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August 2021

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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

  • Beyond the code of conduct: Building ethical competence in public officials - Can Codes of Conduct set realistic ethical standards for officials? Can training in ethics and professional standards make any practical difference in the way public officials behave? Can the notions of ‘ethical competence’ and ‘ethical reliability’ help to identify new ways of thinking about ethical performance on the part of public officials?

  • The CCC served a Notice to Appear in court on a 39-year-old Detective Senior Constable for one count of Fraud and one count of Fraudulent falsification of records. It will be alleged the current serving QPS Detective gave a false reason for speeding in a police vehicle and then submitted a false document requesting exemption for the speeding offence.

Fraud & Corruption Risk
  • The CCC Corruption Allegations Data Dashboard is a data visualisation tool that allows users to interrogate CCC corruption allegations data. The CCC has updated its Corruption Allegations Data Dashboard (CADD) to include data up to 31 December 2020. The expanded data set means allegations data for the period 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2020 is now available on the CCC website.

  • Transparency International - The Corruptions Perceptions Index (CPI) assesses the level of public sector corruption in each of the world’s 180 countries according to data from expert independent institutions. This year’s index shows the majority of the world's countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption. It reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world.

  • Queensland Police Service (QPS) Constable has today been charged with 38 criminal offences - any officer involved in this type of conduct leaves themselves open to be compromised by criminals or other associates who have the knowledge that the officer is involved in the purchasing, supplying and consuming of illegal drugs. This is a corruption risk.

Governance

  • Corrupt conduct and professional engineering services factsheet - The CCC received a complaint that employees in a local council may have been undertaking professional engineering services without the proper registration or supervision.

  • QAO - Conflicts of interest—How do you manage yours? The Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 sets out ethical principles that local governments, statutory bodies, public universities and departmental employees and their contractors must follow. Maintaining integrity in public administration requires employees to put the interests of the public first, and to address any conflict of interest in the public’s favour.

  • Caffeine collusion: fraudulent use of the company account to fund a caffeine habit can be a valid reason for dismissal

A bit of humour
The police in my area have reported the theft of a shipment of filing cabinets, document folders and labeling machines - it's believed to have been the work of organised crime.

Source: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/525654587758514025/

Announcements
  • CPNQ is holding a one hour virtual lunchtime session on 2 September 2021 for paid CPNQ members. Jim Meyers will be discussing how to build a culture of integrity to prevent fraud and corruption. Register here

  • The Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators (AAWI) is holding its annual conference on Friday 10 September 2021. Download the Programme to view some of the interesting sessions. To Register click here.


Words of Wisdom
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Friedrich Engels

Source: https://wisdomquotes.com/inspirational-quotes/


NOTE:
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Convenor's Message

Dear CPNQ members

Build it and they will come!

Thank you to everyone for your continuing support of CPNQ and please keep those membership fees coming in.

Your contributions to date have meant that we have now launched construction on our new website. Thank you!

Between National Audit Office grant scheme reports, royal commissions in multiple states involving the casino industry (who could have guessed?) and scandals at all levels of government, the need for an active and strong anti-corruption professional network has never been higher. Let’s do our part in building and strengthening that network by supporting CPNQ .

I am pleased to announce our next professional event will be held on 2 September 2021 as an all virtual event. I will be sharing my presentation with you from a recent national fraud and corruption conference. This presentation will be discussing how to build a culture of integrity to prevent fraud and corruption. The event is open to paid members so please don’t miss out and get those fees in asap.

Two call outs:

• Can any of our members or their friends assist CPNQ with some tax and business advice? Please contact me if you can help

• Hats off to our member Sam. Sam’s keen eyes detected a possible concern in our recent communications that could have raised a red flag as being a possible scam. A prize of a virtual chocolate frog for anyone else whose fraud radar is as keen as Sam’s if you can tell us what raised the flag. Sam you are a true anti-fraud professional.


Stay safe

Jim Meyers
Convenor


Membership fees

Members fees for 2021-2022 year are NOW due.

Go to: Membership Invoice

And thanks to those members who have already paid.

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