David Wolf took part in a panel in late October for the VLGA One Year Out session (pictured above) discussing early 2020 election planning and governance procedures.
The Inspectorate led the local government stream at the Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (APSACC) on 30-31 October, hosted by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC). David Wolf facilitated a panel of academics and local government experts discussing corruption risks and local government integrity.
Some key issues were identified as emerging or future challenges for integrity in local government:
- data usage and compromise of data as security risks for an organisation
- cyber security
- procurement, specifically contract management integrity
A wrap-up of the conference is available on the IBAC website.
There was great engagement from representatives at a Corruption Prevention and Integrity Insights forum in Geelong, where representatives from across the public sector gathered to hear excellent speakers from Barwon Health, Geelong Council, IBAC, Ombudsman Victoria and VAGO.
With the increasing complexity of council organisations as a service delivery business, there are increasing expectations of elected councillors to provide governance oversight. Importantly, this includes the management of their skilled employee (CEO) in ensuring the effective management of the council as a business.
After five regional investigations, material has been consolidated into a presentation and education package aimed at councillors and the organisation to deliver to councils.