Submit Event

ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

Ethical decision-making

One-day short course


27th June 2017


ANU Crawford School of Public Policy



In the midst of growing concern about integrity within the Australian Public Service(1) this experiential learning program introduces you to tools and techniques to guide staff in making ethically sound decisions in tune with your organisation’s risk management framework. You will learn techniques developed by The Ethics Centre for over 25 years and taught to a wide variety of industries, including the military, financial service, mining, international development and governments. You will be able to identify the different definitions of unethical behaviour and corruption, their regulatory environment and approaches to prevention.

Course overview

More than 3000 federal public servants believe they witnessed some form of corruption at work in the last 12 months, according to a 2016 survey by the Australian Public Service Commission’s annual census(2). The list of accusations includes leaks of sensitive information, conflicts of interest, nepotism, cronyism, blackmail, bribery, fraud and collusion with criminals.

To assist leaders address these concerns in a way informed by international good practice, this course is designed to be highly interactive, using practical scenarios and group exercises to help participants explore individual and organisational values and their role in supporting good decision making within organisations. This course will define ethics and unethical practices and consider their regulatory regimes. It examines theory and research as well as examples of relevant international and domestic policy instruments.

The course will guide participants on how to implement an Integrity Framework for their organisation in tune with the strategic planning framework. It will touch on ethical culture development, risk management, codes of conduct, conflicts of interest, investigations, managing gifts and benefits, red-flags, reporting and whistle-blower procedures.

Course convenor

Mr David Burfoot

David Burfoot is a Senior Consultant at The Ethics Centre, an independent not-for-profit, who has provided ethics training to a significant number of Australian Stock Exchange’s top 50 companies. David has worked in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors domestically and internationally for organisations as diverse as the United Nations Development Program, Deloitte, and the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. He has been an anti-corruption specialist with a number of government agencies and provides training to staff of anti-corruption agencies based in Australia and overseas.


Course date: 
9.30am–4.30pm 27 June 2017
Venue: #132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: A$1,350 GST incl; Group discounts applicable

Press Ctrl+C to copy