing progression of your organisation. A lack of trust in stakeholders can have a very negative effect on culture. Hear Lisa share the essential mechanisms for building trust.
- Create a culture of trust and loyalty
- A Local Land Services case study
- Build trust with key stakeholders
Lisa Coletta Director, Strategy, Performance and Governance Local Lands Council
Disruption is often seen as one of the biggest obstacles to governance but can really lead to huge long-term improvements. Jodie will explore lessons from her experience to turn disruption into an important stepping stone.
- Governance lessons learned through disruption
- Create a confident culture for disruption
- Reframe disruption as a way to improve governance
Whether implementing new frameworks or reaffirming good governance practices, it is important to effectively communicate the message all the way, from leadership to line managers. Rachael will share her experiences in the public sector and offer strategies for effective communication.
- Create a receptive culture
- Have a clear and direct message
- Communicate across the organisation
Rachael Jackson General Manager, People and Planning Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Effective data governance is an important step to ensuring integrity and public trust in the organisation. Philip will reflect on lessons across his career to address these issues.
- Strategies to maintain effective data governance
- Create a safe and secure organisation
- Discuss ethical issues in data governance
Philip Uys Director, Learning Technologies Charles Sturt University
During times of transformation and change, maintaining effective governance can be especially challenging. Our panellists will discuss the best ways to overcome these challenges and establish good governance in the toughest of times.
- The right governance frameworks to promote change
- Manage disruption and resistance
- Practical advice from governance leaders
Christopher White Director, City Corporate Liverpool City Council
Pierre Skorich Strategic Governance and Risk Adviser Australian Public Service
Heather Millard Director, Corporate Engagement Branch Department of Finance
Stuart Crome Manager, Workforce Development and Protocol Australian Federal Police
Risk management can be very difficult for organisations, particularly complex and large departments. Drawing on case studies at the ANAO and throughout her time with the APS, Lisa will explore what good governance really looks like when it comes to risk management.
- Understand effective governance models
- Balance risk management with creativity
- Use governance to effectively manage risk
Lisa Rauter Group Executive Director Australian National Audit Office
The process of procurement in the public sector can often be a source of controversy. Sheena will discuss best practices to approach procurement proceedings to ensure probity, accountability, and ultimately build trust.
- An ethical approach to suppliers and the market
- Assessing and measuring probity
- Transparency - when to go public with results
Policy development and planning often results in change, which can be challenging to manage in a large organisation with diverse staff. These changes can also impact ethical and governance risks, so knowing how to navigate these challenges are key to organisational effectiveness.
- Establish frameworks to plan for change
- Understand the interaction of culture and change
- Manage ethical and governance risks in times of change
Martin Dunn Director at InnovationXChange Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
In the ever-changing public sector environment, it is becoming all the more essential to consistently manage, monitor and improve your teams. This is where good governance plays a vital role. Cass will share her personal experience leading a variety of roles within government to share the importance of effective governance.
- The value of ethical leadership and governance
- Key takeaways to lead effectively
- Manage the mercurial environment
Cass Coleman Assistant Director, Divisional Government and Business Support Department of the Environment and Energy
It can be challenging to generate organisational buy-in and establish an effective motivation to comply when implementing new governance frameworks. Nicolle will address these challenges and offer tips to foster integrity, adherence and good governance in your organisation.
- Motivate your staff to comply with frameworks
- Promote integrity, adherence and best practice
- Break old habits and establish new ways of thinking
Nicolle Kelly Executive Director, Innovation Governance and Strategy Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games
Organisations across the APS are on a journey of digital transformation, learning to tackle new tech and navigate complex times. Annette will draw on her experiences as a governance and risk specialist to explore the impact of good governance during this transition.
- Manage the risks associated with digital transformation
- Understand what governance frameworks need to be in place
- Communicate those frameworks across the organisation
Ethics, culture and leadership all have a direct impact on the effectiveness of governance frameworks and organisational trust. Our panellists will explore what ethical leadership really looks like in this interactive discussion.
- What is ethical leadership?
- Embed ethics into organisational culture
- Improve performance, fairness and accountability through ethics
Julie Walsh Executive Director, Strategic Investment, Reporting and Audit Victoria Police
Kim-Sherie Summers Executive Director People & Culture Department of Human Services South Australia
Helen Lever General Manager, Customer and Corporate Northern Beaches Council
The first step to assuring better performance and accountability is to ensure that governance frameworks are effective and fit to departmental goals. Chris will discuss how to assess and measure the efficacy of existing governance.
- Review the perceived value of governance
- Determine what metrics to use when evaluating
- Assess the sustainability of current frameworks
In this final interactive session, our chair brings the conference to a close. Sheena will review the lessons learned from the last two days and offer an action plan for implementation back in the office.
- Key takeaways from the event
- Insight into future trends in the space
- An action plan for ethical leadership and good governance
Assessing and measuring current frameworks
- Good vs poor governance - What to measure and by whom?
- Review the business logic of existing frameworks
- Reach upwards with governance evaluation
Writing frameworks that fit your department’s goals
- Determine how much governance is required
- Performance and conformance - What is the right balance?
- Explore how governance isn’t ‘one size fits all’
Understanding risk and simplifying it throughout the organisation
- Set up risk, control and audit processes
- Explore how governance and risk management work best together
- Manage risk through committees or line management
Implementing new frameworks in times of change
- Reduce ‘red tape’ to promote agility
- Establish frameworks that promote change
- Strengthen your corporate governance frameworks
Establishing proactive governance and long-term strategic planning
- Reframe from reactive to proactive when it comes to risk
- Determine long-term and practical organisational goals
- Review flexible and evolving principles-based governance systems
Preparing for a ‘health check’ to continually evaluate effectiveness
- What should be on a review checklist?
- Where to find existing tools to prepare for review?
- Review perceived value of governance towards process improvement
Identifying stakeholder critical success factors for governance
- Obtain senior management buy-in for governance initiatives
- Communicate clear message from leadership to line managers
- Foster a culture of accountability and integrity
Leading by example to drive performance and improve compliance
- Demonstrate integrity, ethically through a position of trust
- Taking responsibility and being answerable for decisions
- Values-based leadership to inspire adherence
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