Good Governance Forum

  • Date:

    29 November 2018

  • Location:

    Portside Conference Centre SYDNEY NSW 2000

Over recent years local government in NSW has been subjected to ever increasing levels of scrutiny. The new role of the NSW Auditor General includes an oversight of local government performance, and scrutiny of the local government sector continues to be a focus of government-initiated inquiries and improvement orders.

This forum will allow local government practitioners to hear from high profile speakers who can share emerging lessons and good practice to safeguard their councils’ credibility, reputation and performance – important information for councillors, managers and professionals with governance responsibilities in their own councils.


The forum program will include plenary presentations, panel discussions, case studies and workshops on the following topics:

  • Finance and performance – examining the lessons and insights emerging from recent performance audits of the NSW local government sector
  • Internal audit – reviewing good practice and upcoming new responsibilities for councils
  • Information access – understanding council responsibilities under the GIPA Act and helping the public in accessing government information
  • Planning – identifying and eliminating corruption risks in planning practices
  • Corruption prevention – reviewing the lessons from recent ICAC enquiries
  • Fraud control – examining the necessary attributes of an effective fraud control system, and recent tools to assist councils in managing the risk of fraud
  • Shared services – addressing the challenges and developing the capability to deliver shared services
  • Reporting performance – community reporting that describes outcomes and service performance

Speakers and Facilitators

  • Cr Linda Scott – President, LGNSW
  • Margaret Crawford - NSW Auditor General
  • John Davies – Manager Governance, NSW Office of Local Government
  • Lewis Rangott - Executive Director Corruption Prevention Division, ICAC
  • Elizabeth Tydd - NSW Information Commissioner
  • Todd Neal – Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley
  • Claudia Migotto - Assistant Auditor General
  • Rod Longford - Principal Analyst Performance Audit, NSW Audit Office
  • Rodney O’Donahue - Internal Ombudsman, City of Parramatta, Cumberland & Inner West Councils
  • Dr Danny Wiggins – Planning Consultan
  • Sarah Artist – Senior Manager Innovation & Capacity, LGNSW
  • Jenny Green – Manager Learning Solutions, LGNSW

Who Should Attend?

The forum will be of value to councillors, mayors, senior managers, and key governance professionals concerned to ensure both the reality and perception of sound governance practices in local government.

For more information, please download Good Governance Forum Flyer (PDF, 249KB).