Episode 17: Good governance in practice: conflicts of interest

Our final episode of ROCpod for this year is an instalment of our Good Governance in Practice series about managing conflicts of interest.

Officers of registered organisations have a responsibility to carry out their duties in good faith and in the best interests of the organisation. A personal interest may come into conflict with this responsibility. However through good governance, organisations can identify and manage conflicts of interest.

In our latest podcast we draw on examples of case law and whistleblower disclosures to illustrate the potential consequences of conflicts of interest and suggest practical strategies for responding to them. 

Episode highlights

1:30      What is a conflict of interest?
3:10      Different types of conflicts of interest
7:10      Disclosure requirements under the RO Act
15:10    Case study: General Manager of the Fair Work Commission v McGiveron and Burton [2017]
20:10    Developing a speak up culture

Downloads and links

Guidance note: Designated official and manager's guide to handling matters within registered organisation

Episode 17 transcript 

Case study: General Manager of the Fair Work Commission v McGiveron and Burton [2017] FCA 405


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