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Public Sector Assurance Forum 2019 - Workshops

Post conference Workshops

Friday, 26 July 2019, Canberra


Workshops at the Public Sector Internal Audit Conference are available as separately bookable session. Discounts apply for group bookings. Pricing details are outlined below.


If you would like to secure your place early, registration is now open.


Workshop Fees - Friday, 26 July 2019 (pp in AUD)

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Workshop 1: Auditing Projects

8:30 am - 12:30 pm


Programmes and Projects now make up a large proportion of the work that our agencies, departments and companies undertake. Some are simple - the development of a small policy - others are complex - multi-million dollar ICT system replacement projects, capital works or major grants programmes. Almost every organisation will have programmes and projects rating high on their risk register, appearing in their audit universe, and therefore, subject to the audit process. But how do we know what to audit, when to audit or who can assist us with our project audit?


This workshop will provide you with an overview of the project life cycle, awareness of the various project methodologies that may be in use, and a close look at how the Three Lines of Defence Model can help us to provide real-time, and regular programme and project assurance over activities undertaken in the traditional “waterfall” method as well as the more modern “agile” project approach. In addition it will provide guidance on auditing beyond the project, to have a look at the tendering, procurement and contract management auditing processes that are critical in many projects that have a large component of outsourced work. The workshop will conclude with a look at post project activities, such as post implementation reviews and using lessons learned for future projects.



Key areas to be covered:

  • The internal audit role in projects and programs
  • Project life cycle and methodologies
  • Project 3 lines of defence
  • Probity auditing
  • Project governance
  • Project assurance
  • Case study



Learning outcomes: 

  • Undestrand why project reposting is flawed
  • Understand approaches to auditing projects and programs
  • Identify how risk materialises within live projects causing them to fail
  • Understand project governance
  • Learn approaches to poject assurance
  • Learn approaches to project and program auditing

Workshop facilitator: Chris Puschak PMIIA CIA CGAP, Director, Etotech



Workshop 2: Getting to the bottom of it - Root Cause Analysis

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Root Cause Analysis is a tool for identifying and analysing the causes of problems and determining what can be done to prevent them reoccurring. Root Cause Analysis illustrates how to drill down to the root cause of problems and implement solutions to prevent ongoing occurrence and the associated costs.



Key areas to be covered:

  • Understanding Root Cause Analysis
  • Applying Root Cause Analysis in an audit/investigative context
  • Overview of analytical processes to de-bunk the root cause of problems, issues and risks
  • Embedding Root Cause Analysis concepts into reports and recommendations


Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the Root Cause Analysis approach
  • Investigate the problem and quantify the risk and impact
  • Analyse the root cause of the problem related to processes, systems and organisational causes
  • Utilise graphical tools to analyse and illustrate the root of the problem, including the 5 Why's, Ishikawa Diagrams, Pareto charts, Cause and effect Diagrams and Tree Diagrams
  • Recommend solutions and preventative measures
  • Develop a root cause analysis report using the template provided


Workshop facilitator: Ian Rouse, Director, Peopleistic and Adjunct Professor with Monash and Victoria Universities, Melbourne


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Venue and date:

Date: Friday, 26 July 2019 - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Canberra


Hyatt Hotel Canberra

120 Commonwealth Avenue

Canberra, ACT 2600


Status: Available

For more information please contact John Harmata

+61 2 9267 9155