Past Events


CPSGAP Public Sector Forum 

La Trobe University’s Centre for Public Sector Governance, Accountability and Performance (CPSGAP) invites you to attend a symposium on public sector governance presented by Mr John Harte.

Date: Wednesday 22 May 2013
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm (light refreshment will be served)
Location: La Trobe University City Campus, Level 20, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne, Room 20.03
Cost: Free

Public Sector Governance – emerging issues

This presentation will examine the current governance environment from the basic frameworks of the agency model through the global re-pricing of risk we now term the global financial crisis into practical issues in governance. The presentation will address the impact of changes governance practices and expectations in the public sector.

Mr John Harte 

John is a professional business manager and non-executive director. He specialises in the healthcare, water, primary production and Government owned businesses. John has over 20 years experience in business management, including head of business, chief executive, Chairmanship and directorship roles in a range of companies from multinationals to SME in Europe, Australia and the US. John gained significant human resources, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, product and service development expertise plus further specialisation in communications, business management, governance, investment and stakeholder engagement at Mars Incorporated, Goldman Sachs JBWere, Schroder’s and Capital International.

John has a strong affinity with the membership based, not for profit, local and state sectors. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (UK), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Financial Services (FINSIA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. John has completed the Company Directors Course Diploma and the Mastering the Boardroom Course. He is a core, national and international facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Director (AICD) s and completed the “Leading Professional Services Firms” postgraduate course at Harvard Business School in June 2006.  John was a participant and speaker at the Rock Centre for Corporate Governance Directors College of Stanford University in June 2012 and a speaker at the AICD national conference in 2011 and 2012. 

Contact: Prof Zahirul Hoque


Expert Commentary by Prof Zahirul Hoque

Budgeting for legitimacy – how budgeting systems influence University governance

Zahirul Hoque spoke at the Higher Education Strategic Management Accounting Forum 2011 on 20-21 July in Novotel Darling Harbour in Sydney. He discussed how accounting is involved in an organisation’s process of legitimation.

When a university is enlarged through series of mergers, introducing a new budgeting system borrowed from the institutional environment is often the standard response. However, this adoption can be challenged by senior academic and administrative staff.

Finding the budget system to be inconsistent with their values and expectations, staff may undermine it through patterns of under-and-over-spending.

For details, visit the Liquid Learning website