Preventing corrupt conduct in non-government organisations

A workshop for non-government organisations (NGOs) funded by, contracted to, or performing services on behalf of NSW public sector organisations. It focuses on assisting NGOs to ensure that corruption does not occur when their staff are performing public official functions or using public funds.

Who should attend?

This workshop is open to board members and staff of NGOs who receive funding from NSW public sector sources.

Learning outcomes

This workshop is designed to help NGO board members and staff to:

  • understand where and how they and their organisation fit in to the ICAC’s jurisdiction
  • become aware of the ICAC, its role, functions and powers
  • understand the nature of corruption and the types of conduct that could constitute corruption under the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988 ("the ICAC Act")
  • identify conduct that should be reported to the ICAC
  • identify and manage conflicts of interest
  • understand the factors that motivate, allow, encourage or are used to justify corrupt conduct 
  • understand how well-designed systems can help prevent corruption and deliver great outcomes
  • become aware of some of the corruption risks in your areas of operation, for example the expenditure of grant funding, and some of the strategies for managing these risks
  • understand the governance standards that are expected of them by the community.

Workshop contents

What are the corruption opportunities that NGOs can face?

  • the nature of corruption
  • accountability and decision-making
  • the challenges that small NGOs face
  • past case examples
  • costs and impact of corruption.

About the ICAC

  • powers and oversight
  • jurisdiction
  • reporting corruption

Why people act corruptly

  • motivations for corruption
  • gifts and grooming
  • identifying and managing conflicts of interest.

Corruption prevention

  • everyone has a role to play
  • strong processes lessen opportunities for corrupt conduct
  • four elements of corruption control
  • supporting the basic standards.

Workshop options

This in-house workshop can be delivered over a half-day either in-person or online.

Half-day in-person workshop


This workshop requires a time commitment of 3.5 hours including a 15-minute break. This workshop is normally scheduled from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm or 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

Attendee numbers

A minimum of 10 attendees is required with a maximum of 26.

Half-day online workshop 

This workshop is based on the half-day in-person workshop program. To maximise the opportunity for interaction, this workshop has been designed for attendance by individuals all logging in from their own device rather than people attending in a group situation.


This workshop requires a time commitment of 3.75 hours including a 15-minute break. This workshop is normally scheduled from 8.45 am to 12.30 pm or 1.00 pm to¬ 4.45 pm. Participants are asked to log in 15 minutes prior to the content start time to address any technical issues that may arise.

Attendee numbers

A minimum of 8 attendees is required with a maximum of 26.

Delivery platform

The Commission prefers to use Zoom, but MS Teams is also available. If your organisation uses a different platform, we are willing to consider using providing it meets our functionality requirements. 

Costs for online and in-person workshops


The ICAC provides all of its workshops to NSW public officials free-of-charge.

Travel expenses

We will cover our trainers’ travel expenses. 


Your organisation may be asked to make copies of training materials for distribution to attendees at in-person workshops.

Venue and equipment 

For in-person workshops, it is the agency’s responsibility to provide a venue and to cover the cost of any associated venue or equipment hire. The facilitator will bring a laptop, but a data projector, screen and whiteboard will need to be provided.


For in-person workshops, the agency is expected to provide basic refreshments for attendees and facilitators for all scheduled tea and lunch breaks.

Book a workshop

Individual public officials

To see what workshops are currently available for individual public officials and, to register, visit the Free workshops calendar [Link to page] and complete the registration form for each workshop you would like to attend.


To book an in-house workshop for staff at your agency, please contact [email protected] to discuss your needs.