SAIGA's Skills Transfer & Educational Programmes STEPSTM LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT COURSE Course Facts Background and topics covered * Please also read the fact sheet of the Foundation Course of the Public Finance Management Programme The content of this course which forms part of the Public Finance Management Programme , is designed around the requirements of the Public Finance Management Act, the Treasury Regulations and the KING III Report and specifically focuses on current developments and best practices that public sector financial managers and support staff should be familiar with. The topics dealt with in this three-day course include: IT Governance: connecting IT with the objectives of the organisation dependence on IT for meeting the organisation's objectives IT governance and governance at large COBIT, VAL-IT - established frameworks for control & value Combined Assurance: Implications for the Audit Committee The role of Internal Audit Guidance from the King III report Drafting the combined assurance plan Internal Financial Controls (IFC's): Reporting requirements Guidance from KING III, National Treasury Practical Examples KING III: Implications for the Public Sector Latest Practice Guides ERM Architecture: Latest trends and best practices Maturity models and their implications ISO 31000 Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: The objective of Business Continuity Management The Business Continuity plan Business recovery and disaster recovery Internal and external audit coordination: Why coordinate audits? Develop an audit coordination policy Typical coordination activities of internal audit services. Critical success factors to ensure proper coordination. How does coordination fit into the combined assurance model. Root cause identification: Steps in Root Cause Identifications Causal factors 7 Secrets of Root Cause Identification Case studies Control self-assessment (CSA): Latest trends and best practices CSA contribution to Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Fraud red flags: Creating awareness in the organisations' Regular assessment of fraud red flags Typical responses to red flags Carbon footprint: What is carbon footprint? How is your organisation affected? What is a carbon audit? Part of corporate social responsibility Reporting on carbon footprint The green "7-P's" Whistle blowing: The important building blocks for proper whistle blowing Responsibilities in a whistle blowing process Best practices for the Public Sector Strategic thinking: Understand the techniques required to think strategically Think your way through to innovative solutions Work with your own preferred mind pattern Thinking out of the box Apply the concept of strategic intent in your department Evaluate your department in terms of its core competencies Build a strategic plan for your section or department. Time spent on the above topics will vary depending on the feed-back received from course participants. Booking and cancellation policies Bookings Since only a limited number of participants can be accommodated, bookings will be handled on a first- come-first-served basis. To avoid disappointment submit your registration as soon as possible. Changes / cancellations: Tax invoices will be issued (faxed and posted) on receipt of your booking. Once a tax invoice has been  issued the department/delegate will be held liable for payment of the full course fee.  No refunds can  be made, but alternative delegates (substitutes) may attend the same course at no extra cost. All  booking changes or cancellations are charged at R1,539 (R1,350 plus 14% VAT) per delegate booking.  No cancellations or changes in booking will be accepted if not received in writing at least 5 working days  before the course. Invoices must be paid before the course starts. No certificates will be issued if  payment is outstanding. Outstanding payments incur 2% interest per month. Due to the minimal  information which banks provide in respect of direct deposits, participant have to fax their deposit slips  / electronic transfer slips to the Secretariat and state the invoice number/(s) to which the deposit  refers. As required by recent legislation, VAT numbers have to be provided with registration. The  Institute reserves the right to cancel a particular course due to unforeseen circumstances e.g.  insufficient bookings or unavailability of venues (in the last few years, only a few courses had to be  cancelled). In such event, participants will be informed at least two weeks before the scheduled course  date of such cancellations. Participants who have paid their fees will receive full refunds in the event of  SAIGA cancelling a course (SAIGA's liability in such event is limited to this refund). * To register for this course, or any other course, kindly complete one of your REGISTRATION FORMS
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