2021 Education & Seminar Series



Social Engineering: Manipulation & Protection of your Confidential Information

Wednesday, 17 February 2021 12.30-1.30pm

Speaker : Quin Rijnders

In this session, Quin will explain what Social Engineering is, provide examples and practical ways to spot social engineering. 

This will enable attendees to protect their identity online: ie on websites, emails and most importantly their smartphone interactions via calls, messages and apps.


The Speaker – Quin Rijnders, Executive Director, Advisory, Forensic Services, BDO Sydney

Quin has more than 15 years of experience in senior finance roles in semi-government organisations (Higher Education), and providing Forensic Accounting and Technology services across a range of sectors.


  • Financial Forensic investigations
  • Fraud investigations
  • Internal (fraud) control reviews
  • Forensic data analysis
  • Computer forensics / cyber investigations
  • eDiscovery.


  • Financial Services: Banks, Insurance and Investment Management organisations
  • Law Firms
  • Retail and FMCG
  • Transport
  • Real Estate
  • (Semi) Government and Higher Education.

Key assignments

  • Financial Forensic investigations
  • 50+ Forensic data analysis engagements into expenses / claims
  • Regulatory remediation assistance for AML, LIBOR/FX/BBSW reviews
  • Extensive experience in providing eDiscovery Services for General Counsel and external Legal counsel
  • Computer forensic engagements, reconstructing facts around cyber incidents.

Quin’s main expertise is in reconstructing / building chronologies of financial transactions and processes, forensic data analysis, computer forensics and eDiscovery. As Executive Director, Forensic Services at BDO, Quin leads Forensic Accounting and Technology work in Sydney and co-leads (with the Partner) Sydney’s Forensic practice.



Engaging Employees and Stakeholders in your Anti-fraud and Corruption Program

Wednesday 17 March 2021 12.30-1.30pm



Speaker : Dr Allan Yates, Senior Specialist, Fraud and Corruption Risk, Group Financial Crime,  IAG Sydney

A joint presentation with the Association of  Certified Fraud Examiners, Sydney Chapter


No one wants fraud or corruption on their watch; unless they’re the one committing it’: 

Many organisations have a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to fraud and corruption, with policies and strategies designed to prevent their incidence or manage their risks.  Yet, if they are not ingrained within organisational culture and practice, the risk still remains, and the reality can be a daunting one for any organisation tainted by fraud or corruption.  

This presentation highlights some of the organisational challenges associated with implementing and embedding anti-fraud and corruption programs.  It discusses some practical solutions, with a focus on employees and broader stakeholder groups, who are pivotal in the development of long-term sustainable success.

Dr Allan Yates is employed by IAG in Group Financial Crime, Fraud and Corruption Risk.  Allan has more than 20 years of experience in the prevention, education and investigation of fraud and corruption.  This spans different sectors within the UK and Australia, including health, higher education and local government.  Allan holds a PhD from the Australian National University for his thesis which explored perceptions and experiences of corruption within NSW local government.

We are pleased to partner with the ACFE Sydney Chapter in this joint presentation

The ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 82,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. acfesydney.org.au






Webinar: Conflicts of Interests – Privacy and Disclosure

Date / Time: Wednesday 21st April 2021   12.30-1.30pm

Speaker: Chris Wheeler, Consultant, Former Deputy NSW Ombudsman & Part-time Commissioner – Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission


Session Synopsis:

This presentation will focus on operational and procedural complexities involved in attempting to manage conflicts of interest that have been highlighted in a number of recent media articles and a report published by the NSW Ombudsman in 2020.

These include highlighting issues around:

  • Who, the reports of conflicts of interests, should be made to in various circumstances that can arise?
  • In what circumstances should the holders of such information disclose conflicts of interest to others within the organisation?
  • Should there be a checking mechanism in place to ensure such disclosures are appropriately made?
  • What options might be available to address in-built/structural conflicts of interests, for example where local councils are the applicant and determination body or Ministers have input into the selection of recipients for government grants?
  • When does an acquaintance become a friend, and a friend become a close associate or a ‘closely related party’?
  • Given that, apparently, 10% or more of couples meet through work:
    • what disclosure requirements could an employer reasonably insist on?
    • at what point in a developing relationship can employees be expected to make such a disclosure (and the complications that arise when a relationship is an ‘affair’)?
    • what management arrangements could an employer reasonably implement to address any such disclosed conflict?
    • how can power imbalances be addressed in the management of such a conflict?

Session Slides

Session Survey Results

Session Video


Webinar:  Applying Behavioural Insights to Anti-Corruption and Fraud Prevention

Dr Dave Trudinger – Dave is responsible for the strategic direction of the NSW Behavioural Insights Unit (BIU).  He brings a focus on demonstrating impact, supporting delivery and empowering public service partners and has worked in consultancy, frontline community services, academia and government across several Australian jurisdictions and the U.K.

Behavioural Insights (BI) is emerging as a key tool for policy makers and organisations with approximately 600 BI teams globally, of which over 200 are in Government.

Behavioural insights draws on evidence from the behavioural sciences, psychology and economics to prompt behaviour change and help organisations achieve better outcomes. By understanding how people think and behave, as well as their decision-making environments, BI can help shift individual’s behaviour by subtly changing the way decisions are presented.

This session, by the NSW Behavioural Insights Unit (BIU), will include an overview of behavioural insights and its methodology, how it can be applied by fraud and anti-corruption practitioners to encourage compliance to procedures, and how frictions within processes (also known as ‘sludge’) can be a barrier to people performing the desired behaviour.

During this session, BIU will share the results of their work that leverage the power of BI to help solve complex policy issues, and how it has made interacting with Government easier for citizens of NSW.

The BIU, which sits within the Department of Customer Service, was the first Government BI team in Australia and was recently identified in a World Bank report as one of the top ten Governments applying BI to policy. BIU’s work is driven by evidence – this includes designing and testing solutions using the most rigorous evaluation methods (often randomised controlled trials) to determine what works. The BIU has worked across a broad range of issues including increasing: compliance to COVID-safe behaviours, on-time payment of fines, apprenticeship course completions, hospital attendance and more. The BIU are also responsible for building behavioural insights capability across the public sector. To learn more about their work, visit: bi.dpc.nsw.gov.au




Seminar: An overview of and the case studies from the Commission’s investigation into Canterbury Council (Operation Dasha).

In March 2021, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption released its report on Operation Dasha, which investigated allegations of corrupt conduct concerning the former Canterbury City Council.

This investigation looked into the conduct of a number of public officials including former councillors, the former general manager, and the former director of city planning. The allegations were that they dishonestly and/or partially exercised their official functions in relation to planning proposals and/or applications in the Canterbury City Council local area.

The ICAC also investigated the circumstances surrounding the appointment of the director of city planning.

In this presentation, Senior Corruption Prevention Officer (Planning) Antony Pedroza will provide an overview of Operation Dasha, and work through several elements of the investigation to highlight key corruption prevention issues and lessons to be learnt.


ONLINE SESSION – Webinar Registration – Zoom

Speaker Profile: Mr Anthony Pedroza, Senior Corruption Prevention Officer

Antony Pedroza, Senior Corruption Prevention Officer (Planning), joined ICAC in 2010.

Antony is a qualified planning professional with over 20 years’ experience working in local and State Government.  His experience in planning entails operational aspects, in particular the assessment of development applications and the making of environmental planning instruments, and has a practical appreciation of the political context in which the NSW planning system.

Antony’s planning experience and practical knowledge to his current role with the ICAC in its investigations and corruption prevention work.  This includes ICAC’s February 2012 discussion paper, Anticorruption safeguards in the NSW Planning System and, most recently, its investigation into corrupt conduct at the former Canterbury City Council (Op Dasha).


 Webinar:  Not Yet Available

This months webinar / session is not yet determined and the Corruption Prevention Network selected topics of interest that are relevant and timely to the current corruption prevention environment. Please check back here each month. 



 Webinar:  Not Yet Available

This months webinar / session is not yet determined and the Corruption Prevention Network selected topics of interest that are relevant and timely to the current corruption prevention environment. Please check back here each month. 


 Webinar:  Not Yet Available

This months webinar / session is not yet determined and the Corruption Prevention Network selected topics of interest that are relevant and timely to the current corruption prevention environment. Please check back here each month. 


 Webinar:  Not Yet Available

This months webinar / session is not yet determined and the Corruption Prevention Network selected topics of interest that are relevant and timely to the current corruption prevention environment. Please check back here each month. 

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