The rural and regional outreach program commenced in 2001 to bring corruption prevention advice and resources to non-metropolitan areas of NSW. The ICAC generally conducts two comprehensive rural and regional outreach visits each year. The purpose of the visits, and the program as a whole, is to ensure that rural and regional communities receive anti-corruption messages and that public officials in rural and regional NSW are kept abreast of contemporary prevention approaches.

The next Outreach will take place in Coffs Harbour on the North Coast from 21 to 24 March 2017.

Each visit includes training workshops for public officials, a community leaders' event and briefing sessions.

Outreach workshops for public officials

ICAC officers run a selection of free workshops for public officials. The workshops cover topics such as:

  • the ICAC's powers, functions and resources available for the public sector
  • identifying opportunities for corruption in systems and processes
  • corruption prevention in procurement
  • putting corruption prevention strategies in place
  • reporting corruption
  • fact finding and conducting internal investigations within a public sector agency or council.

The following workshops are now open for registration by individual NSW public officials in the North Coast region:

Workshop Date Time Location Status
Fact-finder: An introduction to conducting a fact finding investigation (for non-investigators)
This is an introductory workshop for those who may be required to conduct an internal fact-finding investigation into a complaint or allegations of staff wrongdoing, including misconduct or corrupt conduct. The workshop has a practical focus and includes how to plan, conduct, conclude and report on an internal investigation. Attention will also be given to the principles that underpin investigations, including confidentiality and procedural fairness. - more information
21 March 2017 9:30am – 4:30pm Coffs Harbour CLOSED
Corruption prevention for managers
A practical workshop which focuses on developing an understanding of the nature of corruption, how and why corruption occurs and what managers can do to prevent it. - more information
22 March 2017 9:30am – 4:30pm Coffs Harbour CLOSED
Corruption prevention for planning professionals
This awareness-raising workshop is specifically designed for town planners and related public officials working within the NSW planning system. It helps these professionals understand what constitutes corrupt conduct and where opportunities for corruption are likely to be hidden. - more information
22 March 2017 9:30am – 1:00pm Coffs Harbour CLOSED
Corruption prevention in procurement and contract management
This workshop assists managers and staff with responsibility for procurement activities to identify where the weaknesses in their systems and opportunities for corruption may be. It will also help participants understand what they can do to prevent corruption in the procurement context. - more information
23 March 2017 9:30am – 4:30pm Coffs Harbour CLOSED

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Community activities

The ICAC wil host a Community Leaders event as part of the outreach visit. Prominent members of the local community will be invited to attend and learn about the work of the ICAC. Attendees also have the opportunity to ask questions about the Commission's role and its functions in combating public sector corruption in NSW.

Visits to local councils and state agencies

A team of ICAC officers will be available to talk to to staff in regional offices of state agencies and to local councils, as well as Local Aboriginal Land Councils and non-government organisations. The discussions are informal and cover a wide range of corruption resistance related issues. There is the opportunity to ask questions, raise problems and discuss relevant events with ICAC staff. These briefings aim to:

  • raise understanding of corruption risks
  • provide practical corruption prevention information
  • give advice on how to report corrupt activities.


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