Assurance & Risk

“Love’s labour lost”. Don’t lose your heart or your wallet this Valentine’s Day

Lonely heart cyber scams are big business with The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission receiving more than 4100 reports of dating and romance scams last year.

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Uncharted waters, the rising tide of Australian fraud

Much attention has been given to issues like the Budget deficit and the possible impact of a Trump presidency on our economy. But there is another issue of growing concern – the rising tide of fraud in this country.

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The 12 Days of Cyber Christmas: a cautionary tale in the digital age of ‘smart’ devices

The holidays are nearly with us and everyone is surely looking forward to a rest. Well not everyone, because while you chill out, the fraudsters are still hard at work…

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Unwittingly sharing your personal details online? The results can be pretty creepy

Filled in an online form lately? Bought a book or signed up to a content streaming service? Shared a selfie. Well you have just added more information to your unseen…

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ASX 200: reporting more than financials, Australia edges down the Integrated Reporting pathway

There are some encouraging developments in Australian corporate reporting – but we are still behind other parts of the world. The third KPMG ASX 200 corporate reporting – evolution and…

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YOU are the weakest link: where are we going wrong with cyber security in Australia?

There is no doubt that the threat of cyber crime is on the rise

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What do you call an accountant with an opinion? An auditor. #AuditorProud

Today is #AuditorProud day. A little known celebration, in its second year, but one close to my heart as a proud audit geek – and since being appointed to the…

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Whistleblowing: should “doing the right thing” be rewarded?

It’s no secret that whistleblowing is a risky business. Historically, whistleblowers have had little protection from reprisal and even less incentive to come forward to “do the right thing”. However,…

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Priority Scam Alert – Supplier identity theft leading to fraudulent payment

Your organisation receives a call from a legitimate supplier inquiring as to why their invoice hasn’t been paid. This enquiry may be nothing out of the ordinary, until your organisation…

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Asbestos use in Australia – is it history?

The importation, use and recycling of asbestos was banned in Australia on 31 December 2003, following a phase out process which started with a ban on blue asbestos in 1967.…

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Australia not immune from the fraud plague – don’t be complacent, fraud is on the rise

If you think we live in a country relatively free from the fraud and corruption that plagues many parts of the world, a new KPMG survey might shake you up a little.

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Australian annual reports have cut the clutter but leave out important information

There is some good news and some not so good news in the state of Australian corporate reporting. KPMG International has just released a study of business reporting by 270 companies…

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In the 24 minute opinion cycle, reputational damage is as close as one tweet away

In 2013, damage to brand and reputation was nominated by the participants of Aon’s highly respected Annual Global Risk Management Survey as the eighth most important risk. By 2015 it…

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