There is a growing social and regulatory drive for public sector organizations to provide performance reporting that can be used to assess the delivery of organizations’ strategies. This pressure comes not only from government in its oversight capacity but from all interested key stakeholders.

Integrated Reporting introduces a business approach to reporting in the public sector that fully embraces stakeholder inclusivity and the critical need for financial, economic, environmental, social and governance sustainability.

Public sector organisations already publish a extensive range of data on their broader impacts and performance. One of the key opportunities (and challenges) for public sector organisations is to use integrated reporting to understand and clarify the connectivity of all of this information, with the aim of presenting a more complete and coherent picture.

The program answers questions such as:

  • What is integrated reporting in the context of the public sector?
  • What is The International Integrated Reporting Framework?
  • How does integrated reporting the public sector look like in practice?
  • Why it is important for businesses to effectively provide integrated reporting?

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a understanding of integrated reporting standardisation initiatives for the public sector
  • Understand the high level content of the framework for integrated reporting
  • Gain an understanding of how integrated reports can look like in practice in the public sector
  • Understand why it is important for the public sector to effectively provide integrated reporting

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Increasingly the public sector and government seeks to show leadership in the area of sustainability to the wider public sector, businesses and citizens. This not only means setting and meeting goals for its own reporting, operations and procurement, but also sharing the wider public sector practice and lessons learned.

This course provides an overview of the principles and practices sustainability accounting and reporting. The course will draw on published frameworks and guidance materials detailing minimum reporting requirements for central government bodies and public sector entities. The key sustainability reporting areas that the course will introduce are:

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Waste minimisation and management
  • Other relevant Finite Resource Consumption
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Biodiversity conservation measures

The 2-day course contains reviews emerging trends in the development of sustainability accounting and reporting in the public sector. The core of the course is its provision of a high level overview of the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)- Sector Supplement for Public Agencies.

The course will also introduce the guidance published by the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) for audit institutions on sustainable development.

The course will review how sustainability reporting in the public sector compares with the private sector.

The program answers questions such as:

  • What is sustainability reporting in the context of the public sector?
  • Which are the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives for the public sector and how do these differ?
  • What is the high level content of the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives in sustainability reporting?
  • How do public sector sustainability reports look like in practice?
  • Why it is important for businesses to effectively report on sustainability?

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a understanding of the sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives for the public sector
  • Understand the high level content of the major international sustainability reporting standardisation initiatives in sustainability reporting
  • Gain an understanding of how sustainability reports can look like in practice in the public sector
  • Understand why it is important for the public sector to effectively report on sustainability

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Financial management is a core competency for service line managers in the modern public sector. Many service line managers receive little or inadequate training in this competency and some may even be in denial about their important role in managing financial resources. The consequences of poor financial management can seriously harm the financial stability of the service, availability of future funding, ability to deliver services, team morale and relationships between the service and the finance team.

This 4-day course will develop competencies in financial management providing the knowledge and practical application skills to enable you to:

  • Confidently discuss financial issues with your own staff and with finance staff supporting your service
  • Understand and analyse financial activity reports
  • Operate key financial controls
  • Plan, set and manage a budget
  • Interpret budget variances and devise appropriate strategies to respond to them
  • Develop financial oriented performance measures
  • Improve the value for money delivered by your service

Learning points are explained in clear, simple language and are illustrated with real-world examples. Application is through problem solving and discussion of case studies. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and learn from each other.

This program answers questions such as:

  • Why should I manage finances and what are my responsibilities?
  • What is the difference between cash and accruals accounting?
  • Who sets financial controls, what are the consequences if they are not operated effectively and what are my responsibilities for their operation?
  • How are resources allocated to budget holders?
  • What is the difference between a plan, budget and a forecast?
  • How should I monitor and manage my budget?
  • What is benchmarking, how is it done, how often should I do it?
  • Where should I go in my organisation for further information and guidance?

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop core financial competencies
  • Input effectively to the budget setting process
  • Make more effective use of resources
  • Identify and respond to financial warning signs before they become financial issues
  • Improved communication with finance support staff and senior management on financial planning and control issues
  • Ensure financial controls are correctly operated

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A recent report from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA) on the UK public sector found that over a third of organisations did not have effective mechanisms to manage risk. As public sector organisations come under increasing pressures globally to reduce costs and improve accountability and performance, effective risk management and coordination with a strong internal audit function are critical to their success and survival. This course offers an overview of the elements of a successful integrated risk management approach by reviewing best practices in public sector risk management and Internal Audit, from the adoption of enterprise risk management to the implementation of standards issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) in the day-to-day operation of the internal audit. Topics covered include why use enterprise risk management, approaches to enterprise risk management used by the public sector and recent updates, the IIA standards to be implemented as best practice; managing the internal audit function, risk assessment and evaluation of internal controls design and testing their operating effectiveness. We will also cover in overview the documentation process for conducting Internal Audit assignments, elements to be included in the working papers and how findings are reflected in the audit report. The course also examines how to structure an Internal Audit Department and the various skills needed with changes in the public sector environment.

The course will answer questions such as:

  • What are the benefits of a coordinated, systematic approach to risk management?
  • What is enterprise risk management and is it appropriate to my public sector organisation?
  • What changes were introduced by the updates to ISO 31000 in 2018 and COSO ERM in 2017?
  • How should risk management be devolved through the organisation?
  • Why is risk management so difficult to embed successfully?
  • How to structure the relationship between operational risk managers, the risk management function and internal audit?
  • How does the internal audit department add values to the organization?
  • Why do some internal audit departments fail to deliver effective assurance?
  • How is internal audit effectiveness measured – objectively and subjectively?
  • What are the key standards for internal audit?

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain knowledge of risk management best practices and recent changes to them
  • Develop understanding of internal audit concepts
  • Review and understand the IIA Standards
  • Learn the details of internal audit engagements
  • Understand the importance of risk management and internal audit in the public sector

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The course is split into 11 modules across 8 days. Each module builds on the previous one with a series of case  studies and exercises testing the delegates understanding of the issues. The course culminates with a module which brings all the other modules together by focusing on the need to communicate financial information, and the impact of that information, to other people who do not necessarily have a detailed understanding of finance.

  • Module 1 is focused on the basics of Government Finance and how public finance is raised and expenditure is controlled. Modules 2, 3 and 4 cover the principles of financial reporting, budget management and Value for Money, including an accountancy based business simulation.
  • Module 5 covers risk management and internal controls.
  • Modules 6, 7 and 8 look at revenue management, investment appraisal and the financial elements of business cases and expenditure management, while module 9 looks at aspects of contract management.
  • Module 10 considers the importance and role of audit in relation to financial and operational management and Modules 11 concludes by looking at the effective communication of financial  information.

Successful completion of the course will provide delegates with much of the knowledge and many of the skills to help them to move into senior Public Sector roles in the following areas:

  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Revenue management
  • Cost reduction and assessing value for money
  • Internal auditing
  • Investment appraisal
  • Financial control
  • Financial governance
  • Procurement
  • Contract Management

Registration fee for this unique event includes:

  • 8 days of formal tuition by some of our most senior instructors.
  • Full set of course materials (including case studies, illustrations and examples).
  • An iPad Mini which you can use for research during and after the course.
  • A local sightseeing tour, arranged and paid by IASeminars.
  • Lunch and refreshments on every teaching day.
  • Farewell dinner with graduation photographs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of best practice government finance processes
  • Understand how all government finance roles should fit together
  • Take your public sector finance skills to an advanced level
  • Understand how to communicate with people who don’t have a finance background
  • Be able to move into a different public sector finance role
  • All participants receive an iPad Mini to be used for technical research during and after the course
  • City tour and graduation dinner, arranged and paid by IASeminars

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