Corporate governance

Report

21 Jul 2017

Evidence from Australian state based anti-corruption commissions show that the ability to hold public hearings have been critical to their success. Bodies that have regular public hearings as part of their investigations, such as NSW ICAC, are much more effective in investigating and exposing...

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Report

11 Jul 2017

Defence materiel sustainment is about the maintenance and support of Defence’s fleets of specialist military equipment: the provision of in-service support for naval, military and air platforms, fleets and systems operated by Defence. Effective sustainment of naval, military and air assets is...

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Guide

04 Jul 2017

Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular method of online fundraising for individuals, businesses, not-for-profits and charities.

Generally it involves an individual or an organisation setting a fundraising target online and then asking the crowd of the internet for donations to reach that...

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Research report

04 Jul 2017

Whistleblowing processes – or processes for encouraging and protecting staff to speak up about wrongdoing concerns and integrity challenges – are vital to integrity and good governance systems in organisations.

This report presents initial analysis of the strength of organisational...

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Research report

29 Jun 2017

Financial Markets and Transparency

One of the essential functions of financial markets is to price risk to support informed, efficient capital-allocation decisions. Accurate and timely disclosure of current and past operating and financial results is fundamental to this...

Report

19 Jun 2017

Some cases I have investigated over the years seem so unlikely you could not make them up. Except, as in this case, they did.

The facts of the case are that a senior public official at the Metropolitan Fire Brigade hired her son, not declaring the relationship, having falsified his CV and...

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Discussion paper

13 Jun 2017

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and the Australia and New Zealand Energy and Water Ombudsman Network (ANZEWON) are working collaboratively to consider what changes need to be made to the regulation of exempt sellers/exempt network service providers and scheme membership and participation...

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Report

08 Jun 2017

 

Impartiality, professionalism and integrity are important foundations for the public sector. Public sector staff must act with these values in mind, to ensure the use of public funds is as effective and efficient as possible, to meet community needs and to maintain public trust....

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Working paper

01 Jun 2017

This paper presents the findings of two Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) that were conducted in collaboration with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The first trial tests the effect of changes to letters (timing, social norms, colour, and provision of information about charitable...

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Research report

03 May 2017

This report presents the first stage of a new measure of the strength of organisational processes for responding to staff wrongdoing concerns, based on responses to the Survey of Organisational Processes and Procedures conducted in 2016 by Whistling While They Work 2: Improving managerial...

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Audio interview

28 Apr 2017

Westpac has effectively blocked any funding to the controversial Adani coal mine after overhauling its policies for the bankrolling of new thermal coal projects. Australia's second biggest bank has updated its climate change policy where it will only finance new projects in existing, rather than...

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Article

25 Apr 2017

The European Union (EU) has enacted two key regulations relating to data processing- the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)(link is external) and the Network and Information...

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Policy report

21 Apr 2017

The physical risks of climate change, along with the challenge of transition to a lower carbon world, present material risks to Australian businesses.

Investors need to be fully informed about the circumstances of a company in order to make optimal decisions about where to invest....

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Evaluation

20 Apr 2017

The objective of this study is twofold. First, to investigate the extent to which debt loading is potentially being used to reduce tax revenues in Australia, and to compare it to savings from Centrelink’s Enhanced Welfare Payment Integrity measures. Second, to discuss the effectiveness of the...

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Research report

19 Apr 2017

Former Public Service Commissioner, Stephen Sedgwick AO, was appointed by the ABA to review how bank tellers and other customer-facing bank employees, their managers, and third parties are paid by banks.

The review was charged principally with examining product sales commissions and...

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Audio program

30 Mar 2017

The chiefs of some of Australia's biggest businesses descended on Parliament House yesterday, urging the government to pass the Coalition's company tax cuts.

The renewed push for lower tax rates for big businesses comes after Parliament passed the so-called Google Tax, a 40% on any...

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Commentary

Article

29 Mar 2017

Late last week, Cricket Australia and Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) announced their 20-year sponsorship deal, estimated to have been worth $65 million over five years, had come to an end. No longer would Australian cricket players take to the field with Victoria Bitter logos emblazoned...

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Research report

23 Mar 2017

On 25 November 2015, the Senate referred the matter of inconsistencies and inadequacies of current criminal, civil and administrative penalties for corporate and financial misconduct or white-collar crime to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report.

The terms of reference...

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Research report

20 Mar 2017

It is a truism that taxpayers’ money should not be used for personal gain. This should be ingrained into every person employed on the public purse, but as this, and so many other Ombudsman investigations in past years illustrate, it is not always the case.

This investigation focuses on...

Audio program

17 Mar 2017

An increase in Australian investors wanting their retirement funds to go into the stocks of ethical companies means change is afoot within the nation's finance industry. 

The latest move has come from AMP Capital, which has announced it's banning investment in companies that manufacture...

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