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RSM offers Safe Harbour strategies

3 tips to protect your government agency from a ransomware attack

23 September 2021
Are you scared of being a victim of ransomware?

The challenging future facing WA infrastructure projects

14 June 2021
Infrastructure spending in Australia is a big-ticket item for the government at all levels.

Risk Management in Local Government

6 May 2021
Why local governments in WA must act to mitigate risk and implement effective risk management Following the appointment of the Auditor General as their official auditor several years ago, local governments in Western Australia have faced greater scrutiny surrounding financial management.

How to make building financial model spreadsheets less risky

15 January 2021
You’ve spent weeks and weeks building the financial model, getting the data inputs and bringing it all together. You sit back and look at what the numbers are telling you, but something doesn’t seem quite right.

Probity in Public Sector Procurement

13 November 2020
Are you worried about probity?

Tips for managing risk through and after COVID-19

2 November 2020
Many organisations are engaged in discussions about COVID-19 and its implications from a risk management perspective. It is particularly challenging in Melbourne and Victoria, and we are all looking forward to the end of, or even an easing of restrictions.

Strategic risk: are they threats or opportunities?

26 October 2020
It is a regular activity for an organisation to undertake a risk assessment of its operating environment to consider, review, and document the many threats that organisations face.

Risk management - payroll pain: is it the system or the processes?

26 October 2020
Major payroll scandals had been reported for some time prior to COVID-19, but the risk remains.

Important changes to the JobKeeper Program

24 April 2020
The Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg has announced the government will make further changes to the JobKeeper payment rules.  We summarise the changes below and will provide further updates when they come to hand.  

Emergency Cash Grants for VIC small businesses

15 April 2020
On 21 March 2020, the Victorian (VIC) State Government announced a one-off $10,000 emergency cash grant for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Emergency Cash Grants for NSW small businesses

15 April 2020
On 3 April 2020, the New South Wales (NSW) State Government announced a one-off $10,000 emergency cash grant for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Clarification required following economic stimulus package

31 March 2020
Fear and uncertainty resulting from the economic impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to affect business owners and individuals alike. There are immediate issues impacting taxpayers that require clarification.

Show me the money - integrity measures advise a cautious approach to stimulus packages

27 March 2020
The Omnibus Bill 2020, covering both Government Coronavirus Economic Response Packages, has received royal assent and is now law. While this will become an accountant’s bible at a time where people are seeking instant cash flow, it is advised that advisers proceed with caution.

SA State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package – What you need to know

27 March 2020
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TAS State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package – What you need to know

18 March 2020
*This page was last updated on 18 March. For more information, click here.

QLD State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package – What you need to know

18 March 2020
*This page was last updated on 18 March. For more information, click here.

NSW State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package - what you need to know

18 March 2020
*This page was last updated on 18 March. For more information, click here.

WA State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package – What you need to know

17 March 2020
*This page was last updated on 17 March. For more information, click here.

Compliance in Financial Services

1 March 2020
The rapid evolution of regulatory requirements, business standards and best practices presents unique challenges for companies who must protect and grow their organisations. Have compliance, risk and audit functions become hostage to a process-based focus?

Non-Executive Directors and Good Governance - What Can Stand in the Way?

14 February 2020
Major corporate failings that have dominated the media in recent years including safeguarding, whistleblowing and Board transparency have raised serious concerns for stakeholders including regulators, shareholders, employees and the non-executive community, with questions being asked regarding how to improve governance to address these and ot

Independence issues for internal auditors

12 February 2020
Internal audits can help organisations understand how well they’re managing their risk, control, and governance processes. Internal auditors don’t just examine an organisation’s financials; they review all aspects of its operations to identify ways to help the organisation improve its performance. 

Audit Office of NSW - Internal Controls and Governance 2019

30 January 2020
In November 2019, the Audit Office of New South Wales (AONSW) released a report summarising sector-wide findings and recommendations relating to internal controls and governance from their 2018-19 financial audits of the 40 of the largest public-sector agencies in NSW.

Audit Committee Guidelines by the Department of Finance

30 January 2020
A good governance is a combination of processes and structures implemented by the Board to inform, direct, manage and monitor the activities of the organisation toward the achievement of the organisation’s objectives. The Audit Committee plays a pivotal role in ensuring good governance by overseeing the organisation’s

How secure is your Managed Service Provider (MSP)?

13 January 2020
Many organisations currently outsource their information technology services to a Managed Service Provider (MSP), with the uptake of organisations engaging an MSP increasing significantly over time.

Cyberthreats in the healthcare industry: More about people than IT

19 December 2019
Health care companies must train staff to be vigilant around security. 

Emerging Competition in the Financial System

19 November 2019
The sharing economy has grown significantly in recent years, facilitating innovation, job growth and more choices for consumers. It started with taxis and hotel rooms, but will financial services follow soon? Or has it already begun?

Risk Advisory Team Expands With Senior Appointments

11 November 2019
RSM Australia (RSM), one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has announced a senior appointment to its risk advisory team.

Articulating security issues in business language

25 October 2019
The essential art of articulating security issues in business language.

Automation and Artificial Intelligence

8 August 2019
Artificial intelligence, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), blockchain, and other emerging data techniques are being used to improve customer experience, increase revenue and decrease cost.

Higher education and Vocational Education and Training (VET)

31 July 2019
RSM UK has recently undertaken an analysis of Risk Registers across Higher Education institutions. 

GDPR Case study - Government

21 March 2018
Bringing RSM’s ideas and insight – the work we carried out.

Programme evaluation for contemporary government

11 November 2015
Evaluating modern policy programmes Effective government develops and implements policy in response to complex issues through instruments, such as laws, advocacy, monetary flows, programmes and initiatives. Over time developing and implementing effective policy has become increasingly difficult as a result of three factors:

Government entities: corruption risk management and an integrity framework

15 July 2015
Government (at the Commonwealth, state or territory, local levels with municipal councils, and agencies and other government entities) has been leading the way in mitigating the risks of fraud, bribery, corruption and improper conduct.