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Biography

With over 30 years of experience in forensic accounting, forensic investigations of a range of matters such as fraud, bribery, corruption and improper conduct (e.g., workplace bullying and harassment), forensic technology, operation of whistleblowing reporting avenues and management advice, forensic due diligence, compliance and corporate security, Roger provides expert advice to clients across different industries as the National Head of Fraud & Forensic Services and Director of the Risk Advisory Services.

riskRoger Darvall-Stevens is a Partner of RSM Australia Partners and a Director of RSM Australia Pty Ltd.

Prior to RSM, Roger was a former police detective for 12 years and was part of the fraud squad and counter-terrorism before working with a ‘Big 4’ firm, where he spent 13 years as a Partner in forensics. Roger is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, a licensed investigator in multiple locations across Australia and New Zealand, and regularly presents at local and international seminars and conferences.

"I am motivated by the values of integrity and honesty in business dealings, and continual performance towards better practice maximising business performance."

When he’s not working on fraud and forensic matters, Roger enjoys his passion for movies, home gym workouts (he thinks deadlifts are the best!) and contact combat sports like MMA and Krav Maga.

Solutions Roger provides

  • Forensic accounting and forensic investigations
  • Fraud, bribery & corruption (as well as improper conduct) control
    • Planning, resourcing, implementation and management
    • Prevention
    • Detection
    • Response
  • Forensic related training
  • Forensic technology and forensic data analytics
  • Compliance risk reviews
  • Whistleblower services
  • Forensic diligence
  • Corporate security

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Significant projects

  • risk advisoryCompiled a fraud, bribery and corruption control plan which included a foreign bribery and corruption compliance program for an Australian based manufacturing company with operations overseas
  • Developed and delivered a nine-phased fraud & corruption prevention program for a newly formed government entity to mitigate associated risks in public transport 
  • Developed a fraud risk profile for an Australian based telecommunications company with operations in Asia
  • Facilitated the formation of an investigation response team for an organisation, including scenario training
  • Investigated a $5 million fraud within a private company where the ‘trusted’ CFO had stolen for several years, with unauthorised expenditure including gold bullion and investment properties
  • Investigated a $2.3 million fraud by an executive assistant, to a food manufacturing company’s executives, who used deception to manipulate the travel and expenses of these executives to make false payments for lavish personal expenses and to support the fraudster’s spouse’s illicit drug heroin addiction
  • Investigated collusion of a cosmetic company’s marketing executives to misrepresent performance to achieve monetary performance bonuses to which they were not entitled
  • Investigated foreign bribery and corruption in overseas operations of an Australian based company in mining and chemicals
  • Performed physical security assessments of premises and operations, and provided advice on protection and security measures in threatening and high-risk situations
  • Developed and maintained master service agreements for fraud and forensic work for companies with multiple incidents needs to ensure speed of multi-disciplinary and effective forensic investigation and prevention response
  • Through a forensic IT data analytics approach identified an employee who had set-up a false vendor through which company funds were being siphoned
  • Through a forensic IT investigation approach, identified incriminating evidence in a work PC’s hard drive ‘slack space’ of the deleted and leaked confidential information to the media

Professional associations

  • CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), global Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Former President, ACFE Melbourne Chapter
  • Regent Emeritus, global ACFE Board member (2012-2013)
  • Fellow/Founding member, Australian Institute of Professional Investigators (AIPI)
  • Affiliate, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Member, Association of Workplace Investigators

Registrations

  • Licensed investigator in multiple locations
  • Australian Government Baseline security clearance
  • Security Adviser

Qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration, La Trobe University
  • Master of Arts (Criminology), Graduate Diploma (Criminology), University of Melbourne
  • Graduate Certificate in Fraud Investigation, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Police Studies and Sociology), Monash University
  • Diploma and Certificate IV in Government Fraud Control and Investigations
  • Certificate III in Investigative Services
  • Certified in SCAN (Scientific Content Analysis) interview technique (basic and advanced)
Beyond RSM is RSM's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program

Events & presentations

  • "Anti-fraud resilience" - more information here - Fraud and AML Virtual Summit (29 September 2021)
  • "Fraud red flags in a disruptuive environment" - view the presentation here - Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA-Australia) TechTalk (27 July 2020)
  • "COVID-19 and managing business risks" - view the webinar here (17 April 2020)
  • "AICPA Journal of Accountancy Podcast" - listen to the podcast here (31 October, 2019)
  • "Roundtable facilitated discussion: Emerging trends in fraud and corruption" - 2019 ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) Global Fraud Conference (24 June 2019, Austin, Texas, U.S.)
  • "Mitigating Fraud” – presentation at the IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors) SOPAC Conference 2019 (26 March 2019, Sydney)
  • "Payroll fraud"- presentation at the APA 2018 Payroll Conference in Melbourne  (25 October 2018)
  • "'Culture integrity risk: ethical and cultural imperatives to reduce fraud" at the ACFE Asia-Pacific Fraud Conference in Sydney (23-25 September 2018)
  • "Highlights from a global fraud conference & current trends" - presented to clients (31 July 2018, Melbourne and 2 August 2018, Sydney)
  • "Fraud, bribery & corruption control trends: recent global fraud conference attendance" - Mutuals Audit & Governance Professionals Institute 25th Annual Conference (3 August 2017, Melbourne)
  • "Auditing anti-bribery & corruption controls in challenging environments" - IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors) International Conference 2017 (25 July 2017, Sydney)
  • "Fraud, bribery & corruption control: must knows for business leaders" - presented to Victorian Leaders (15 February 2017, Melbourne)
  • "The naked fraudster" - during International Fraud Awareness Week (14-18 November 2016, Melbourne and Sydney)
  • "Fraud & corruption: what we see" - presentation to the Committee for Ballarat, Fraud and Cyber Security Seminar (21 October 2016, Ballarat)
  • "Fraud investigation & forensic accounting demystified" - to the Victorian Bar (2 June 2016, Melbourne)
  • "Building a robust fraud and corruption control framework" - SOPAC Conference 2016 Masterclass (9 March 2016)
  • "Fraud, bribery and corruption control: essentials for company directors" - Australian Institute of Company Directors webinar (21 January 2016)
  • "Future crime: a virtual certainty" - 32nd Governance Institute of Australia National Conference (30 November 2015)
  • "C-Suite's dirty little fraud secret" - 2015 ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) Asia-Pacific Fraud Conference (4 - 6 November 2015, Singapore)
Publications

How to build anti-fraud resilience

17 June 2021
Roger Darvall-Stevens, Partner and Head of Fraud and Forensic Services, is presenting at the Fraud and AML Virtual Summit being held on 29 September 2021 on anti-fraud resilience. Roger’s presentation will cover: What is operational resilience, and in turn adapted to anti-fraud and AML including an enterprise anti-fraud maturity...

Risk Insider Newsletter - Edition #7

1 March 2021
As cybersecurity continues to affect the bottom line of many companies, the need to continually assess and improve your security posture is paramount. As cybersecurity threats and data security events continue to evolve, understanding the costs and resources necessary to respond to a data breach is essential.

Fraud and Corruption Pressure Testing to Reduce "Surprises"

16 February 2021
The fundamental step in protecting an organisation and mitigating fraud and corruption control risks is understanding the type of fraud and corruption control risks that are prevalent to the organisation and assessing the counter measures currently in place to mitigate those risks.  This includes examining the controls or more specificall...

Risk Insider Newsletter - Edition #6

24 November 2020
It turns out this month's US election will bring an era of significant changes to address the pandemic, expand domestic health care, modernise infrastructure and adopt expansionary fiscal policy—all of which will define the economic policy landscape over the next two years. And it seems the ASX agrees with those sentiments, with renewed confidence only seen prior to the pandemic.

Risk Insider Newsletter - Edition #5

29 July 2020
Audit Committees, Senior Executives and Boards need to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on internal controls. The pandemic has caused many to transition to a work-from-home arrangement, and your most important internal controls may not have kept pace with these rapid process changes. Now is the time to ensure that any issues with underlying transactions, data or controls are identified and corrected, to prevent misappropriation or fraudulent activities.

Better practice fraud and corruption control guide AS 8001 in final draft for imminent release

21 July 2020
Many who have responsibility for fraud and corruption control within their business (whether private or public sector) will know of the better practice guidance from the Australia Standard AS 8001 Fraud and Corruption Control. In Australia, AS 8001-2008 has been the backbone of guidance on how to prevent, detect, and respond to the risks of fra...

Risk Insider Newsletter - Edition #4

30 April 2020
As Australians are beginning to gain confidence in the response to the coronavirus, which has caused widespread disruption for the last few months, public conversation is quickly and rightly swinging to economic recovery. We will watch carefully the impact this has on economic recovery as restrictions begin to be unwound. Our clients need us now, as we face this crisis together. Drawing on our experience during the global financial crisis, we know that taking early and decisive action to manage risks is critical. 

Is COVID-19 an excuse to forgo forensic due diligence or integrity checks?

20 April 2020
In the wake of these ever-changing times it is quite natural for businesses and individuals to focus more on survival. This includes staff retainment rather than paying attention to protective control measures including conducting forensic due diligence checks. In reference to the above-mentioned question, the blatant answer is NO! Forensic or i...

Webinar: COVID-19 and managing business risks | 17 April 2020

17 April 2020
Amid the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, there has been an increased emphasis on the development and tailoring of Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) to help ensure that the organisation is able to adjust to the new conditions. There has also been an escalation in fraud, corruption and workplace misconduct that has increased the risk of furthe...

COVID-19 Anti-fraud and corruption toolkit for business

27 March 2020
An important COVID-19 fraud update from the Fraud & Forensic Services team at RSM  Amid widespread public concerns over the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, fraud, corruption and workplace misconduct risk is heightened. There has been an escalation in fraud related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which puts businesses at risk of furt...

Risk Insider Newsletter - Edition #3

3 February 2020
The bushfires have had a devastating impact with 25 people killed in NSW and thousands of homes damaged. Now, the government of NSW has announced an independent six-month inquiry into the bushfires which will examine causes as well as the preparedness and response. It is expected that the inquiry would consider how climate change, human activity and other factors had contributed to the blazes.

Emerging Global Fraud Trends - Podcast

7 November 2019
Roger Darvall-Stevens is featured in an AICPA Journal of Accountancy Podcast discussing the emerging global trends in fraud, how to protect yourself and your organisation and what the future might look like.  Roger is a Director and National Head of Fraud & Forensic Services and has over 25 years of experience in forensic investigat...

Risk Insider Newsletter - Edition #1

31 July 2019
Welcome to our first edition of Risk Insider. Recently we have seen some interesting developments around the world that have redefined how companies and government entities view risks. It has been a busy period for risk and compliance professionals. There have been a significant number of changes that Boards, Chief Executive Officers and Chief Risk Officers have had to deal with which has accelerated change and the need to access the right risk and compliance advisors has never been as strong. 

Should auditors be responsible for detecting fraud?

11 June 2018
An auditor is a watchdog, not a bloodhound... Should auditors be responsible for detecting fraud? How often is fraud detected via external audit? According to the experts, not very often – and rightly so as external audit serves a different purpose. National Head of Fraud & Forensic Services, Roger Darvall-Stevens sheds light on this is...

Fraud & Forensics - the 'must knows' for business leaders

23 May 2018
This month, Roger Darvall-Stevens, Partner and National Head of Fraud & Forensic Services at RSM, is featured in Financier Worldwide’s Corporate Fraud & Corruption Annual Review. In the feature, he talks about regulatory developments in Australia, fraud & corruption risks and offers advice to businesses on how to mitigate those r...

Unleash the power of whistleblowers in war on fraud

8 May 2017
Rather than putting a black mark against them, Australian firms should recognise the power of whistleblowers as an early warning system in the fight against fraud and corruption. The commonly held misconception that there’s no place within a company’s culture for those with the temerity to inform management on the misconduct of their peers, ...

Fraud and corruption prevention for SMEs

8 November 2016
Stopping your company from being a target for fraud and corruption While it may not make the daily headlines like armed robbery, the white-collar crime of fraud, according to an Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) report, is costing companies a whopping $6 billion-plus annually. AIC data also reveals that the most common fraud is m...

How to combat the growing threat of foreign bribery and corruption

8 November 2016
What is best practice and where do Australian companies currently rate? Whether it’s the FIFA cash-for-votes fiasco, Unaoil the Monaco-based company at the centre of a global oil scandal or the infamous Panama Papers which implicated scores of politicians and business figures in a labyrinth of murky corporate dealings, the proble...

Culture is key to mitigating fraud, bribery and corruption risk

8 July 2016
Given that staff tends to take its cue from what management does, rather than what it says, companies that encourage questionable workplace practises from the top down, can end up being their own worst enemies by becoming victims and sometimes unwitting perpetrators of internal fraud, bribery and corruption. The larger the company, the more ...

Ultranet Operation Dunham

31 March 2016
RSM’s Fraud and Forensic Services’ Roger Darvall-Stevens and Probity Adviser Michael Shatter share their thoughts on the public examinations of Operation Dunham, Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission’s (IBAC) investigation into the Department of Education and Training’s $180 million Ultranet project. The examinatio...

C-Suite's dirty little fraud secret

25 August 2015
Fraud by CEOs, CFOs and others in the ‘C-suite’ is a dirty little secret which is rarely discussed but happens with disturbing regularity. It is one of those once in a lifetime events that seem to happen regularly! The great majority of our business leaders do the right thing and have ethics and integrity beyond reproach. Their qualification...

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. This is often in terms of breaches of public sector values or public sector codes of conduct or ethics. Priv...
Events

2015 ACFE Asia-Pacific Fraud Conference

4-6 November 2015
The annual ACFE Asia-Pacific Fraud Conference returns to Singapore on 4 - 6 November 2015. RSM Partner and Head of Fraud & Forensic Services, Roger Darvall-Stevens, will be presenting on 'C-Suites Dirty Little Fraud Secrets'. For more information on this event, please click here to visit the event page. ...

Fraud, bribery, corruption control: Essentials for Company Directors webinar

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Roger Darvall-Stevens, National Head of Fraud & Forensic Services will be leading a webinar with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) fraud, bribery and corruption control for Company Directors. This webinar will cover - Fraud, bribery and corruption – and what directors need to know Who really owns fraud in you...

Building a robust fraud and corruption control framework - SOPAC Conference 2016

Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Roger Darvall- Stevens, National Head of Fraud and Forensic Services will be presenting at the SOPAC Conference 2016 in Brisbane on 'Building a robust fraud and corruption control framework'. The conference runs from Sunday, 6 March to Wednesday, 9 March 2016. Attendees to this session will - Provide an overview of the current fra...

RSM - Exclusive ACFE Authorised Trainer for the CFE Exam Review Course for Australia

20 July - 23 July 2021 | 12 October - 15 October 2021
Master the skills and knowledge you need to pass the CFE exam in 2021 RSM Australia has an ongoing agreement with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) as the exclusive ACFE Authorised Trainer for the CFE Exam Review Course for Australia. Since a hugely successful partnership began in 2016, RSM Australia’s Fraud & Foren...

Business Australia | NSW Business Chamber CEO forum

Thursday, 17th March 2016
Fraud, bribery and corruption control: CEO 'must knows' Fraud, bribery and corruption what is all the fuss about? It is estimated that the typical organisation loses 5% of its revenue annually to fraud and 77% of fraud are committed by individuals in 1 of 7 business functions: accounting, operations, sales, executive/upper, management, customer ...

Highlights from a Global Fraud Conference and Current Trends Event

Melbourne - Tuesday 31 July & Sydney - Thursday 2 August 2018 | 7:30am - 9:00am (Registrations from 7:30am)
Fresh from the ACFE 29th Global Fraud Conference, Roger Darvell-Stevens from RSM’s Fraud & Forensic Services team will tell you everything you need to know.  Roger has extracted key trends and techniques from the conference content along with highlights of local Australian trends and developments featured in recent RSM anti-f...

The complete fraud and forensic update | BRISBANE

Thursday, 18 October 2018 | 12:00pm-2:00pm
Keep up to date on the latest trends in fraud, bribery, corruption and risk mitigation You are invited to share in a light lunch where we will discuss the latest insights to assist you and your organisations. You will be given the opportunity to network with your peers in other organisations who are fighting fraud and corruption. Highli...

Webinar | TechTalk - Fraud red flags in a disruptive environment

Monday 27 July 2020 | 12.30pm - 1.30pm AEST
The Institute of Internal Auditors - Australia (IIA) will host a TechTalk on Fraud red flags in a disrupted environment to be presented by Roger Darvall-Stevens, the National Head of Fraud and Forensic Services at RSM Australia. IN THIS SESSION, ROGER WILL COVER THE FOLLOWING TOPICS: Overview of the current fraud environment and ...

Fraud and AML Virtual Summit

Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Roger Darvall-Stevens, Partner and Head of Fraud and Forensic Services, will be presenting on Securities Fraud Enforcement His presentation will cover a number of different topics.  Read more here  ...