National Integrity Conference 2017

A snapshot of this inaugural event

Conference papers

National Integrity 2017 brought together more than 150 people from across Australia, including key leaders of the Australian public and private sectors, demonstrating TI Australia’s convening strength and leadership in the anti-bribery and anti-corruption arena. The focus being to strengthen Australia’s systems of integrity, accountability and anti-corruption

The Conference saw critical representatives from Australian government, integrity agencies, academic institutions and major business advance the nation’s thinking around key themes; national integrity, deferred prosecution agreements, whistleblowing and anti-corruption agency reforms. These topics are critical areas for Australia during the next 12-24 months and we expect to see legislative reform arising from the shared discussion.

National Integrity 2017 was unique in its approach, providing high quality, in depth content to a broad range of stakeholders. Led by commentary from Justice Stephen Gageler, Stephen O’Bryan SC and Fiona McLeod SC, the inaugural event gave voice to a range of stakeholder views from the public and private sectors and civil society. A focus on Australia’s business relationship with Indonesia generated important discussion on shared practices for our region.

The Conference generated important outcomes:
Workshop feedback will provide input to current public and private sector initiatives, including the activities of the Attorney General’s Department and TI’s Mining for Sustainable Development global program.

Conference discussion and feedback will form part of the Griffith University-led Australian Research Council Linkage Project, ‘Strengthening Australia’s National Integrity System’ including on strategic approaches to corruption prevention, and design of a federal anti-corruption agency

The two day event provided the opportunity to create new connections and networks across Australian society and the region.

A highlight was the opportunity for delegates to hear from the Chair of Transparency International Indonesia, Natalia Soebagjo. Natalia launched TI’s People and Corruption: Asia Pacific Survey 2017 Transparency International Global Corruption Barometer (include hyperlink to report) at the Conference Welcome Event and described how Indonesia has demonstrated the importance of independence and political will in establishing an effective anti-corruption agency. She also spoke at the Conference business breakfast (hosted by TI member CPA Australia) on opportunities to mitigate private sector corruption risks in emerging markets.

We are happy to present some of the key conference papers and presentations.  Our thanks to everyone involved. We look forward to seeing you at National Integrity 2019.  Join TI Australia, or at least our mailing list, to ensure you get plenty of notice of our next major event.

Anthony Whealy QC

Chair, Transparency International Australia

A J Brown

Professor of Public Policy & Law, Griffith University