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ACT Public Sector Event: Ensuring good governance over procurement

25 June 2024 11:45am - 2:00pm
Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT
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Australian Government procurement alone results in the spending of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars every year.

At the heart of the public sector governance frameworks is an expectation that those responsible for governing public entities will promote the proper use and management of public resources.

The recent Parliamentary Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit inquiry into Commonwealth procurement has highlighted many opportunities for reform, particularly through the application of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules.

Join us to hear crucial responses to the following questions from our speakers:

  • How do we ensure good governance over procurement?
  • How do we as governance professionals help our organisations to avoid the mistakes and misjudgments in procurement that have played out publicly in recent times?
  • How do we ensure sound effective decision-making, controls and public transparency?
  • Anyone with procurement responsibilities within Public Sector does not want to miss this event.

Event will also include a networking lunch.

What's in it for you?

  • Analyse the Parliamentary Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit inquiry into Commonwealth procurement.
  • Strategies for performing good governance over procurement.
  • What you can do as a governance professional to avoid misjudgements in procurement.
  • Learn about effective decision-making and how to be transparent to the public.
  • A chance to network with peers and like-minded professionals.
  • 1.5 CPD points.

Speaker Highlights:


Andrew Danks, First Assistant Secretary, Procurement Division, Department of Finance

Andrew is currently the First Assistant Secretary of the Procurement Division at the Department of Finance. He has responsibility for the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (the procurement policy for the Australian Government) and for non-ICT Whole-of-Government procurement arrangements.

Andrew has over 15 years’ experience working on complex commercial transactions for Government such as the acquisition of Snowy Hydro from New South Wales and Victoria, concessional loans for nationally strategic road and air projects, and shareholder responsibilities for the Commonwealth’s Government Business Enterprises such as NBN Co and Australia Post. Andrew has worked in a variety of Commonwealth portfolios, including Finance, Infrastructure and Immigration. 

George Sotiropoulos, Group Executive Director, Performance Statements Audit Services Group, Australian National Audit Office

George Sotiropoulos is an experienced senior executive across both the Australian Federal and State public sectors with a proven track record delivering complex policy and service delivery reforms and programs. 

George is currently the Group Executive Director of the Performance Statements Audit Services Group within the Australian National Audit Office, the new business practice responsible for auditing the annual performance statements of Commonwealth entities. He is also the practice lead for procurement related performance audits. 


Michael Shatter, National Head of Probity and Procurement at RSM

Michael is a Partner at RSM Australia with 30 years of experience across the public and private sectors

Partnering with government departments and agencies nationally, Michael has built a probity practice that is recognised as one of the top three providers in Victoria and NSW. As a result, he offers a 360-degree perspective on all areas of enterprise risk, governance and compliance that have been applied in many settings and engagements, spanning multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects and divestment of state-owned assets.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Business, is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a is a long tenured member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. 

Who should attend?

Anyone with procurement responsibilities within Public Sector.

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