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 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:

in considering complaints in relation to potential issues of corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration; and

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.

Learn about our speakers

The Hon Bruce Lander QC

Independant Commissioner Against Corruption
Office of the Independant Commissioner Against Corruption

ICAC Awareness for Public Officers
The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Office for Public Integrity (OPI) are designed to safeguard and enhance confidence in the integrity of public administration in South Australia.

ICAC regularly holds awareness sessions, workshops and seminars to assist public officers and public authorities to comply with their obligations and prevent corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration.

This information and awareness seminar was conducted by the Commissioner himself, The Hon. Bruce Lander QC. The Commissioner described the role and functions of ICAC and the OPI, and explained the reporting obligations all South Australian public officers and public authorities must follow.

The Hon. Bruce Lander QC Biography:

The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, the Hon. Bruce Lander QC, deals with the realities of poor culture, process and governance in the public sector.

On 19 February 2013 the Honourable Justice Lander was announced as South Australia’s first Independent Commissioner Against Corruption. The Hon. Bruce Lander QC was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in March 1969. He practised as a solicitor until 1981 when he signed the Bar Roll. In 1986 he was appointed Queen’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 five years and was reappointed in 2010 for a further term. In April 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law by Flinders University for his contribution to the law and the university.

David Stevens

Commissioner for Public Sector Grievance Review Commission
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.

The Hon. Greg Parker

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 PSM FIPAA

IPAA SA President, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.

With the role of the public sector being to serve and support South Australia to thrive, Erma leads sector-wide reform to modernise the public sector and continue to build on its value and service to the South Australian community.

Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named a 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year as SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

With a key focus on flexibility, diversity and leadership development to ensure the public sector is positioned as an Employer of Choice, Erma continues to challenge cultural and structural barriers to drive innovative, collaborative and connected services for the community.

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

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

Panorama Room, Adelaide Convention Centre