Administrative Decision Making - The Pathway to Decisions


Thursday, 12 February 2015


Panorama Room, Adelaide Convention Centre


9:00 am (registration) 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Hon. Justice Greg Parker Transcript: Download Here
Hon. Justice Greg Parker Slides: Download Here
Hon. Bruce Lander Transcript: Available Here


Each of us has a responsibility to make sound, transparent administrative decisions. Unfortunately, public

sector leaders do not always make these sorts of decisions.

In the less serious cases, uninformed or ill-considered decisions can lead to major financial problems, delays, and unsuitable solutions – and also adversely affect individual employees.

In the worst cases, these decisions can lead to complaints of corruption, misconduct and maladministration. These complaints have the potential to result in criminal charges.

To ensure you are aware of your obligations as a decision-maker, IPAA is invited you to hear from: 

The Hon. Justice Greg Parker, President, South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
“Administrative law principles applicable to decision-making”

The Hon. Bruce Lander QC, Independent Commissioner Against Corruption
“The Role of Administrators:

  1. in considering complaints in relation to potential issues of corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration; and
  2. in dealing with matters that have been referred to a public authority by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption”

The session was chaired by Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, and you  were given the opportunity to ask questions to the panel of speakers.



Hon Bruce Lander QC - Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC)

Bruce Lander, was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in March 1969.

He practiced as a solicitor until 1981 when he signed the Bar roll. In 1986 he was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Counsel.

In November 1994 he was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia. He remained a Judge of that Court until he was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia on 14 July 2003.

In January 2004 he was appointed an additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. In December 2008 he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island. In November 2005 he was appointed a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a term of 5 years and was reappointed in 2010 for a further term.

He resigned all his judicial appointments effective 31 August 2013, to take up the role of South Australia’s first Independent Commissioner Against Corruption on 1 September 2013.


The Hon. Justice Greg Parker, President, South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

From 1970 Greg worked in the Commonwealth public service, initially in the Department of Immigration and later Social Security. He was closely involved at Social Security in the early 1980’s with the departmental response to the Commonwealth administrative law reforms.

That kindled Greg’s interest in law. He studied law at Adelaide University while continuing to work in the public service. He was admitted to practice in 1990 and immediately joined the SA Crown Solicitor’s Office.

At the Crown, Greg primarily practised in administrative and constitutional law, public employment law and industrial relations, state taxation and high level statutory interpretation. He headed the Crown’s public law practice from 2004 as Assistant Crown Solicitor Advising and later Deputy Crown Solicitor. 
Greg was appointed Crown Solicitor for South Australia in 2010. In June 2013 he was awarded the Public Service Medal by the Governor General for "outstanding public service in the provision of legal and industrial advice".

On 14 November 2013 Greg was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court and as the first President of the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.


Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

In her role as Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Office for the Public Sector, Erma oversees multiple sector-wide reform programs including Change@SouthAustralia, executive development and leadership, and developing a sustainable approach to workforce management.

The Office’s principal role is to ensure the South Australian public sector is led and managed in a way that adheres to the values and principles of ethical behaviour, fosters excellence in governance, leadership and collaboration with a performance culture that is efficient, adaptive and flexible to meet the needs of a changing society.

The Office will lead a cultural shift in the public sector, embedding the values across all government organisations to create a public sector that is more collaborative, innovative, and connected to the community.

Erma was elected President of IPAA (SA) in August 2012 and is currently the Chair of the Industry Advisory Board, Centre for Human Resource Management at UniSA.

Erma has more than 30 years’ experience, has published papers in management journals, and regularly presents at local and national events on organisational culture, values, change and leadership.


David Stevens, Commissioner of the Public Sector Grievance Review Commission

David Stevens has over thirty years experience in both the federal and SA public service covering the full gamut of human resource management, with a focus on workforce strategy and industrial relations; he is the recipient of a Public Service Medal for high achievement.

David is currently the Presiding Commissioner of the Public Sector Grievance Review Commission and was recently appointed a member of the new SA Civil and Administrative Tribunal.