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Hello ACFE members and friends,

We are excited to host David Curnow in a virtual presentation on the "Psychology of Embezzlement".

Thursday 12th August 2021

5:15pm (for a 5:30pm start)

Dr. David Curnow has been a forensic psychologist for over 20 years. He was appointed as a Full Time member of the Adult Parole Board of Victoria in 2014, re-appointed in 2019 and late in 2020 he was appointed to the Post Sentence Authority. Prior to this Dr Curnow held a variety of senior clinical leadership positions in the Victorian and South Australian correctional systems. In private practice Dr Curnow has provided psychological treatment to a broad range of clients and groups, in addition to providing reports to courts on criminal, civil, and family law matters. He has held a variety of positions on regional, state and national executives of the Australian Psychological Society. In 2011 Dr Curnow received his PhD after studying the psychology of white collar offending by interviewing a range of offenders. He has provided consultancy services to clients of McGrathNicol and has presented at numerous Fraud Week presentations. Dr Curnow currently sits on the Standards Australia committee reviewing the Fraud and Corruption Control standards (AS-8001). His first book is due for release by Palgrave McMillan later this year on this topic.

The Psychology of Embezzlement. The art of intervention and control.

Surprisingly, the models currently used to explain internal fraud still are based on the theft as an individual event that repeats itself when we know from convictions data that there is virtually never one big fraud but rather smaller frauds over a lengthy period. From my PhD research, recent offender focused research and discussion with forensic accountants, it was clear that a model which accounted for the dynamic nature of the decision making in insider theft was required. An offender over time must be constantly evaluating their personal and organisational environment, adjusting their motivations, assessing the risk versus reward of opportunity and considering if their offending is detected, how they will explain it. Recent developments in behavioural economics, cognitive biases and neuropsychology have also aided in understanding how an offender’s decisions may change over time. The model I am proposing is broken into four phases which define the theft from the organisation’s perspective: recruitment, from induction to the first theft, ongoing theft to detection and resolution. Each phase requires the offender and the organisation to make certain decisions as the theft evolves. The session will conclude with a brief example of how this model could be applied to an organisation’s security program.

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ACFE Perth are seeking a small donation to attend this event. Please donate via Eventbrite or transfer directly to:

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners- Perth Chapter

BSB: 036-022

Account 475888

Dear ACFE Perth members,

Sharon Box from Mind Hush Group is offering ACFE members 30% discount on a course "Th​e Science of People & Lying" on 13th August 2021.​

Please see below for further details:


Past events

Members who may be thinking about the ACFE review course run by RSM, there are virtual (National) options available on the following dates next year:

- 20 - 23 July 2021

- 12 - 15 Oct 2021

Please email ACFE Perth for details

When : Wednesday 25 November 2020

Time 5.00 pm for 5.30 start

Tickets are strictly limited to 30 due to COVID-19 regulations (please keep a lookout for your personalized email from Eventbrite!)

Price: Donation


MinterEllison Perth

77 Saint Georges Terrace

Perth, WA 6000

Register via the link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/acfe-perth-whistleblower-protection-legisalation-update-tickets-127842661843

Thank you to MinterEllison for hosting this event

Craig Boyle from MinterEllison will lead a panel discussion along with Mike Hales and Rob Humphreys to take us through what the changes in the whistleblower legislation are and what they mean in practice.

Craig's practice covers a broad range of industrial relations and labour regulations matters. This includes a focus on individual employment relationships and contracts; workplace policies and procedures; equal opportunity, discrimination and harassment; and workplace safety and training.

Mike has more than 25 years' experience in dispute resolution, acting as advocate and mediator, both in the UK and Australia. He represents industry-leading clients in the energy and resources, property and construction sectors. Much of his work has been international, in courts and arbitration.

Rob specialises in employment litigation and represents employers in complex claims brought by executives and other senior employees in Federal and State jurisdictions. He regularly advises government-owned corporations on all aspects of employment law, particularly executive terminations and sensitive workplace investigations.

Catch up on the latest in the whistle blowing space and network with the ACFE members and board members. Hope to see you there!

ACFE Board

Alan Byrne, Troy Williams, Eve Switka, Melissa Campbell-Llyod, Helen Lo Presti

International Fraud Awareness Week on Tuesday 17 November 12:30-1:30 (note relevant timezone applies)

ACFE Melbourne Chapter has kindly extended an invite to ACFE Perth Chapter members for the following event: 

August 2020

Annual General Meeting of ACFE Perth Chapter Incorporated

A presentation to the members by Eve Switka and Ben Arnold on key findings from the Report to the Nations 2020 followed the formal meeting.

When: Thursday, 20 August 2020

Time: from 6.00 pm

Price: nil 

Thank you to Aspen Corporation for hosting this event.

November 2019

Join us for the year end wrap up featuring highlights from Asia Pacific Fraud Conference and drinks at Lalla Rookh.

When: Thursday, 12 December 2019

Time: from 5.30pm

Price: nil - buy your own drinks.

Register via the link below: https://lnkd.in/gNBiddx

Anne Ramos, the winner of the complimentary ticket to the conference, will take us through the most interesting topics discussed in Singapore back in September.

The debrief will be followed by the casual sundowner for the ACFE Perth members and ACFE Perth Chapter friends at Lalla Rookh. Feel free to drop by for a drink and catch up with the ACFE members and Board members. Hope to see you there!

Thank you to McGrathNicol for hosting this event.

March 2019

ACFE Perth Sundowner event

When: Thursday, 21 March 2019

From: 5pm

Where: The Aviary, Perth CBD, 140 William Street

Price: nil - buy your own drinks

Casual sundowner event for the ACFE Perth members and ACFE Perth Chapter friends. Feel free to drop by for a drink and catch up with the ACFE members and Board members.

November 2018

Following on from International Fraud Awareness Week (November 11 - 17 2018), ACFE Perth Chapter is hosting the following event:

Event - Informal panel discussion on how fraud impacts SME’s.

Venue - Deloitte, Brookfield Tower 2, Level 9, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Time - 5.30pm start

Duration - 45 minutes, with networking drinks afterwards at Print Hall

Date - Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Cost - Complimentary, gold coin donation option at door

We will start from 5.30pm an informal panel discussion with:

  • Wayne Stone, Head of Business Integrity at HBF Limited, will discuss the traits of a typical fraudster
  • Hollie Ponton, Head of Forensic Accounting at Avior Consulting, will discuss the fraud risk profile of SME's, including real life case studies;
  • Richard Boddington, Principal at Forensics Australia, will discuss the benefits of digital forensic readiness with recent SME case studies; and
  • Eve Switka, Manager at Avior Consulting, will discuss how fraud interacts with director duties.

Our focus will be on how fraud affects SME's and what SME's can do to mitigate fraud risk.

August 2018

Date: Wednesday, 15 August 2018 - Annual General Meeting, Election of Office Bearers and CFE Credential presentation.

Location: RSM Australia, Level 32, Exchange Tower, 2 The Esplanade Perth WA 6000

Time: 5:30 sharp

June 2018

Presenters: Ben Arnold, Director of A&P Advisory, and Hollie Ponton, Head of Forensic Accounting at Avior Consulting

Time: 5.15pm pre event drinks at Print Hall, then move to Deloitte's office for a 6pm presentation start

Date: Wednesday 13th of June

Venue: Deloitte, Brookfield Place, Tower 2, Level 7 123 St Georges Terrace

A presentation to discuss and analyse the ACFE 2018 Report to the Nations: Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse to with two current ACFE Perth Board members, Hollie Ponton and Ben Arnold.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has released their 2018 Report to the Nations: Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse. The report is the 10th edition of the largest global study on occupational fraud, involving 2,690 real cases of occupational fraud from 125 countries. 23 major industry categories were included in the report, exploring the costs, schemes, victims and perpetrators of fraud.

Hollie and Ben will discuss the key findings from the 2018 Report to the Nations including preventative and detective fraud techniques, regional specific results. who is perpetrating fraud and the current common identification techniques. We will also encourage discussion to share insights as to what the results mean for fraud professional and our organisations.

April 2018

Proudly sponsored by Lavan

Presenter: Iain Freeman, Partner at Lavan - Cyber Risk and Data Protection

Location: Lavan, Level 20, The Quadrant, 1 William Street, Perth

Time: 5:30 pm

Date: Thursday, 19 April 2018

Venue: Complimentary nibbles and drinks provided post event

Are you at risk of data breach? What are your obligations under the recent changes to the Privacy Act for mandatory reporting of a data breach? What constitutes a data breach?

Lavan has a dedicated Cyber Risk and Data Protection team, led by Iain Freeman, which is focused on assisting clients to mitigate their cyber risk, potential exposure to a data breach, and reporting of any such breaches.

There were changes effective from 22 February 2018 to the Privacy Act which affect both the company and the personal responsibility of directors and senior management to provide mandatory reporting in certain circumstances to the Privacy Commissioner and to the individuals involved, if the company is the subject of a data breach

Iain will run us through the following questions (and answers!) you should ask yourself and your clients:

  • Does the company have an annual turnover of $3m or more?
  • If it does, are you aware that with effect from 22 February 2018 there were amendments to the Privacy Act that affect both the company and the personal responsibility of directors and senior management to provide mandatory reporting in certain circumstances to the Privacy Commissioner and to the individuals involved, if the company is the subject of a data breach?
  • Are you also aware that relevant data breaches are not limited only to such malicious acts as theft or hacking? Notifiable breaches may arise from internal errors or failure to follow internal policies that result in accidental loss or disclosure. Many of the prominent data breaches that have occurred were a result of internal errors and failures to follow internal processes.

Do you or have in place:

i. a policy to identify security risks to personal information that you or your members hold?

ii. a policy to evaluate in a systematic way whether your existing information systems align with good privacy practice and legal obligation?

iii. policies that implement practices and procedures to reduce the risk of information security?

iv. proper training in this regard?

v. a designated officer responsible for the policy procedures training and auditing?

vi. appropriate responses in the event that you find there has been a data breach? Those responses need to be ready almost instantaneously.

vii. protocols and procedures that can rapidly be put into place to either cease the loss of data or mitigate the consequences of the loss of data?

February 2018

Presenter: Dan Hutchens, Principal RSM Australia Pty Ltd,

and Rod Sherwood CEO of CVCheck

Location: RSM Australia, Level 32, Exchange Tower, 2 The Esplanade Perth WA 6000

Time: 5:30 sharp, (before 5.30 as access to our floor will require a pass after that time)

Date: Wednesday 21st of February

Nibbles and drinks provided.

“How the did this happen?”: Using forensic, internal audit and other techniques to help Boards and Executives recover from fraud and misconduct events.

November 2017

Insurance Fraud - What is it and How is it Detected?

Date Thursday 16 November, 2017 5.30pm to 7.00pm

RAC Building 832 Wellington Street, Perth.

Presenters: Glen Walker and Jay Properjohn (RAC)

November 2017

Digital Forensics (and CCTV) Workshop

Date: Thursday 23 November, 2017

Western Power, 363 Wellington Street, Perth

5.30pm to 7.00pm.

Presenters: Richard Boddington and Gordon McMeikan - Digital Forensics Institute

October 2017

ACFE Perth is to host an event proudly sponsored by Lavan and Avior Consulting.

Date: Tuesday 10th October

Host: Lavan


(1) Warren Baillie, Company Secretary Woodside and Vice President Governance Institute of Australia

(2) Jane Gouvernet, Associate Director, Advisory, BDO (former Regional Commissioner of ASIC) and,

(3) Wayne Stone, Head of Pharmacy – Executive Manager & General Manager Benefits HBF


“Why does Corporate Culture matter in fraud control; The Antecedents and Consequences of Top Management Fraud; Fraud by top management is a topic that has stirred public interest, concern, and controversy; What are the consequences of management fraud on various stakeholder groups such as shareholders, debtholders, managers, local communities, and society; Where to from here;

Corporate Culture is becoming a key performance metric in many organisations and arguably for all the right reasons. So how does corporate culture assist in the prevention of fraud?”

August 2017

ACFE Perth to host an event on 30 August 2017 (Sponsored by Deloitte)

Topic: Third Party Governance

Presenters: Ben Arnold and Alistair Purt

Location: Deloitte Conference Suite, Level 9, Tower 2, Brookfield Place, 123 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000.

Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Trust is an integral element of all business relationships. Like it or not, third parties hold the key to your reputation and success. A contract is simply a promise written on a piece of paper. But its true worth lies not in legality but in the relationship of trust within which it was signed. We will use our industry experience to guide you through the common pitfalls and success factors of embedding a governance and monitoring framework for joint ventures, contractors and suppliers.

Join us afterwards for light refreshment at the Trustee Bar, Brookfield Place for fellowship and networking.

May 2017

ACFE Perth to host an event (Sponsored by Deloitte)


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Time: 5.30pm - 8.00pm

Location: Deloitte Conference Suite, Level 9, Tower 2, Brookfield Place, 123 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000.

Topic: "Ethics - are they just trumped up platitudes?"

Presenter: Dr Alan Byrne, FGIA, Manager Government, Lotterywest

Alan has over 30 years’ international management experience gained in the private and public sectors. Alan is also a casual lecturer in undergraduate and postgraduate level concentrating on business strategy and leadership. He is the author of several published articles focusing on ethics and morality and is the author of "Understanding our life in organisations: Telling it like it is".