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December 2018

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Welcome

Hello and welcome to our newsletter.

The CPNQ is a non-profit incorporated association whose membership consists of individual organisations with a proactive interest in the prevention of fraud and corruption in the public, education and private sectors.

Articles or suggestions from our members for future newsletters are more than welcome. If you wish to contribute, or have any feedback or suggestions, please email Adrian.

Any views expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the views of the CPNQ Committee or CPNQ affiliates.


Deterring, Preventing, Detecting Fraud & Corruption
  • Report on Internal Controls and Governance 2018: The report provides insights into the effectiveness of controls and governance processes across the NSW public sector. It evaluates how agencies identify, mitigate and manage risks related to:
  • financial controls
  • information technology (IT), including IT vendor management
  • transparency and performance reporting
  • management of purchasing cards and taxis
  • fraud and corruption control.

  • Insider Threats Are Alive and Well. Take These 6 Steps to Reduce Risk: It’s been more than five years since Edward Snowden revealed that he stole classified information from the National Security Agency. Since then, malicious insider attacks have continued to embarrass and damage federal operations.

Fraud & Corruption Risk

  • ‘Hush hush’ plan that could stop self-serve checkout theft - The days of surreptitiously swiping ginger while pretending it's a cheap potato may soon be gone. And that completely legitimate mistake you keep making of swiping an organic avocado as a non-organic one - well that won't be happening for much longer either.

Governance
  • CCC's 2017-18 Annual Report tabled in Parliament - 2 October 2018: In the 2017-18 financial year, CCC investigations resulted in 60 people being charged with more than 300 criminal offences, and assets totalling $9.4M which were identified as the proceeds of crime were forfeited to the State.


  • Managing the risks associated with chemicals of security concern 17 October 2018 - The CCC has completed an audit of chemicals which could be used to make explosives, toxic devices and illicit drugs. The CCC's audit focused on four public sector agencies and how they managed the risks associated with these chemicals.

A bit of humour
Judge: The charge here is theft of frozen chickens. Are you the defendant?
Defendant: No, sir, I’m the guy who stole the chickens.

Judge: Is there any reason you could not serve as a juror in this case?
Juror: I don’t want to be away from my job that long.
Judge: Can’t they do without you at work?
Juror: Yes, but I don’t want them to know it.

Source: https://www.medleague.com/knowledge-base/courtroom-humor/

Thanks to our Contributors!
We would like to thank all our contributors for sharing articles of interest.

Training & Information Sharing Opportunities
CPNQ Events
  • See Jim's convenor's message for some key dates

Other Organisation's Events
  • Tackling Corruption Together: Rebuilding Trust in Australian Business and Regulators 2nd Biennial Transparency International Australia Conference



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Convenor's Message

Dear colleagues

On behalf of our new CPNQ Committee I would like to wish all members and their families a safe and happy festive season.

Thank you to all who participated in our November AGM. I am currently in the process of lodging our returns as an incorporated association with the Office of Fair Trading.

We are looking forward to another interesting year in the corruption prevention arena. We will watch closely developments regarding a possible new national integrity agency. In the local government space in Queensland the new Independent Assessor has been appointed to deal with councillor conduct matters. I think the year ahead promises many opportunities to grow our knowledge, skills and networks in corruption prevention and the Committee looks forward to working with you to host many great professional and social events in 2019. We already have a short list of candidates/volunteers for our initial seminars (Thanks Rob and Wendi) for 2019.

Thanks especially to Jack Meyer from Brisbane City Council for helping facilitate our seminar dates for 2019. You may like to put these dates and times in your diaries as place holders for our seminars at the Brisbane Square Library:

Wednesdays:
13th February
15th May
21st August
18th September
12-1pm

Thursdays:
28th March
20th June
24th October
12-1pm

Wednesday
20th November
12-2pm

A short committee meeting will be called in the coming days so please come along if you are available.

Best wishes

Jim Meyers
Convenor