Throughout this financial year Transparency International Australia (TIA) has continued to transition to a small but influential organisation with professional staff working to combat corruption at a national, regional and global level. This is best demonstrated by our submissions to government, regular media appearances, the scaling up of the Mining for Sustainable Development (M4SD) Programme, and the success of the inaugural National Integrity Conference – an assessment of Australia’s national integrity system.
Work has continued to support existing partnerships and create new alliances, to strengthen private sector engagement, and to attract new members. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between TIA and the Victorian Racing Integrity Commission. While corruption in sport is not an immediate priority for TIA, the links with money laundering and illicit financial flows, are obvious.
The year saw the successful recruitment of all staff for the M4SD Programme, the resignation of former CEO, Phil Newman, and the commencement of Serena Lillywhite as the new CEO in March 2017.