Corporate governance

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13 Sep 2017

Effective whistleblowing provides an essential service in fostering integrity and accountability while deterring and exposing misconduct, fraud and corruption. A recent analysis of whistleblower protections across G20 countries found Australia's laws to be comprehensive for the public sector,...

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13 Sep 2017

This inquiry continues the work commenced by the Select Committee on the Establishment of a National Integrity Commission (2016 select committee) established during the 44th Parliament on 24 February 2016. The 2016 select committee tabled an interim report on 3 May 2016.

This report...

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08 Sep 2017

Structures for health care organisations to engage with consumers vary across Australia, but most states have some form of ‘consumer advisory committee’ required under legislation or as part of expected practice. Health Performance Council (HPC) revisited a previous review (2011) to assess what...

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Discussion paper

06 Sep 2017

ASIC has the power to ban individuals from providing financial services in certain circumstances, for example, where the individual has breached a financial services law, has been convicted of fraud, is not of ‘good fame or character’, or is not adequately trained or competent to provide...

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04 Sep 2017

This report explores some of the macro trends shaping social and economic inclusion in Australia, including workforce transitions and increasing wealth and income inequality. It considers the ways in which these trends impact on access to affordable energy supplies and participation in the...

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Discussion paper

01 Sep 2017

New research shows that the mining industry is dominated by foreign corporate interests that are spending hundreds of millions of dollars influencing our political process.

The report finds that:

  • Total revenue of mining lobby groups over the last 10 years is $524,150,431, with
  • ...
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Survey

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30 Aug 2017

It is sobering that less than 1 in 3 respondents to the survey believe that the majority of not-for-profit organisations are well-run. This has not changed in the two years since our...

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28 Aug 2017

Many Australian charities operate in, or send funds to, conflict zones and other unstable regions. These are challenging
environments, not only for service delivery but also for establishing and implementing governance structures and
financial controls.

Charities have a vital...

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Discussion paper

25 Aug 2017

The Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR) will undertake this review in consultation with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The review will examine the extent to which the Code promotes fair and efficient outcomes for both members and licensees of...

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24 Aug 2017

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has committed to implementing all 17 recommendations of the Independent Cultural Review conducted by The Ethics Centre into the workplace culture of the AOC. The Review is a comprehensive 64 page document based on the experiences and perceptions of staff...

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22 Aug 2017

This report primarily looks at two issues: the use of its powers by the RSPCA Victoria; and its expenditure of government funding.

For the most part, it appears that the objections raised by stakeholders in relation to RSPCA Victoria relate to the organisation’s historical practices....

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18 Aug 2017

The Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate (the Inspectorate) has, over time, conducted a number of investigations at Central Goldfields Shire Council. Each case raised concerns with processes and management following the actions of individuals.

In August 2012,...

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Journal article

14 Aug 2017

This paper addresses shortcomings in the scholarship about ‘wicked problems’, and suggests ways of tackling them. Firstly, accounts of these problems tend to ‘totalise’, regarding them as intractable masses of complexity, so conflict-prone and/or intractable that they defy definition and...

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09 Aug 2017

The Ararat Rural City Council failed comprehensively to act in the interest of the Municipality on some of the most important functions of any council; namely, the rating strategy, community engagement, the termination of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), appointment of an interim CEO and...

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09 Aug 2017

Internal audit is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an agency’s operations. It is an important part of the internal control framework and helps an agency accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to...

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Discussion paper

28 Jul 2017

The Insurance in Superannuation Working Group (ISWG) has released the fourth in a series of discussion papers as a further step towards developing an Insurance Code of Practice for superannuation trustees.

This discussion paper outlines proposals that seek to enhance member insurance...

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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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Research report

19 Jul 2017

Not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) play an important role in Australian society with their services impacting a large number of vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians each year. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) interacts with NFPs on a range of topics including employee obligations,...

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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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