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February 2017 (#224)

In this update:

In This Update:
  • Early Bird registrations to close soon - TI Australia National Integrity Conference in Brisbane: 16-17 March 2017
  • TI Australia’s updated Position Paper on Whistleblowing released
  • Increasing transparency of the beneficial ownership of companies - public consultation paper released

Early Bird registrations to close soon - TI Australia National Integrity Conference in Brisbane – 16-17 March 2017

Early bird registrations for our inaugural national conference National Integrity 2017: Building the Public/Private Alliance will close on 15 February.

Our first biennial national conference, in association with Griffith University, will set the agenda for Australia’s next National Integrity System assessment. Join us, for robust discussion on all we value, and all we can strengthen, in Australia’s systems of integrity, accountability and anti-corruption.

Click here for the conference website. Conference Program

 

TI Australia’s updated Position Paper on Whistleblowing released

TI Australia’s updated Position Paper calls for key improvements to Australian laws on whistleblower protections.

These include:

* Making deliberate reprisals against public interest whistleblowers criminal;

* Seriously considering the benefits of qui tam provisions which offer up to 25 per cent of recovered damages, or penalties, to whistleblowing corporate employees;

* An Australian Standard on Whistleblower Protection, supported by independent monitoring and oversight to help drive a national integrity culture.

 

Increasing transparency of the beneficial ownership of companies – public consultation paper released

Treasury has released a public consultation paper seeking views on increasing the transparency of the beneficial ownership of companies for relevant authorities, to better assist these authorities to combat illicit activities. The initiative is part of Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan.

Stakeholders are invited to comment on the consultation paper by lodging a submission online via the Treasury website. Submissions will close on 13 March 2017.

 

 

TI Australia e-Update #224

February 2017

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