November 2012 (#157)

In this update:

  • DoJ and SEC issue Official Guidance on US laws
  • Federal whistleblower protection a step closer? Submissions urged
  • Coming Events

DoJ and SEC issue Official Guidance on US laws

This long awaited guidance on the FCPA and the ‘books and records’ offences is of importance. It includes valuable sections on the hallmarks of effective corporate compliance programs and reference to leading resources.


Federal whistleblower protection a step closer? Submissions urged

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is inquiring into the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Bills 2012, introduced into federal parliament on 29 October by Independent MP Andrew Wilkie. Mr Wilkie’s Bills come after a two-year delay in government progress towards these promised reforms, and have been hailed as ‘impressive’ by Professor David Lewis, Middlesex University, UK, convenor of the International Whistleblowing Research Network. TI Australia encourages all members and interested persons to make a submission to the Committee by 23 November. Click here for background by TI Australia director A J Brown, who advised on the Bill.


Coming Events


TIA AGM & Evening Event in Melbourne

Thurs 29 November 2012

AGM at 5.00pm, followed at 6.00pm by a guest speaker

The Hon. Tim Smith QC, will give a presentation entitled: Anti-Corruption Reform – a tortuous tale and a forgotten principle. Tim Smith is Chair of the Accountability Round Table; Adjunct Professor, Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University; former County Court and Supreme Court Judge, and Australian and Victorian Law Reform Commissioner; and author of ‘Corruption: the abuse of entrusted power in Australia’ (Australian Collaboration, 2010,

Please diarise this event, hosted by Ashurst Australia

Floor 26, 181 Williams Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Registration: if you wish to attend please email



6-7 December 2012: 18th Annual Public Sector Fraud and Corruption Conference in Melbourne

Michael Ahrens, Executive Director, TI Australia, will give a keynote presentation. The conference brochures notes that, ‘It is imperative that public agencies continue to implement fraud and corruption measures and stay abreast of the emerging risks of new technologies and strategies to eliminate fraud risks in an organisation.’