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Conflict of interests is the key integrity issue in every professional role. In practice, most people find conflict of interest matters difficult and need help when a choice must be made in situations where the relevant facts of the matter, conflicting objectives, organisational values, community expectations, personal ethics, duty, and the law, may all be contestable. Fortunately, the professional skill of managing problem situations can be learnt and deployed to guide robust ethical decision making in any context.

The key questions are:

  • what is relevant
  • what is important
  • who gets to decide?

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Course outline

In this professional workshop, explore a number of real-life cases to identify evidence-based strategies to deliver ethical decision making. You will receive a toolkit, materials and reference documents for personal use.

Case studies explored will include:

  • helping a family member get an Australian Public Service (APS) job
  • workplace bullying
  • accepting gifts of nominal value
  • posting personal comments on social media
  • graduate research related to your work
  • whistleblowing about a government program
  • sexual harassment of a program client.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should have a greater understanding of the complexity of conflict of interests and walk away with a framework that should enable you to manage problem situations in an ethical manner.

Who should enrol

Anyone; including employees, managers and leaders; wanting to better understand the complexities of conflict of interests and who want to manage solving problems ethically.

What you will receive

  • Personal investment from a leading industry expert
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Full course notes and additional resources
  • A certificate of participation
  • Ability to upload course completion to your LinkedIn profile
  • Access to the CCE student portal during the course and the month following
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

Howard Whitton is a Founding Director of The Ethicos Group, and a former Commonwealth and Queensland public servant. He brings to this workshop over two decades of specialist experience in policy development and capacity-building in integrity systems, conflict of interests, whistleblowing, codes of conduct and corruption prevention, in Australia and internationally. In particular, Howard was a member of the expert team which established the UN Secretariat's Ethics Office, and a co-author of the OECD's Guidelines and Toolkit on Managing Conflict of Interests. He is a visiting fellow in the Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra and a research associate at the Trans-National Research Institute on Corruption at ANU.