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September 2020

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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
  • CCC - Timesheet and leave fraud: How managers can prevent and detect corrupt conduct relating to timesheets - This Prevention in focus aims to educate managers on their obligations to approve and monitor employees’ timesheets and other allowances.


  • IBAC - Information sheet - Behaviours for organisational integrity - This information sheet provides good practice guidance for public sector agencies and public officers regarding the key behaviours and actions that should be expected to support organisational integrity. While the list is not exhaustive, consideration of these behaviours will help to build capacity within public sector agencies to detect, expose and prevent misconduct and corruption.


Fraud & Corruption Risk
  • Sydney NDIS fraudster felt guilty about $1.5 million scam but continued anyway, court hears - "Any rudimentary audit process would have them discovered — they didn't hide anything, it was very silly, stupid, it's like the lolly jar".

  • Data breach exposes tens of thousands of NSW driver’s licences online

Governance


  • New Queensland Ombudsman, Anthony Reilly - Phil Clarke retired as Queensland Ombudsman on 9 July after almost 10 years. The new Ombudsman, Anthony Reilly, thanked Mr Clarke for his service to the Office of the Ombudsman and the Queensland community.

A bit of humour
A guy goes in for a job interview and sits down with the boss.
The boss asks him, “What do you think is your worst quality?”
The man says “I’m probably too honest.”
The boss says, “That’s not a bad thing, I think being honest is a good quality.”
The man replies, “I don’t care about what you think!”

Team work is important; it helps to put the blame on someone else.

I’m great at multitasking. I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.

Source: https://www.humorthatworks.com/database/funny-work-jokes-to-get-you-through-the-day/

Announcements

  • Successful mixed Zoom and in-person panel discussion event on the event at UQ City Campus

CPNQ held a successful event in September on the topic of The interrelationship of workplace bullying and corruption. Our thanks again to our speakers and facilitator.


  • CCC part sponsorship of our website upgrade fund and request for others to do similar

We would like to thank the CCC for its generosity in starting our campaign to raise funds for a new 'fresh' CPNQ website. If other organisations would like to support us in this cause please contact Convenor

  • IQ: Integrity in Queensland

A podcast series is being planned of the Heads of the Integrity Committee ‘in conversation with’ leading figures and authorities of ethics, integrity, and anti-corruption. The first podcast to be recorded will be the Nikola Stepanov in conversation with Alan MacSporran and Kathleen Florian about the interest issues each agency is seeing, and comparing the most prominent issues for each agency

  • Integrity Commissioner news

“The Big Interest Issues” session – will be a free public session being scheduled for early 2021 where three inegrity agency heads will discuss and compare interest issues across sectors and settings, including local and State Government.

  • Upcoming AGM and CCC Update

Our CPNQ AGM will be held on 25 November 2020 together with an update from Mr Alan MacSporran QC of the CCC. More information to be released shortly. Please give consideration to nominating to join the Committee for 2021.











Convenor's Message

Dear CPNQ’ers

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience as we adjust to a new normal.

2020 has been a year of change and adaptation in many respects for all of us and that is the same for CPNQ.

We have adjusted to using technology to adapt to the pandemic restrictions that threatened to shut down our very valued and valuable events and presentations.

We are forging strong partnerships with the Integrity agencies in Queensland, with academia and other organisations. We have the benefit of a world class venue to host events thanks to the generosity of the University of Queensland.

CPNQ as a network continues to grow with new members regularly joining. Our Network brings members together over such topics as Mr Pisasale who by the way will be sentenced today.

Corruption is always with us', and that CPNQ will continue to be active in helping members and their agencies to recognise and prevent it.

The CCC have kindly and generously provided CPNQ with funds to start our quest to upgrade our website and we ask your agency to do likewise to help us build a stronger CPNQ with a broader reach across this great State and elsewhere and an ability to offer you and your colleagues flexibility in accessing our professional development opportunities. As a wise English mod/revival rock group once sang: “What you give is what you get.”

We need your support to continue our positive growth, without it we will have no impact, with it we will continue into the future for years to come, building a fraud resilient community along the way. Please get in contact with me at Convenor@cpnq.org if your organisation can help.

I encourage all of you to invest your time, energy, passion and commitment to corruption prevention into building a great professional network for practitioners and up and coming practitioners alike. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our AGM and I encourage all of you to read our latest news in this newsletter.

Stay safe

Jim Meyers
Convenor




Words of Wisdom

It is true that integrity alone won't make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one. Zig Ziglar

Source more at https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/integrity-quotes


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