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Corruption, Reform and Trust

Thursday 21st March 2019, 8:00am – 12:15pm

Procurement is by far the greatest fraud risk in the public sector.*

The Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects, the Service Priority Review and Corruption and Crime Commission reports have shone a light on government procurement. A renewed focus on procurement reform aims to address inadequacies in procurement processes and improve decision-making to deliver important changes to the sector and better outcomes for the community. 

The Leadership in Procurement Forum brought together over 140 procurement professionals from across government agencies to explore the implications of these reports and anticipated reforms. The Forum offered a platform to share expertise, discuss strategic issues, and update government agencies on developments in procurement.

Speakers and topics include:

  • John Langoulant, Special Inquirer into Government Programs and Projects: assessing the successes and failures of government.
  • A/Professor Jeannette Taylor, The University of Western Australia: whistleblowing, integrity and trustworthiness. 
  • Ray Warnes, Corruption and Crime Commission: bribery, corruption and conflicts of interest in the public sector.
  • Carolyn McKell, State Solicitor’s Office: enhancing contractual flexibility. 
  • Emily Roper, Department of Premier and Cabinet: establishing the Public Sector Reform Unit.
  • Chris Thomson, Project Director, Procurement Reform Project Team, Department of Finance: reforming the procurement framework.

The Roundtable session of the forum had attendees breakout into groups to discuss the following procurement themes:

  • Making procurement efficient and flexible
  • Making the public sector more business savvy
  • Getting the most from your contracts and suppliers
  • Better use of procurement to drive outcomes for the community, and 
  • Effective understanding and management of procurement risk.

The problems, their impacts and ways to resolve them were discussed in small groups, with public sector employees from across government contributing to the reform conversation.

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*The 2015 PricewaterhousCoopers Fighting Fraud in the Public Sector.

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