NSW Public Sector Guide to Spotting Procurement Red Flags

NSW Public Sector Guide to Spotting Procurement Red Flags

The NSW ICAC has released a procurement guide to help NSW agencies identify dodgy suppliers, eliminate corruption risks and comply with regulatory requirements. Among other things, the guide encourages NSW public sector agencies to check along their supply line to make sure they are not receiving goods and services from overseas operators involved in modern… Continue Reading

New Report on Australian Government Fraud

New Report on Australian Government Fraud

The latest census of fraud against the Commonwealth by the Australian Institute of Criminology has found there were 590 convicted cases of fraud against federal entities last year with fraud potentially costing the government $1.7 billion. The report found that between 2017-19 the amount lost as result of fraud from customers, third party providers, vendors… Continue Reading

New Minimum Wages

New Minimum Wages

The Australian Fair Work Commission has announced a 1.75% increase to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) following its 2020 Annual Wage Review. The increase applies to awards in 3 stages, which start from the first full pay period on or after: 1 July 2020 1 November 2020 1 February 2021. You can find out which… Continue Reading

NSW Privacy Survey 2020

NSW Privacy Survey 2020

The NSW Privacy Commissioner has published the results of the 2020 survey of NSW community attitudes towards privacy. The results provide a broad and indicative sense of the public’s view of how privacy is regarded in areas such as data breaches by NSW government agencies, citizens’ awareness of their right to access their personal information,… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses (QLD)

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses (QLD)

Employers need to take action to protect staff and others at the workplace from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 so far as is reasonably practicable. Watch a webinar delivered by the QLD Office of Industrial Relations that discusses the resources available to businesses issued by the health authorities and how to put in place… Continue Reading

Building Reform Legislation (NSW)

Building Reform Legislation (NSW)

In its efforts to reform the construction and building industry, the NSW Government has introduced two new bills: * the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019, which is fundamental to reforming the shortcomings in the building and construction industry. Amendments to the bill also provide for the registration of engineers and the requirement of Continuous… Continue Reading

COVID-19 awareness training for food service operators (NSW)

COVID-19 awareness training for food service operators (NSW)

The NSW Food Authority and NSW Health are offering a free COVID-19 awareness online course for food service operators. The training has been developed for anyone working in NSW food retail and food service businesses and covers key measures recommended for COVID-19 control. Key topics addressed: * COVID-19 Introduction and background * Infection, signs and… Continue Reading

NSW Universities Audit 2019

NSW Universities Audit 2019

The NSW Audit Office has released a report on the results of financial audits of NSW universities for the year ended 31 December 2019; before the impact of the COVID‑19 pandemic. All ten NSW universities received unqualified audit opinions. NSW universities provided data on COVID‑19 impacted student enrolments for semester one 2020. Overall numbers of… Continue Reading

Temporary Changes to the Fair Work Act

Temporary Changes to the Fair Work Act

Changes have been made to support the implementation of the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme. JobKeeper employers can ask their JobKeeper employees to change when they work or take paid annual leave, or can require them to reduce their hours or days, change their duties, or change their work location. Certain safeguards apply. To find out… Continue Reading

Position Vacant (NSW): Director, Special Counsel

Position Vacant (NSW): Director, Special Counsel

The NSW Department of Communities & Justice has advertised a Sydney-based position for Director, Special Counsel. The Special Counsel role is responsible for providing advice and advocacy to the Department in relation to Inquiries and Housing. The main focus areas of this role include: * Providing authoritative advice and representation of the Department in Housing… Continue Reading

Managing fraud and corruption risks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Managing fraud and corruption risks during the COVID-19 pandemic

The NSW Office of Local Government has issued two new resources to assist NSW councils to manage the fraud and corruption risks associated with changes to operations arising from the COVID-19 pandemic: o the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) Managing corrupt conduct during the COVID-19 outbreak, and o theAustralianCyberSecurityCentre’sWebConferencingSecurity. Councils are encouraged to consider… Continue Reading

NSW Local Government Statutory Changes

NSW Local Government Statutory Changes

The NSW Office of Local Government (OLG) has issued a Circular to Councils regarding a one-month extension: o to adopt their 2020-21 Operational Plan (including Revenue Policy, Statement of Fees and Charges and annual budget) before 31 July 2020; o to submit audited financial reports by 30 November 2020; and o for the preparation and… Continue Reading

ASIC Regulatory Priorities

ASIC Regulatory Priorities

ASIC has published Changes to regulatory work and priorities in response to COVID-19, which sets out its changed regulatory priorities and support arrangements that are available on a temporary basis (possibly until at least 30 September 2020). Summary of Reprioritisation * ASIC will allow additional time for the industry to respond to ASIC notices; *… Continue Reading

Working from home is likely to stay

Working from home is likely to stay

An April 2020 Gartner survey of 229 HR leaders has found that many workers are planning to work remotely more often in the future. Currently nearly 50% of organisations report that 81% or more of their employees are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another 15% of those surveyed said 61-80% of employees are working… Continue Reading

Supermarkets & pharmacies can open 24/7 in NSW

Supermarkets & pharmacies can open 24/7 in NSW

Supermarkets and pharmacies in NSW can now operate 24 x 7 during the pandemic. They are also allowed to deliver 24 x 7. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 was changed to enable this. Stores will also be able to dispose of their waste at any time of day, rather than during restricted hours,… Continue Reading

NSW Council Elections Postponed

NSW Council Elections Postponed

The September 2020 NSW local government elections will be postponed given the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus. The Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) has been amended to confer on the Minister, a time-limited power to postpone council elections. The postponement of the next election will not change the future schedule of council elections, and… Continue Reading

Beware Coronavirus Scams

Beware Coronavirus Scams

GRC Services reminds everyone to stay vigilant to scams related to Coronavirus, with one of the latest scams in circulation targeting job-seekers through fake online ads. Scammers are posting legitimate-looking job ads on official jobseeker websites and asking ‘successful’ applicants for personal information as part of the application process, including: • current residential address and… Continue Reading

NSW DPC Coronavirus Circulars

NSW DPC Coronavirus Circulars

The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) issued two circulars on 12 March 2020 in relation to COVID–19: • C2020-01 relates to employment arrangements in relation to COVID-19. Circular C2020-01 provides guidance on sick leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, and arrangements for employees who are excluded from the workplace or who are unable to… Continue Reading

Basic Remote Access Controls during the Coronavirus

Basic Remote Access Controls during the Coronavirus

As more and more organisations request staff to work from home, security over remote access (i.e. “teleworking”) will be as important as ever. Unfortunately, we anticipate that adversaries will focus on remote access attacks during this period. What should you do? The following is by no means a comprehensive list of all controls that should… Continue Reading

New ASIC Regulatory Framework for FFSPs

New ASIC Regulatory Framework for FFSPs

The Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) has released its new regulatory framework for foreign financial services providers (FFSPs) supplying financial services to wholesale clients in Australia. Summary of Changes To date, there have been two forms of licensing relief currently available to FFSPs: * ‘Sufficient Equivalence Relief’, which applies where an FFSP provides certain… Continue Reading

NSW Office of Local Government Coronavirus Update

NSW Office of Local Government Coronavirus Update

The NSW Office of Local Government has issued a formal Circular to Councils by way of an update. It states that NSW Health will be advising local councils on measures that need to be implemented within the workplace. Current information and advice for the community and business is available here. What Councils should do As… Continue Reading

NSW Audit Office Report on Local Government

NSW Audit Office Report on Local Government

The NSW Audit Office has released its 2019 audit report concerning the NSW local government sector. Unqualified audit opinions were issued on the 2018–19 financial statements of 134 councils and 11 joint organisations. The opinion for one council was disclaimed and three audits are yet to be completed. What did the audit examine? In addition… Continue Reading

Updated Fair Work Information Statement

Updated Fair Work Information Statement

The Fair Work Ombudsman has updated the Fair Work Information Statement (FWIS) to make it easier to understand minimum workplace entitlements. The provision of the FWIS forms part of the National Employment Standards (NES). The NES apply to all employees covered by the national workplace relations system, regardless of any award, agreement or contract. Every… Continue Reading

State of Freedom of Information in Victoria

State of Freedom of Information in Victoria

The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) has published a report on the State of Freedom of Information in Victoria: Five Years in Review 2014 – 2019. The report provides a five year overview of the administration of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) in Victoria, measures its effectiveness, illustrates trends… Continue Reading

NSW Treasury TPP 20-01

NSW Treasury TPP 20-01

The NSW Government has published its Financial Reporting Code for NSW General Government Sector Entities (TPP 20-01). The Code sets out the financial reporting framework for all NSW General Government Sector (NSW GGS) entities. It provides a model financial reporting framework which promotes consistency across the NSW GGS. It is not mandatory in its entirety… Continue Reading

NSW Government Supplier Code of Conduct

NSW Government Supplier Code of Conduct

The NSW Government has updated its Supplier Code of Conduct. The Code defines a minimum set of expectations and behaviours for doing business with NSW Government. It also defines implications and penalties for non compliance including termination of contracts, criminal investigation and suspension or removal from prequalification schemes and panel arrangements. The Code includes many… Continue Reading

Good Governance for School Councils

Good Governance for School Councils

Australian schools are complex organisations. They fall into three broad groups: government schools, faith-based schools and independent schools. They can be run by governments, parents, appointees, religious institutions, corporations and/or charities. They can be funded by any or all of federal, state and territory governments, parents and fundraising from the public. They’re regulated by governments… Continue Reading

ANAO Report on ATSI Participation Targets in Major Procurements

ANAO Report on ATSI Participation Targets in Major Procurements

In May 2015 the government introduced the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP), which includes a requirement for Australian Government entities to apply mandatory minimum requirements (MMRs) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation to high value contracts in certain industry categories. The MMRs apply to non-corporate Commonwealth entity procurements valued over $7.5 m in eight services… Continue Reading

Data Breach Action Plan for Health Sector

Data Breach Action Plan for Health Sector

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC’s) Notifiable Data Breaches Report for July to December 2019 shows health service providers continue to report more data breaches to the OAIC than any other sector. Following the release of the OAIC’s Guide to health privacy, they’ve published a four-step action plan specifically aimed at the health… Continue Reading

Children’s Guardian Act 2019

Children’s Guardian Act 2019

Councils and other relevant entities are reminded that from 1 March 2020, the Children’s Guardian Act 2019 will commence, and the Office of the Children’s Guardian will administer the Reportable Conduct Scheme. Under the Act, councils and other relevant entities are required to have systems in place for identifying, receiving and responding to ‘reportable allegations’… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Facts and Resources

Coronavirus Facts and Resources

NSW Health has released a range of factsheets and resources to support the distribution of accurate and current information on the novel coronavirus (COVID‑19). Councils, State Government agencies, private sector firms and NFPs are encouraged to share these resources with their staff. Information and FAQs are available in English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Arabic, Bahasa,… Continue Reading

Council Planning Statements Due Soon

Council Planning Statements Due Soon

In 2018 we blogged about the need for Councils to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) providing a blueprint for land use in the local area over the next two decades, including how the special character of an the area will be preserved and how change will be managed in the future. The statements… Continue Reading

ACCC’s 2020 Enforcement and Compliance Priorities

ACCC’s 2020 Enforcement and Compliance Priorities

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has published its enforcement and compliance priorities for 2020. For 2020, the ACCC’s priorities are: * Competition and consumer issues in the funeral services sector. * Competition and consumer issues relating to digital platforms. * Competition and consumer issues arising from the pricing and selling of essential services, with… Continue Reading

Risk Reduction for Robotic Process Automation

Risk Reduction for Robotic Process Automation

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is technology that allows configuration of “robots” (i.e. software) to emulate and integrate the actions of a human. RPA is predominant in mining, manufacturing, military/defence and even healthcare. It is anticipated that RPA and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will become more and more prevalent this decade. Therefore studies such CyberArk’s “The CISO… Continue Reading

New EU Guidelines for Hospital Procurement Cybersecurity

New EU Guidelines for Hospital Procurement Cybersecurity

GRC has advocated for greater focus and consideration of cybersecurity controls within healthcare environments. This goes beyond just traditional IT, communications and computing. Our prior blogs have defined the threats and controls that need to be considered for connected medical devices and “Internet of Things” devices within the medical world. Our advice has always been… Continue Reading

Top 10 Risks for 2020

Top 10 Risks for 2020

There are many studies about the “top risks” that organisations face. The results sometimes correlate, sometimes they don’t. Nonetheless, it’s useful to consider those risks within your own organisation’s context. According to the Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2020 global study conducted by the NC State University, two overarching themes surround most of the… Continue Reading

Congratulating Nichola Constant

Congratulating Nichola Constant

GRC Services congratulates Nichola Constant for having been appointed as the first female Chief Commissioner of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC). Commissioner Constant replaces Chief Commissioner Peter Kite SC, who retired in December 2019. Commissioner Constant has nearly 20 years experience in workplace relations in both the private and public sector as a director… Continue Reading

Land Use Planning Changes, NSW

Land Use Planning Changes, NSW

The NSW Office of Local Government has issued a new Circular setting out changes to planning rules to ensure more people impacted by the bushfires are able to clean up and make safe their property and allow bush fire affected people to establish temporary accommodation, without the need for council approval. From 4 February 2020,… Continue Reading

Webinars for Charities

Webinars for Charities

The ACNC will be running the following webinars during March and April 2020: Charities and the bushfire disaster response: 12 March 2020, 12pm – 1pm This special webinar is aimed at helping charities that have received an influx of donations or funding to help conduct bushfire-related relief efforts, or who are working in areas affected… Continue Reading

Business Continuity Planning and Pandemics

Business Continuity Planning and Pandemics

On the 23rd January 2020, we posted a blog about the importance of ensuring your Business Continuity Plans address pandemics such as the Coronavirus. We offered some practical considerations when reviewing your plans, including consideration of the following threats: * Unavailability of key personnel; * Unavailability of IT personnel * Disruption to supplier goods and… Continue Reading

New PCI DSS Guidance for Large Organisations

New PCI DSS Guidance for Large Organisations

The PCI Security Standards Council has published a new Information Supplement: PCI DSS for Large Organizations (sic). The supplement proposes that larger organisation experience more interconnected and complex relationships with internal business units and third parties. As such, they may need to evolve their approaches for implementing and maintaining PCI DSS controls. The supplement provides… Continue Reading

District Court Judge NSW

District Court Judge NSW

The NSW Attorney General is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as a judge of the District Court of NSW. Applications close on Tuesday, 3 March 2020 (11.59 pm). For more information, or to lodge an application, please visit iworkfor.nsw.gov.au Continue Reading

Conflict of Interest FAQ

Conflict of Interest FAQ

The NSW ICAC has published new conflict of interest FAQs for managers and public officials and a new sample policy. Members of society have an expectation that public officials, along with their close connections and associates, should never be in a position to obtain an undue personal benefit as a result of the public official… Continue Reading

NSW Health Foundation ICT Services & Platforms Policy

NSW Health Foundation ICT Services & Platforms Policy

NSW Health has issued Policy Directive PD2020_005 which requires all NSW Health entities to use a range of statewide clinical, corporate and infrastructure ICT services, standards and platforms to ensure consistent foundational capabilities across NSW Health. The mandatory services and platforms are:  Enterprise Imaging Repository (EIR)  Health Establishment Registration On-line (HERO)  HealtheNet… Continue Reading

Cr Pat Dixon Memorial Scholarship

Cr Pat Dixon Memorial Scholarship

The 2020 Cr Pat Dixon Memorial Scholarship was established for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander councillors and council staff members in NSW to undertake further study, professional development or research. It was setup in recognition of Councillor Pat Dixon’s service in local government and provides assistance to the value of $5000 for one or more… Continue Reading

Organisational Risk Management Structures

Organisational Risk Management Structures

The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), the global industry group for exchanges and Central Clearing Counterparties (CCPs), has published a benchmarking paper examining the organisational structures for enterprise and operational risk within market infrastructures. The study, ‘Organisational Structures for Enterprise and Operational Risk’, is a first step to agreeing and harmonising industry enterprise risk management… Continue Reading

Australian Blockhain Roadmap

Australian Blockhain Roadmap

In a blockchain network, different blocks contain data about transactions, trades, and contracts within the system in cryptographic form. For example, blocks may contain details about a financial transaction, medical records, or even voting results. All blocks are lined up in a chain and are interconnected, so in order to create a new block, the… Continue Reading

4 Ways to Increase a Website’s Effectiveness

4 Ways to Increase a Website’s Effectiveness

Botify, an France-based SJE Group investment company, has posted an interesting article that can help organisations optimise their “crawl budget” and increase their website ROI. This is a summary of their key points. Botify defines “crawl budget” as the maximum number of pages a search engine will crawl on any given website. Given that search… Continue Reading

New Tranche of Modern Awards Commence 4th February 2020

New Tranche of Modern Awards Commence 4th February 2020

The Fair Work Commission undertakes a four-yearly review of all modern awards. 2020 falls within the four-year cycle and, this time, the new modern awards will be released in three tranches. The first of these three tranches will commence in the first full pay period on or after 4 February 2020. It includes the following… Continue Reading

New Enterprise Risk Management Guidance from COSO

New Enterprise Risk Management Guidance from COSO

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) has published new guidance, ‘Creating and Protecting Value: Understanding and Implementing Enterprise Risk Management’ to better inform organisations on the benefits of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). The guidance is based on good practices used by organisations that take an incremental, step-by- step approach to implementing… Continue Reading

An Intro to ISO 10015

An Intro to ISO 10015

We’ve all heard of ISO 9000, the Quality Management System standard. But have you heard about ISO 10015? As a member of the ISO 9000 quality management suite, ISO 10015 acts as a guideline to education and training within organisations. It aims to ensure that employees within an organisation are well-trained and competent to “meet… Continue Reading

Persuasive Written Submissions Seminar

Persuasive Written Submissions Seminar

Join the Public Law Section of the NSW Bar on Wednesday 12 February for their first seminar of 2020. The presentation ‘Persuasive Written Submissions‘ will be given by Neil Williams SC, Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers and chaired by The Hon Justice John Griffiths, Federal Court of Australia. The session will run from 5:15pm –… Continue Reading

Recruiting Challenges for Regional Councils

Recruiting Challenges for Regional Councils

Regional Councils throughout Australia often face difficulty in sourcing skilled, local human resources. This is often exacerbated by the issue of an ageing workforce at regional Councils given that younger members of the workforce prefer to live in larger cities, and for the fact that private sector organisations within the region can often afford to… Continue Reading

NSW Government to Consolidate Websites

NSW Government to Consolidate Websites

The NSW Government will follow the steps of VIC, SA and WA by unifying around 500 existing NSW agency websites into a consolidated nsw.gov.au hub. The aim of the unification is to enhance customer experience by making information easier to find, and reducing costs. It is estimated that the unified website would save “tens of… Continue Reading

NSW Independent Planning Commission Review Results

NSW Independent Planning Commission Review Results

The NSW Independent Planning Commission is a statutory body whose function is primarily to act as consent authority in relation to State significant development. The Commission is not subject to Ministerial control other than in relation to its procedure. The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces requested the Productivity Commissioner (Peter Achterstraat, the former NSW… Continue Reading

Red Tape Removed for Bushfire-Affected Councils in NSW

Red Tape Removed for Bushfire-Affected Councils in NSW

The NSW Government has approved a specific exemption for NSW councils from tendering requirements to save time and resources when undertaking bushfire-related works. Councils are now exempt from tendering requirements for bushfire-related contracts valued up to $500,000 until 1 July 2020, up from the standard $250,000 threshold in the Local Government Act. Although councils must… Continue Reading

NSW Building Commissioner’s Proposed Rating System

NSW Building Commissioner’s Proposed Rating System

The NSW Government will introduce legislation to support the implementation of ratings systems for professionals in the building industry as well as strong new powers to prevent occupation certificates from being issued on suspect developments. The rating system will rank builders, developers and certifiers on their workplace safety record, customer complaints, the age of their… Continue Reading

US SEC OCIE Cyber security & Resiliency Report

US SEC OCIE Cyber security & Resiliency Report

The US Securities and Exchange Commission Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations has issued a report providing observations related to cyber security and operational resiliency practices obtained from examinations taken by market participants. The observations highlight certain approaches taken by market participants in the areas of governance and risk management, access rights and controls,… Continue Reading

Balranald Shire Council Dismissed

Balranald Shire Council Dismissed

Balranald Shire Council has been dismissed following a public inquiry which found it is plagued by entrenched performance and behavioural issues. An Administrator has been appointed to perform the role of the mayor and councillors until 2024. Balranald Shire is a local government area in the Riverina area of western NSW. It includes the towns… Continue Reading

NSW Health Policy on Identifying and Responding to Abuse of Older People

NSW Health Policy on Identifying and Responding to Abuse of Older People

NSW Health has issued a Policy Directive (PD2020_01) that prescribes requirements for identifying and responding to abuse of older people. This includes the responsibility of NSW Health organisations to develop and implement local protocols and provide staff training. NSW Health organisations local protocols are to include:  local escalation processes and training requirements for staff… Continue Reading

NSW Council HR Network

NSW Council HR Network

Local Government NSW coordinates a NSW council HR network. The network meets in Sydney to discuss current topics in Local Government HR and industrial matters. Guest speakers are invited from time to time. Meeting Dates for 2020 Meetings for 2020 are scheduled for: * Wednesday, 4 March 2020 * Friday, 29 May 2020 * Wednesday,… Continue Reading

Governance in Arts and Culture Entities

Governance in Arts and Culture Entities

The Australia Council for the Arts and the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) have issued a report titled Arts and Culture Governance Spotlight, following a national survey of nearly 1900 not-for-profit sector leaders. Summary of Findings Top issues for arts and culture leaders at the board table include: * The need to boost board… Continue Reading

Defence’s Management of Public Communications and Media Activities

Defence’s Management of Public Communications and Media Activities

The ANAO has published its report following an examination of the effectiveness and appropriateness of the Department of Defence’s management of its public communications and media activities. Public communication activities within the Commonwealth government are diverse and include advertising campaigns, information campaigns, non-campaign advertising, and a variety of other media, information and marketing activities. These… Continue Reading

Charity Reporting Obligations

Charity Reporting Obligations

This is a “back to basics” guide for reporting obligations of Australian charities. Charities have an ongoing obligation to report each reporting period. Charities report by submitting an Annual Information Statement (AIS) and an annual financial report (if medium or large in size). The size of a charity is based on its total annual revenue… Continue Reading

Corruption Perception Index 2019

Corruption Perception Index 2019

Transparency International has released its 2019 Corruption Perception Index which analyses and assigns each country a score for perceived public sector corruption. A score of 100 indicates a country’s government is perceived to be “very clean” and zero is “highly corrupt”. Australia has a score of 77 (ranking 12th) while New Zealand ranked equal first… Continue Reading

The NSW Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (the PID Act) sets in place a system to encourage insiders to report serious wrongdoing in the NSW public sector by providing certain legal protections. It is overseen by the NSW Ombudsman. The NSW Ombudsman’s Office has released its 2018-2019 report on its oversight of the PID Act.… Continue Reading

Wanted: Arbitrators, Workers Compensation Commission of NSW

Wanted: Arbitrators, Workers Compensation Commission of NSW

The Workers Compensation Commission of NSW is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced people for appointment to the positions of Arbitrator. A career as an Arbitrator within the Workers Compensation Commission offers many opportunities and benefits including stability, flexibility and ability to manage your own workload. They also offer generous remuneration and conditions and… Continue Reading

IIA Whitepaper on Insurable Risk Reporting

IIA Whitepaper on Insurable Risk Reporting

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) in Australia has published a new whitepaper that provides a basis for internal auditors, boards, audit committees, and risk and insurance managers to evaluate the quality and completeness of insurable risk reporting for their organisation. It proposes five fundamental questions for audit committees to consider which form the basis… Continue Reading

Western Harbour Tunnel and Waringah Freeway Upgrade: Have Your Say

Western Harbour Tunnel and Waringah Freeway Upgrade: Have Your Say

Have your say on the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway upgrade which is on public exhibition now until Thursday, 12 March 2020. The proposal includes the Western Harbour Tunnel, which would stretch from the Warringah Freeway at Cammeray, across Sydney Harbour, connecting to the WestConnex interchange at Rozelle. The proposal also includes upgrades… Continue Reading

CPA Australia Disaster Recovery Toolkit

CPA Australia Disaster Recovery Toolkit

Sadly, we know that many people, communities and businesses have been impacted by the bushfires currently impacting much of Australia. Although the immediate concerns quite rightly remain on community and wildlife safety, food and shelter, small businesses will need to consider how to recover and rebuild. Best practice for businesses of all sizes is to… Continue Reading

Guidance for UK Trade Community Ahead of Brexit

Guidance for UK Trade Community Ahead of Brexit

The UK Government has notified all VAT-registered businesses trading with the EU and other countries, of actions that they must take before the end of the transition period. These actions include: * Obtaining a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number; and * Making preparations for the new customs procedures. There will be no… Continue Reading

Get Ready for Privacy Awareness Week 2020

Get Ready for Privacy Awareness Week 2020

Privacy Awareness Week is an annual event that helps raise awareness about the importance of protecting personal information and helps organisations, government agencies and the public better understand and appreciate the privacy landscape. This year’s Privacy Awareness Week runs from Monday 4 May to Sunday 10 May. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC),… Continue Reading

Corporate Data in the Cloud is not Always Secure

Corporate Data in the Cloud is not Always Secure

Recent studies by large firms such as McAfee and Gemalto have found that 79% of companies store sensitive data in the public cloud, but 65% are unable to analyse all the data they collect and only 54% of companies know where all of their sensitive data is stored. They have also found that thousands of… Continue Reading

Operation Yabber: Lessons Learned

Operation Yabber: Lessons Learned

The QLD Crime and Corruption Commission’s (CCC) has tabled its report on Operation Yabber, which investigated allegations of corrupt conduct relating to senior employees and councillors at the Gold Coast City Council. The investigation considered a range of allegations including that the Mayor misused his powers to undermine his CEO after his Chief of Staff… Continue Reading

Have Your Say: City of Sydney’s Smart City Strategy

Have Your Say: City of Sydney’s Smart City Strategy

The City of Sydney is seeking feedback on its plans to become a smart city. The City’s draft Smart City Strategic Framework outlines how Sydney plans to “do more with less” in terms of energy, resources and space thanks to data and “smart” infrastructure. It proposes five outcomes: A city supporting connected, empowered communities; A… Continue Reading

Congratulating Justin Keefe

Congratulating Justin Keefe

GRC Services congratulates Justin Keefe for his appointment as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Australian Department of Defence. As the department’s new CTO, Justin will take charge of the CTO division, which oversees Defence’s IT strategy, technology roadmaps, architecture and the delivery of IT systems and applications. He will also provide strategic guidance and… Continue Reading

Azure Security Benchmark

Azure Security Benchmark

Microsoft has published its first Azure Security Benchmark v1 (ASB). ASB inlcudes over 90 security best practice recommendations you can employ to increase the overall security and compliance of all your workloads in Azure. The ASB controls are based on industry standards and best practices, such as Center for Internet Security (CIS) and NIST. ASB… Continue Reading

A Zero Trust Approach to Cyber Security

A Zero Trust Approach to Cyber Security

A 2018 study conducted by Forrester found that organisations that adopt a Zero Trust Security approach are twice as confident to accelerate new business initiatives and customer experiences. Zero Trust Security assumes that untrusted parties already exist both inside and outside an organisation’s network. In other words, not all staff and contractors might be trusted,… Continue Reading

Congratulating Linda Da Silva

Congratulating Linda Da Silva

GRC Services and The SJE Group congratulates Ms Linda Da Silva on her appointment as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at ING. Ms Da Silva joins ING from Westpac’s BT Financial Group where she was the CIO. She takes over from Ms Ani Paul who has now become ING’s Global Chief Data Officer based in Amsterdam.… Continue Reading

The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Business Continuity Considerations

The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Business Continuity Considerations

The situation with the 2019-nCoV disease outbreak has moved on rapidly since it was first identified in Wuhan City, China. Infected people have been identified in Thailand, Japan and the Republic of Korea; and the first cases of human-to-human transmission have been confirmed. In response to the disease spread, The World Health Organization (WHO) had… Continue Reading

Phishing Attacks

Phishing Attacks

It is often said that people are the weakest link in information security. No matter how many technical controls IT staff might put in place, a simple click of a malicious link can bring an organisation to its knees. All it takes is one employee, and one click. Phishing attacks continue to be one of… Continue Reading

New SAI Global Assurance Whitepaper on ISO 45001

New SAI Global Assurance Whitepaper on ISO 45001

Safety isn’t just a tick in a checkbox, it’s a 24×7 commitment to ensuring all standards are met and risks are mitigated when it comes to employee safety. In fact, identifying potential hazards should be viewed as an opportunity that not only improves business operations and processes but also helps gain a competitive edge over… Continue Reading

World Bar Conference 2020

World Bar Conference 2020

Early bird registrations are now open for the World Bar Conference 2020 which will take place on 8-9 April 2020 at The Murray, Hong Kong. With the theme “Common Law in an Uncommon World”, the Conference provides a platform to discuss and reflect on important issues pertaining to the rule of law, the professions of… Continue Reading

2020 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

2020 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

The Conference Program for the 2020 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference has been released. The 2020 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will be held at Hilton Hotel, George Street on Saturday 14 March 2020. The conference offers 5 CPD points. Speakers include: The Honourable Justice Geoffrey Bellew, Supreme Court of NSW Elizabeth Wood, Deputy President,… Continue Reading

New NSW ICAC FAQ on Conflicts of Interest

New NSW ICAC FAQ on Conflicts of Interest

The NSW ICAC has released new Conflict of Interest FAQs for Managers and Public Officials and a new sample conflict of interest policy. Citizens rightly expect that public officials, or their close connections and associates, should never be in a position to obtain an undue personal benefit as a result of the public official doing… Continue Reading

New Residential Tenancy Laws in NSW

New Residential Tenancy Laws in NSW

Changes to NSW tenancy laws which improve tenants’ renting experience while ensuring that landlords can effectively manage their properties start on 23 March 2020. The changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 and the new Residential Tenancies Regulation 2019 deliver important protections for tenants and landlords. With more than 30 percent of the NSW population… Continue Reading

NSW RFS’s Planning for Bushfire Protection Guide Updated

NSW RFS’s Planning for Bushfire Protection Guide Updated

An updated version of the “Planning for BushFire Protection 2019 (PBP 2019)” guide for councils, planners, fire authorities and developers promises to provide improved clarity, design flexibility and appropriate bush fire safety outcomes to people building or re-building in bushfire-prone areas. Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2019 (PBP) provides development standards for designing and building… Continue Reading

NSW Health My Health Record Security and Access Policy

NSW Health My Health Record Security and Access Policy

NSW Health has published PD2019_054 “My Health Record Security and Access Policy”. The Policy Directive outlines the obligations and responsibilities of all individuals and organisations who use the NSW Health HealtheNet Clinical Portal (HealtheNet) to access the national My Health Record system. The national My Health Record system is designed to provide a secure online… Continue Reading

NSW Health High-Risk Medicines Management Policy

NSW Health High-Risk Medicines Management Policy

NSW Health has published PD2019_058 “High-Risk Medicines Management Policy”. The Policy Directive sets out the requirements for the safe management and the use of high-risk medicines within NSW Health facilities. It defines the requirements for establishing a high-risk medicine program that includes the development of a specific high-risk medicines register and the strategies to mitigate… Continue Reading

NSW Health Privacy Internal Review Guidelines

NSW Health Privacy Internal Review Guidelines

NSW Health has published its Privacy Internal Review Guidelines to help staff navigate and comply with all legislative requirements in conducting a privacy internal review. The new Guidelines replace GL2006_007 and apply across the whole of NSW Health. There are three key principles: 60-day time limit A privacy internal review must be completed as soon… Continue Reading

New Edition of “Duties of Officers and Directors” Guide

New Edition of “Duties of Officers and Directors” Guide

The Governance Institute of Australia has published the third edition of its “Duties of Officers and Directors” guide. The third edition has been substantially updated to reflect recent developments and sets out: * officers’ and directors’ duties as defined in the Corporations Act and interpreted in case law; * fiduciary duties and the individuals that… Continue Reading

World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2020

World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2020

The World Economic Forum has published its Global Risks Report 2020. For the first time in the survey’s 10-year outlook, the top five global risks in terms of likelihood are all environmental and include: * Extreme weather events with major damage to property, infrastructure and loss of human life; * Failure of climate-change mitigation and… Continue Reading

Congratulating Sonia Cooper

Congratulating Sonia Cooper

Ms Sonia Cooper has been appointed as General Manager, Corporate Services at Ipswich City Council. Ms Cooper will start in the role on Monday 3 February. Ms Cooper is currently a Deputy Commissioner with the Public Service Commission within the Queensland Government. Her previous roles during her almost 30-year career include General Manager of Corporate… Continue Reading

ISO 22301:2019 – What’s New?

ISO 22301:2019 – What’s New?

A revised version of the ISO 22301 standard was released in October 2019. The revised version included some changes and clarifications, but introduced no new requirements. Those who have been following the standard for a while may remember that it underwent a major update to its “management system” components (clauses 4-10) in 2012. That’s also… Continue Reading

New ISO Standard for Sustainable Cities & Communities

New ISO Standard for Sustainable Cities & Communities

A smart city is a resilient city, able to handle all the challenges of a changing world while keeping essential functions running. But how can a city know its level of resilience? ISO 37123 has been published to help. With a rapidly rising world population and growing urbanisation, cities that want to survive need to… Continue Reading

Fraud Inhibits Digital Innovation

Fraud Inhibits Digital Innovation

Kount has released a new research report on digital innovation and emerging fraud. Their study found that the most innovative businesses are also the ones facing the greatest fraud threats. The study surveyed hundreds of respondents across the retail, restaurant, insurance, and financial industries. It found that over 40% of businesses say fraud impedes their… Continue Reading

New Whistleblower Legislation, VIC

New Whistleblower Legislation, VIC

On 5 March 2019, the Victorian Parliament passed new legislation which makes some changes to Victoria’s integrity system. The legislation has established a new parliamentary oversight committee, the Integrity and Oversight Committee, consolidating the oversight and performance review of a number of Victorian integrity agencies, including the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC). The new legislation… Continue Reading

2019 Annual Information Statement Extension for Charities

2019 Annual Information Statement Extension for Charities

In December 2019, ACNC Commissioner, the Hon Dr Gary Johns, announced a blanket extension to the due date for the 2019 Annual Information Statements for charities with an Address For Service in a bushfire-affected areas. The 2019 Annual Information Statements for charities in these areas is now due 31 March 2020. This due date will… Continue Reading

Asset Management Policy for the NSW Public Sector

Asset Management Policy for the NSW Public Sector

NSW Treasury has issued TPP 19-07 ‘Asset Management Policy for the NSW Public Sector’, which sets out the core management practices the NSW Government expects agencies to adopt to support their asset management processes with the objective of strengthening accountability, performance and capability across the NSW public sector. The policy mandates NSW Government agencies adopt… Continue Reading

NSW Audit Office Report on the NSW District Criminal Court System

NSW Audit Office Report on the NSW District Criminal Court System

The NSW Audit Office has released a report on whether the Department of Communities and Justice (the department) effectively supports the efficient operation of the District Criminal Court system. The audit found that in the provision of data and technology services, the department is not effectively supporting the efficient operation of the District Criminal Court… Continue Reading