Strategic Responses to Corruption workshop

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) will host the popular Strategic Responses to Corruption executive short course in Sydney from 6 to 9 March 2018.

Once again, the ICAC is offering scholarships (valued at $4,995 each) to eligible NSW public officials to attend the course. There are 15 scholarships on offer, and these are assessed and awarded competitively.

This application form must be completed in its entirety to be eligible. The deadline for applications is 5 pm (AEST) on Friday, 8 December 2017.

The course is also open to fee-paying applicants from any jurisdiction. To register directly, go to Further information on the workshop itself is available on the ICAC’s website here.


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1.    Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Only public officials employed by NSW public authorities are eligible to apply for a scholarship. The scholarships are intended for executive or senior level NSW public officials whose roles in state agencies or local government include influencing organisational reform in work areas that have significant inherent corruption risk.

2.    The application and selection process

Eligible candidates must submit:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (maximum four pages)
  • a fully completed and endorsed application form.

Note: Responses must be typed into the application form. In addressing the selection criteria, applicants are asked to be concise and provide only as much detail as will fit in the space provided. Handwritten responses and applications in another format will not be considered without prior agreement. Additional information attached to the application will not be considered.

ICAC assessors will rank each candidate according to their curriculum vitae and responses to the selection criteria. The ICAC may also consider information from other sources.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • Ability to influence organisational decision-making and effect change
    Does your role give you the power to lead or strongly influence reform in your organisation? What reforms have you lead (or are you leading) in your current role and how do you know they have been (or will be) successful?
  • Responsible for a work area that has significant corruption risk vulnerabilities
    What are the corruption risks inherent in the major activities carried out in the work area for which you are responsible? How well controlled are these risks now?
  • The organisation’s appetite for innovation and change
    Will your organisation utilise your learning and enlist you as a change agent? Will you be authorised to use the insights obtained through the course to introduce improved systems and processes? 

3.     Endorsement of application

All applications require the endorsement of the applicant’s chief executive officer, cluster secretary or general manager. An executive in an equivalent role may also be sufficient (contact the ICAC to confirm). Endorsement needs to indicate not only support for attendance but also support for implementing relevant reform.

4.    Scholarship inclusions and exclusions

The scholarship covers only the non-residential fee of $4,995 (including GST). This covers tuition, refreshments and lunch each day of the four-day course. All other expenses (salary, travel, per diems and accommodation) remain the responsibility of the scholarship recipient’s employer. The endorsement also indicates the employer’s support for meeting these costs.

5.    Special consideration and assistance

If you believe that your application should be given special consideration due to particular circumstances or if you are having difficulty completing the application form, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 02 8281 5721 or 02 8281 5749.

6.    Application submission and deadline

Your application form should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with “Application for scholarship” in the subject line or mailed to ICAC Scholarship Program, Independent Commission Against Corruption, GPO Box 500, Sydney NSW 2001.

Applications must be received by the ICAC no later than 5 pm (AEST) on Friday, 8 December 2017.