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Public Integrity Reform - Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC)

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IPAA Presentation including Erma Ranieri's and Richard Bingham's slides:

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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


The Honourable Justice Bruce Lander QC

Bruce Lander, presently a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia resident in Adelaide, 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 one of Her Majesty’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 5 years and was reappointed in 2010 for a further term.


Hon John Rau MP, Deputy Premier, Attorney-General, Minister for Planning, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Business Services and Consumers

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.


Grant Stevens APM, Deputy Commissioner, South Australia Police

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Grant Stevens is a career police officer, having joined SAPOL as a cadet when he was 17 years old.
He became a Detective early in his career, and has accumulated more than 20 years’ experience across SAPOL’s Crime Branches. In that time he has served in, or led, a number of metropolitan CIB teams and spent an important part of his career in specialist drug investigations.

Deputy Commissioner Stevens’ career highlights include creating and managing the Paedophile Task Force in 2003, which was established to investigate allegations of historic child sexual abuse, establishing SAPOL’s Sexual Crime Investigation Branch in 2004.

In 2010 Deputy Commissioner Stevens led a strategic project that developed and implemented SAPOL’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams concept as a means of increasing community engagement in our suburbs. He also developed a range of programs designed to enhance service delivery and deployment of police resources.

In 2012, Mr Stevens was awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service.
The Role of Deputy Commissioner provides strategic management and leadership support to the Commissioner of Police and assists with the management of state-wide police operations and activities.

During times of emergency the Deputy Commissioner provides support to the Commissioner of Police acting as the State Coordinator, and in the absence of the Commissioner of Police can deputise as the State Coordinator. Mr Stevens is also the South Australia Police representative on the National Counter Terrorism Committee.

The Deputy Commissioner is accountable and responsible for the following Services within the South Australia Police:

Crime Service
Metropolitan Operations Service
Regional Operations Service
Operations Support Service
Security and Emergency Management Service 

Mr Stevens is the Chairperson of the charity; ‘Ride Like Crazy Inc.’ which organises an annual mass participation bike ride within South Australia, raising funds for cancer research, prevention and treatment, as well as promoting cycling road safety.


Erma Ranieri, Acting Commissioner for Public Sector Employment; Chief Executive, Change@SouthAustralia; and Deputy Chief Executive, Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE)

Erma has a number of different hats:

She is Chief Executive of Change@SouthAustralia. The program was established to better prepare the South Australian public sector for the challenges and opportunities of the future.  It aims to shape a culture that fosters a more confident and productive workforce: one that is more skilled and attuned to the drivers of citizen-centric service delivery.

Erma is also the Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy, People and Culture of the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE).  She leads significant organisational change, strategic policy and leadership development.  Erma plays an important role in shaping the culture and values of the agency.

Erma has recently been appointed as the Acting Commissioner for Public Sector Employment for a period of four months.

She was elected President of IPAA in August 2012 and is currently the Chair of the Industry Advisory Board, Centre for Human Resource Management at UniSA.

Erma has more than 30 years experience and has published papers in management journals on job sharing and presents at national forums on organisational culture, values, change and leadership.


Richard Bingham, SA Ombudsman

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.



MC: 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.