Program Leader: Professor A.J. Brown
Good governance relies on institutions fulfilling their mission with integrity, supported by well-designed accountability regimes. As part of this, corruption resilience, detection and enforcement are critical priorities for all organisations - government, business or civil society - in an increasingly competitive world. This program provides national and international leadership in the evaluation, design and implementation of modern integrity systems: from public sector ethics as an element of public sector management; to whistleblowing and internal integrity policies; to the powers and performance of anti-corruption agencies; to improving international accountability for grand corruption crimes, and strengthening the anti-corruption work of the G20; to the crucial, complex ways in which integrity policies and institutions interrelate. Its researchers work with other Griffith University centres, public regulators, industry bodies and NGOs including Transparency International, to safeguard the public's interest in having institutions it can trust.
NATIONAL INTEGRITY 2017
National Integrity 2017: Building the Public/Private Alliance, the 1st biennial conference hosted by Transparency International Australia and Griffith University will be held on 16-17 March 2017 at Brisbane's Novotel.
The conference will discuss how best to strengthen Australia’s systems of integrity, accountability and anti-corruption – including the hot issues of stronger whistleblower protection, real-time disclosure of political donations, whether we need a federal anti-corruption agency, and the latest on business integrity.
New speakers include outstanding legal, political and business representatives: High Court Justice Stephen Gageler; Hon. Yvette D’Ath, Queensland Attorney-General; Commander Peter Crozier, AFP; Fiona McLeod SC; Prof. John McMillan AO; and Alan MacSporran QC.
Early Bird Registrations close on 15 February.
WHISTLING WHILE THEY WORK 2
The Centre for Governance & Public Policy is leading the world’s largest current whistleblowing research project: ‘Whistling While They Work 2: Improving managerial responses to whistleblowing in the public and private sectors’.
Incorporating the Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP150100386 ‘Protecting While They Prosper? Organisational Responses to Whistleblowing’, led by Professor A J Brown, the project involves 23 partner and supporter organisations across Australia and New Zealand, including: the Commonwealth Ombudsman, NSW Ombudsman, Queensland Ombudsman, WA Public Sector Commission, WA Corruption & Crime Commission, WA Ombudsman, Vic Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, Vic Ombudsman, SA Ombudsman, SA Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, Tasmanian Ombudsman, Tasmanian Integrity Commission, ACT Government, NT PID Commissioner, Australian Securities & Investments Commission, CPA Australia, Transparency International Australia, Governance Institute of Australia, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, NZ State Services Commission and NZ Ombudsman.
Any organisation, public or private sector, in Australia or New Zealand, is welcome to participate in this project and contribute to a better understanding of the value of public interest whistleblowing, and how it can be best managed and maximised.
To participate or for more information, go to the full project website: www.whistlingwhiletheywork.edu.au.
OTHER WHISTLEBLOWING PROJECTS
For a full list of Griffith University’s recent projects on public interest whistleblowing including the first Whistling While They Work ARC Linkage Project, and associated media coverage and publications, click here.
INTEGRITY SYSTEMS RESEARCH
The Centre partners with Transparency International, in Australia and internationally, contributing to methods and outcomes for assessing the quality of our public integrity systems.
With Transparency International, the Centre hosted an international workshop followed by a half-day public conference and dinner on 17-18 June 2014, on the assessment of 'integrity systems' around the world, and the importance role of anti-corruption efforts in the G20 group of nations.
Conference and Workshop papers and outcomes can be access through the Conference Website below or through the following links.
- National Integrity Systems Workshop Outcomes Paper
- Conference Website: Corruption, Integrity Systems and the G20 - 17-18 June 2014
- 2016: 'Shady deals and illegal donations exposed in NSW ICAC Inquiry', 7.30 Report, AJ Brown, 30 August.
- The Conversation: Labor’s first test: putting integrity before politics in Queensland - 13 February 2015 - Professor AJ Brown
- Bipartisan approach now key for Queensland integrity reforms: accountability expert - 9 January 2015 - A.J. Brown
- Australia drops a level in World Corruption Perception Index, ABC News PM, 3 December 2014 (Professor A.J. Brown)
- Australia drops to 11th in Global Corruption Index - SBS, 3 December 2014 (Professor A.J. Brown)
- Australia's poor corruption report card renews call for federal watchdog - The Guardian, 3 December 2014 (Professor A.J. Brown)
- Parliamentary Library Series, Canberra, 3 September 2014 - Professor AJ Brown (Audio and video file)
- Parliamentary Library Series, Canberra, 3 September 2014 - Professor AJ Brown (PowerPoint presentation)
- Democracy for Sale, ABC's Four Corners, 23 June 2014 (commentary by AJ Brown)
- The World Today, 4 April 2013, Queensland Government warned not to adopt 'draconian' changes to CMC (A.J. Brown)
CORRUPTION, INTEGRITY AND THE G20A J Brown was present in the international media centre for the G20 Leaders' Summit, Brisbane, November 2014, for the T20 and C20 engagement groups. Read his reactions on the G20s crucial anti-corruption action plan here:
- Path away from hypocrisy begins with better accountability for national action: Lessons from, and for, the Brisbane G20 anti-corruption outcomes - Professor A.J. Brown
- G20 Accountability Reporting Needs a Shake Up - Radio National, 21 November 2014 - Professor A.J. Brown
- Guest Post: Hosting Proceeds Down Under - Australia and the G20 Anti-corruption Agenda on The Global Anticorruption Blog (GAB), 13 November 2014 - Professor Jason Sharman
- Transparency International welcomes G20 pledge to clamp down on secret company ownership
- Six things to know new g20 beneficial ownership principles
COMBATTING ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS
Professor Sharman has been part of the world’s leading international teams, including for the World Bank, investigating the realities of how anonymous ‘shell’ companies, real estate and other methods are used to move and hide the proceeds of corruption and other crimes.
- Global Shell Games: Testing Money Launderers' and Terrorist Financiers' Access to Shell Companies
- The Economist: Tax Blacklists - EU Hypocrites! (Jason Sharman quoted), 22 August 2015, Professor Jason Sharman
- Dirty Money: How corrupt PNG Cash is Reaching Australia, SBS Dateline, 23 June 2015, Professor Jason Sharman
- Measuring OECD Responses to Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries - December 2013 (cites work by Professor Jason Sharman)