Risk Management Indonesia Program

Risk Management for the Indonesian Public Sector

In late October, OCM partnered with QUT to deliver a second short course program, ‘Better Governance – Risk Management for the Public Sector (Indonesia)’ under the Department of Foreign Affairs, Australia Awards in Indonesia (AAI) program. OCM was engaged by QUT as its content provider having partnered with them for a previous course in 2016. Pat McCallum of OCM’s Brisbane office and Michael Parkinson were course leaders with Cathy Blunt and Bob McDonald, also of our Brisbane office, Robert Waldersee of OCM’s Sydney office and Lisa Dray of OCM’s Canberra office contributing to the course.

Twenty-eight course participants were chosen through a highly competitive process to prepare ‘return to work’ projects. These projects were supported by two weeks of training and agency consultations in Australia which took place from 16th to 27th October 2017. We were honoured on this course to have as participants two senior Indonesian public servants, Mrs Elly Fariani, Inspector General of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and Mrs Selvia Vivi Devianti, Inspector of Ethical Enforcement in the Supreme Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia (BPK). Other agencies represented were the National Disaster Recovery Agency (BNPB), Ministry of State (SETNEG, Secretariat and WAPRES), Ministry of Finance and the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS).

One of the key objectives of the program is to build strong relationships and respect between Australian and Indonesian public servants. Site visits and guest speakers are a key input to the AAI programs. Building on OCM’s deep connections to the public sector, a strong program was negotiated by Cathy Blunt with several agencies participating including Queensland’s Departments of Science, Industry, Technology and Innovation, Treasury, and Premier and Cabinet. Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Surf Life Lifesaving Australia and Risk Management Institution of Australasia (RMIA) also presented to the group. In Canberra, the group visited the Commonwealth Departments of Agriculture and Water Resources, Human Services and Finance in addition to the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) and Comcover. In New South Wales the group visited NSW Treasury and Wollongong City Council and received presentations from NSW ICAC and NBN Co.

Another key objective is to develop positive attitudes to Australia, its culture and people. The participant group embraced this challenge with relish.

OCM will travel to Indonesia in January 2018 to receive the projects developed through this course.