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Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Day 2
Thursday, 17 September 2020
8:50 am - 9:00 am
16 September 2020
9:00 am - 9:45 am
16 September 2020
Session Type - - Room 1
9:00 am
Bushfire, drought, storms and COVID-19 - 2020 has been the year of disruption. To navigate organisations and teams through such turbulent times leaderships reliance is critical. In this session our speaker will share insights on:

  • Crisis management preparation – See the warning signs and preparing for action
  • Actioning BCPs and crisis management protocols 
  • Engaging risk management, internal audit and assurance teams to support the crisis management function 
  • Leading from the front line - Keeping yourself, the organisation and the community informed 
  • Making and flowing through on difficult decisions 
9:50 am - 10:35 am
16 September 2020
Session Type - - Room 1
9:50 am
COVID-19 has had significant impact across the world. Apart from its obvious direct impact, it has forced changed on how organisations operate. This session will explore:
  • Balancing the need to get things done in hurry vs apply a robust control environment 
  • Determining the criteria to loosen operational controls 
  • Reviewing and monitoring control performance in the changed operating environment 
  • Adjusting the control framework after the fact 
  • The role of internal audit in maintaining an adequate control environment 
10:35 am - 11:00 am
16 September 2020
Session Type - - Room 1
Screen break - Grab a coffee, stretch your legs
11:00 am - 11:45 am
16 September 2020
Session Type - - Room 1
11:00 am
As the government reporting increasingly shifts focus from outputs to outcomes organisations are faced with the challenge of refining their performance measures and reporting regimes. Key issues to be explored in this session include: 
  • Journeying from outputs to outcomes - Learnings from Federal Govt Performance Reporting Initiatives
  • Exploring what outcomes based approaches means at a practical level
  • Working with stakeholders to design a new, outcomes focused assurance programs
  • Implementing measures and frameworks to support accountability and enhanced performance
  • Effectively reporting the results to drive strategic performance 
11:50 am - 12:35 pm
16 September 2020
Session Type - - Room 1
11:50 am
In striving for ongoing improvement in delivering public sector services the Machinery of Government continues to evolve agency transformation programs to achieve this aim.  With change comes risk and this session will explore the critical aspects of keeping these change programs on track and effectively controlled.
  • Machinery of Government – Why the wheels of change need to keep turning 
  • Understanding the impact of Machinery of Government (MOG) change on the internal audit and risk functions  
  • Identifying structural risks and control gaps in departmental structures
  • Integrating different process and policy controls
  • Addressing cultural challenges
  • Meeting the challenge of redefining, process, charters and reporting structure

12:35 pm - 1:00 pm
16 September 2020
Session Type - - Room 1
Have a break, eat some lunch, stretch your legs. 
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
16 September 2020
1:00 pm
Knowing the strategic direction and value that your internal function will deliver for your organisation is critical to the success of your function. At times audit functions can caught on focusing too much on delivering the audit plan rather than focusing on the big picture of what value internal audit will bring to the organsiation. This session will explore the critical steps in creating a strategy to deliver real value-add to your organisation.
  • Defining your internal audit strategy – Objectives, accountabilities and goal
  • Aligning internal audit’s value with the business
  • Rethinking the internal audit model – lessons learned from 2020 disruptions 
  • Exploring approaches to determine the internal audit strategy 
  • The importance of getting your engagement model right 
  • Articulating your internal audit philosophy and developing measures of success
  • Reporting on internal audit performance and its value to the organization
  • The internal audit balancing act – Getting involved in the business but maintaining independence 
1:50 pm - 2:35 pm
16 September 2020
1:50 pm
Gone are the days of following a set cyclical audit plan. Todays’ successful internal audit functions need to plan to deliver the “plan” plus tangible value for their organization. This session will explore:  

  • Importance of customer and stakeholder engagement - ​who is who and who has priority?
  • Developing an audit plan ​ - internal and external information sources - prioritising areas of focus and delivering value to your customers
  • Making it easy for the audit committee - clarity of why the audit is proposed - more than just a title
  • Being ​flexible –​keeping your plan ​flexible to address changing needs
  • Being flexible - not being restricted by the proposed audit plan definitions - the importance of solid planning
  • Effectively resourcing the audit, using internal ​and external Subject Matter Experts
  • Data considerations – leveraging data analytics​ - is it always possible?
2:35 pm - 3:00 pm
16 September 2020
Session Type - - Room 1
Stretch your legs and have a screen break
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
16 September 2020
3:00 pm
The changing nature of assurance sees the combined work of risk management, compliance, other risk assurance functions and internal audit seemingly deliver endless constant assurance across the organisation. The session will explore how to deliver a coordinated approach to maximize assurance.
  • Consolidating risk, control and assurance information to form the enterprise view
  • Integrating the efforts of internal audit, risk and assurance functions – Can we rely on each other’s work?
  • Meeting the challenges of aligning the “big risk picture” with the internal audit program
  • Internal audits role to improves the assurance capabilities of the first and second line
  • How to assess the maturity and capability of an integrated assurance framework.
3:50 pm - 4:35 pm
16 September 2020
3:50 pm
This session will explore some key pitfalls in which Internal Audit misses the big picture risk to the organisation and wither fails to identify the issue, correctly rate the issue, make the right recommendations or to get change implemented. Presenting in a virtual on the couch Q & A format, key themes o be explored include:
  • Communication & driving change
  • Objectivity - Holding the line, bend don’t break.
  • Follow through follow-ups
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm
16 September 2020
Session Type - - Room 1
Day One Closing Remarks 
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