On 2nd September 2013 The Hon Justice Bruce Lander QC officially commenced as South Australia’s inaugural Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) following his resignation from the Federal Court of Australia. The role of the Commissioner is to identify and investigate corruption in public administration, and prevent or minimise corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration.
The Office for Public Integrity (OPI) is responsible to the Commissioner and is the central point of contact to receive and assess complaints and reports about corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration.
In collaboration with The Office for Public Integrity and Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Public Integrity Reform Project the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) are scheduling a presentation and panel event titled Public Integrity Reform – Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) on the 19th September.
The event will be opened by the Hon John Rau, Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, with the key note speaker being the Commissioner and other presenters include the Deputy Commissioner of Police and the Ombudsman. There will be an interactive panel discussion consisting of the presenters and the Police Ombudsman and other public sector officials, during which the audience will also have the opportunity to direct questions to the panel. The event will explain the role of the Commissioner, the role of the OPI and how these will interact with other inquiry agencies i.e. the Ombudsman, Police Ombudsman, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment and SA’s law enforcement agency, SAPOL.
For further information on ICAC and to locate the recently released Directions and Guidelines for Inquiry Agencies, Public Authorities and Public Officers visit www.icac.sa.gov.au
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.
Grant Stevens APM
South Australia Police
Grant Stevens APM has been Commissioner of South Australia Police since July 2015. With 36 years of general and specialist policing experience and over a decade as a member of SAPOL’s senior executive, Grant has personally led and delivered some of SAPOL’s most significant programs including, outlaw motorcycle gang enforcement, specialist sexual crimes investigation, and service reform initiatives around frontline service delivery and demand management. He is also committed to improving employee wellbeing, gender equity and the elimination of discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
As Commissioner, Grant leads an organisation with state wide responsibility, employing over 6,000 staff and a budget of about $1 Billion. He is a member on a range of Boards and Committees at state and national government levels. These oversee the critical issues involved in law enforcement, security and counter-terrorism, emergency management, justice reform, road safety and community safety generally.
As Commissioner, Grant has continued to actively support police-driven collaboration across government for an enhanced response to family and domestic violence and repeat offenders in South Australia. Grant has a clear vision for SAPOL as a visible, responsive police service for all South Australians which is defined in the SAPOL 2020 strategy. SAPOL 2020 guides South Australia Police organisational reform activity, through three core drivers, Our People, Operations and Technology. The strategic vision is underpinned by core values of service, integrity, courage, leadership, collaboration and respect.
Grant has also driven significant cultural reform regarding gender equity and the elimination of discrimination and sexual harassment, ensuring SAPOL is an employer of choice for men and women and all staff are respected, valued and safe at work.
Married with five children, Grant is a keen amateur cyclist actively involved in his family’s sporting activities as a parent and organiser.
Erma Ranieri FIPAA
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.
Hon John Rau MP
Deputy Premier, Attorney-General, Minister for Planning, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Business Services and Consumer
Government of South Australia
After completing his law degree, John worked at legal firms Duncan & Hannon and later at Johnston Withers & Associates, where he was made a partner. He was an advisor to the Hawke Government from 1985-1988, and has been a Barrister since 1997.
In 2002, he was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly, as the Member for Enfield, where he served on various Parliamentary Committees until being appointed to the Ministry in March 2010. John is a former member of the ALP National Executive. He was appointed Deputy Premier in February 2011.
John is a keen gardener, cook and avid reader of non-fiction.
Prof David Bamford
Associate Head (International)
Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law, Flinders University
Before joining the Flinders Law School David worked for the state government (Department of Premier and Cabinet) and in legal practice. His academic interests include electoral law and legislative processes; and the operation of the criminal and civil justice systems. He has both academic and legal expertise in relating to the integrity of state and local government elections and his commissioned research includes government consultancies that evaluate different aspects of the justice system including restorative justice, community justice and therapeutic court programmes. From 2007 to 2012 he served as Dean of the Flinders Law School. In 2013 David was appointed Associate Head (International) for the Faculty of Education, Humanities, and Law at Flinders. He has held visiting professorships in England, Canada, United States, Finland, Indonesia and South Africa.
Richard Bingham was appointed as South Australian Ombudsman on 1 June 2009.
Before that, he was Chair of the Tasmanian Electoral Commission, from when it was established in 2005, and Independent Assessor for the redress process for people who suffered abuse in state care in Tasmania.
Richard was Secretary of the Tasmanian Department of Justice from 1994-2004, and acted as Ombudsman and Health Complaints Commissioner there in 2005-06.
August 19th, 2013