Andrew Patterson

Andrew Patterson has had an extensive career in workplace investigations, change management and law enforcement spanning nearly 30 years.

Since his early career as a police officer for Western Australia Police, Andrew has honed his expertise in codes of conduct, investigations and management and has developed superior training skills.

Andrew has had high-level roles with government investigative agencies including the NSW Ombudsman and the NSW ICAC. Andrew has also held high level investigative and management roles with the NSW Department of Community Services, RailCorp and Warringah Council.

Throughout his career Andrew has designed and conducted training programs particularly in relation to Codes of Conduct.

Andrew has managed highly trained and professional multi-disciplinary teams, including staff, contractors and consultants. Andrew is skilled in managing relationships with key stakeholders, including oversight agencies and providing strategic advice to executive management. Andrew has also initiated and implemented the roll out of specialist software to assist with investigations and their management.

Andrew has considerable experience in fraud and corruption and code of conduct issues such as misuse of email and internet and workplace bullying and regularly presents at national conferences and congresses on these matters.

Andrew has specialist experience in child protection matters, has convened national forums and initiated, conducted and contributed to training programs for investigations in this area.

Andrew has successfully combined his practical knowledge of contemporary workplace investigation principles and laws with his specialist investigative skills, to provide training services aimed at helping clients train all levels of staff on Code of Conduct matters and workplace investigations.

Andrew Patterson has a clear understanding of the issues facing employers when workplace grievances arise and these are key considerations when planning and delivering training courses..


  • Master of Arts (English)
  • Master of Ethics and Legal Studies (English)
  • Graduate Diploma in Child Protection Investigation
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Cert III Investigation Services
  • Licensed Investigator, NSW (No. 54141541S)

Professional Background

  • Consultant Investigator – AWPTI
  • Consultant Investigator – Wise Workplace
  • Warringah Council, NSW: Internal Ombudsman – 2009-2014
  • RailCorp: Manager, Workplace Conduct Unit – 2005-2009
  • Department of Community Services, NSW: Assistant Director, Child Deaths & Critical Reports Unit -2004-2005
  • ICAC, NSW: Chief Investigator, 2001-2004 (Acting Executive Director of Investigations April – July 2001)
  • NSW Ombudsman: Specialist Investigator, 1999- 2001
  • Western Australia Police Service: Police Officer – 1986- 1999 (attained rank of Detective Sergeant)

 Investigative Competencies

  • Planning investigations
  • Gathering and analysing evidence
  • Interviewing complainants, witnesses & respondents
  • Preparing witness statements
  • Applying rules of procedural fairness
  • Managing whistleblowers
  • Report writing
  • Review of workplace policies and legislative interpretation
  • Management of recommendations & making evidence based findings.

Organisations assisted with investigation and training services

In addition to a large number of public and private sector clients, during 2016 Andrew designed and facilitated the Code of Conduct training for the Wollongong City Council.

Professional Training Experience – Training to all staff levels on:

  • Code of Conduct matters
  • Grievance and workplace dispute processes
  • Misconduct and corruption
  • Workplace bullying
  • Public interest disclosures
  • Ethical workplace cultures
  • Fraud
  • Child Protection investigation (Police)

Training Competencies – Developing tailored training courses and materials, Delivering training on Code of Conduct matters & workplace investigation procedures including:

  • Gathering and analysing evidence
  • applying Briginshaw principles
  • applying rules of procedural fairness
  • interviewing witnesses and preparing witness statements
  • report writing
  • workplace policy and legislative interpretation


  • November 2013, Sydney – Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2013 ‘The key step to an ethical culture: linking workplace bullying and corruption’
  • July 2013, Melbourne – National Public Sector Fraud and Corruption Congress ‘Indicators of Misconduct and Corruption in the
  • May 2012, Sydney – Legalwise Local Government Seminar ‘Building a positive and ethical workplace culture’
  • November 2011, Sydney – Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2013 ‘Building a positive and ethical workplace culture

AWPTI – workplace investigation Sydney and through-out NSW, QLD and Victoria. Workplace training national wide
Misconduct investigations, bullying investigations, harassment investigations & sexual harassment investigations, complaint investigations, grievance investigations, discrimination investigations