August 2017 (#229)

In This Update:

  • Submissions
  • Events
  • Mining for Sustainable Development
  • Media


TI Australia has made a submission to the OECD Phase 4 Review of Australia’s implementation of its commitment to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, and participated in the OECD Peer review consultation.

TI Australia has made a submission in relation to amendments to the Foreign Bribery Consultation Paper released by the Attorney-General’s Department.

TI Australia has made a submission to Senate Standing Committee on Economics for the Inquiry into The Governance and Operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).



17 August – Canberra: Accountability and the Law 2017 Conference, Parliament House, Canberra: the conference will discuss the weaknesses in the current federal accountability system and suggest mechanisms for reform. Speakers will include Transparency International Australia Board Chair, the Hon. Anthony Whealy, QC and Professor AJ Brown.

3-4 October – Melbourne: Corruption Prevention and Integrity Conference: IBAC is partnering with the Victorian Ombudsman (VO), Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) and IPAA (Institute of Public Administration Victoria) to convene an engaging and highly relevant conference to help prevent public sector corruption and strengthen integrity. TI Australia CEO, Serena Lillywhite will be a speaker as will TI Australia Board member, Professor AJ Brown.

8-15 October – University of Passau: The Economics of Corruption 2017: learn about research into anti-corruption control and compliance and the related administrative burden.

14-16 November 2017 – Sydney: Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2017: Transparency International Australia is proud to be a partner of the 6th Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (APSACC) 2017. APSACC  is organised and hosted by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption and the Crime and Corruption Commission, Queensland. Increase your knowledge and understanding of effective corruption prevention approaches. TI Australia CEO, Serena Lillywhite will be a speaker. Register and pay before 15 August 2017 to secure the early-bird discount. Go to to see the full program of speakers, the workshop program and to register online.



Transparency International’s Mining for Sustainable Development Programme (M4SD) addresses where and how corruption can get a foothold in the mining approvals process. The team recently held a global workshop in Malaysia with all participating countries and the programme Expert Reference Group.

Stay connected to the Mining for Sustainable Development Programme using the following:  @SusDevMining  #M4SD

The Natural Resources Governance Institute(NRGI) recently launched their 2017 Resource Governance index.



  • Public discussion on Australia’s Anti-Money Laundering regime. Australia’s first risk assessment of the securities and derivatives sector has revealed how serious and organised criminals can, and have, exploited our financial system to engage in criminal activity
  • Money laundering and the Real Estate sector was in the news, with TI Australia Cornerstone member, ANZ, calling on the government to extend anti-money laundering laws to cover lawyers, real estate agents and accountants. TI Australia CEO also spoke on ABC Radio on this issue
  • The EY Asia Pacific Fraud Survey 2017 finds considerable evidence of increasing fraud risk.
  • Australia’s commitment to the Open Government Partnership has been further strengthened by the establishment of the Open Government Forum, a partnership between government and civil society to oversee implementation of the National Action Plan and develop the future plan.

TI Australia e-Update #229

August 2017



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