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Whistleblowing, new rules, new policies , new vision

This programme will highlight 6 important areas of research that have informed us on what is best practice and why effective management of whistleblowing activity both internally and externally is crucial.

16 November 2018 | Pullman Quay Grand, Sydney

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Whistleblowing is a huge and growing issue with many high profile cases illustrating the importance of clear, consistent and effective procedures and laws that govern whistleblower protection in Australia. With the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry underway, and new legislation requiring companies to have detailed whistleblowing policies already introduced to federal parliament, organisations more than ever need a clear understanding of the best approaches to take to manage those who speak up or speak out.

This inaugural Whistleblowing Conference in Sydney will reveal results from Australia’s world-leading ‘Whistling While They Work 2’ research project, led by Griffith University highlighting the most important things your whistleblowing policies should be focused on. The conference is supported by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and its supporting organisations, Transparency International and Governance Institute of Australia.

At this conference you will learn from our international experts involved in development of a new global ISO Management Systems Standard on whistleblowing whilst also learning from the regulators responsible for what your organisation’s procedures need to contain, under the proposed Corporations Act rules.

Learn the results of world-leading research on what works in whistleblower protection and support, and hear from regulators, legal and compliance professionals on what your organisation’s new whistleblowing policies will need to contain.

We will explore what is best practice and why effective management of whistleblowing is crucial to your organisation. The conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to reflect on current processes and improve on them.


Integrity@WERQ is Griffith Business School’s research and benchmarking package, designed to help any organisation measure the strength of its whistleblowing processes along with its ethical culture, climate and leadership – whether public, private or not-for-profit, big or small.

Involving more than 700 organisations and almost 18,000 respondents, the research has been supported by the Australian Research Council and 23 partner organisations including the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, CPA Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Ombudsmen and leading integrity agencies of every Australian and New Zealand jurisdiction.

Contact us to find out how we can help you benchmark your whistleblowing processes against other organisations, current best practice and the new regulatory requirements:





Professor A.J Brown

Centre for Governance & Public Policy, Griffith University, Director, Transparency International & Member, Commonwealth Ministerial Expert Advisory Panel on Whistleblowing

John Price

Commissioner, Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)

Warren Day

Victorian Regional Commissioner and Senior Executive Leader, Assessment and Intelligence, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

Christine Cupitt

Executive Director, Policy, Australian Banking Association

Professor Paula Brough

Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing, Griffith University

Nathan Lynch

Regional Bureau Chief, Asia-Pacific - Financial Crime and Risk, Thomson Reuters

Dr Kath Hall

Associate Professor, The Australian National University

Dr Wim Vandekerckhove

The University of Greenwich, United Kingdom

Holly Lindsay

Director, Transparency International Australia

Dennis Gentilin

Director, Governance Regulation & Conduct, Deloitte

Dr Sandra Lawrence

Griffith University

Maya Borthwick

Senior Investigation Officer, NSW Ombudsman

David McGowan

Head of Group Investigations, ANZ

Catherine Maxwell

Executive Manager, Policy & Advocacy, Governance Institute of Australia

Josh Bornstein

National Head of Employment Law, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Dr Eva Tsahuridu

Associate Professor, RMIT University

Dr Michael Macaulay

Associate Professor Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Professor Rodney Smith

The University of Sydney

Louise Petschler

General Manager Advocacy, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

Sally McDow

Partner, CPR Partners

Jane Lin

General Manager, Competition, Intelligence & Commercial Construction, Specialised Enforcement & Advocacy Division, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

Jane Olsen

Senior Research and Policy Officer, NSW Ombudsman

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when & where

16 Nov 2018

Pullman Quay Grand, Sydney
61 Macquarie Street
East Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9256 4000

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Conference Manager
Veronique Henrisson
+61 (02) 9080 4054

Sponsorship & Exhibitions Manager
Andrew Sinkovich
(02) 9080 4008

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