Does Corruption in the Public Sector and Resulting ICAC Investigation Decrease Effective Management?

ICAC released a report into its investigation into corruption by an IT Manager through recruitment at the University of Sydney.  ICAC made 7 recommendations, however a number of them, in my opinion the recommendations are less than optimal.

A full copy of the ICAC report released on 24 October 2012 can be found at http://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/investigations/past-investigations/article/4167.

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Credit cards: the smarter approach

If there is one good thing to emerge from the Craig Thomson/HSU debacle – and surely every cloud has a sliver of silver lining – it is that a bright light has been focussed on the area of credit card control.

There are sound and legitimate reasons for organisations providing key personnel with credit cards which I strongly support: they offer flexibility and purchasing agility; can streamline the purchase of relatively inexpensive products and service; and, improve the purchase-to-pay cycles. At the same time credit cards offer organisations a clear audit trail of who bought what and when. Continue reading

Backward Guide on Best Practice for Australian Commonwealth Public Sector Audit Committees

Australian National Audit Office – Public Sector Audit Committees – Independent Assurance and Advice for Chief Executives and Boards – August 2011 – Best Practice Guide.

On 31 August 2011 the Australian National Audit Office (the office of the Australian Commonwealth Auditor-General) released its latest best practice guide for Audit Committees in the Commonwealth Public Sector.

Given the advancement in other public sector jurisdictions in Australia, and significant improvements in the private sector, this is an exceptionally disappointing body of work and may not lead to the improvement in governance in the Australian Commonwealth Public Sector. I am disappointed that the Commonwealth Auditor-General has not provided effective leadership in the Commonwealth in this area. Continue reading