Free workshops

The Commission offers free interactive workshops to NSW public sector agencies and individual public officials to help build integrity, increase understanding about how and why corruption occurs, where the opportunities for corruption may be and how corruption can be prevented, detected, investigated and addressed.

Workshops can be conducted in-house for people within your organisation, and individual public officials can register to attend a workshop with participants from other agencies.

Workshops are facilitated by ICAC officers who draw on knowledge and experience from across all operational areas of the Commission.

Workshops may be delivered in-person or online.

The table below lists the workshops we are currently offering. Please contact [email protected] to enquire about an in-house workshop or visit the Free workshops calendar to register your interest in attending one of our workshops as an individual public official.

Workshop

Availability

For agency on site For agency online For individuals online

Strategic approaches to corruption prevention - senior executive workshop
A workshop for public service senior executives and equivalent high-level managers who have operational responsibility for work areas with significant risk for corruption. It focuses on making the organisational changes needed to leverage the control inherent in well-designed and managed operational arrangements. 
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Corruption prevention for managers
A workshop designed for managers, supervisors, risk managers, corruption prevention, governance staff and auditors. It focuses on developing an understanding of corrupt conduct, why it happens and what managers can do to prevent it.
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Corruption prevention in procurement and contract management
A workshop designed for staff with procurement duties, contract management roles or responsibility for overseeing these functions. It focuses on helping participants understand what corrupt conduct is, relevant corruption risks and how applying basic probity and risk management principles can assist them in achieving good outcomes while preventing corruption.
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Probity in procurement
A workshop designed for staff and managers involved in low-level, uncomplicated purchasing and basic procurement activities. It raises awareness of corruption and probity principles. 
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Corruption prevention in the NSW planning system 
A workshop for public officials involved in assessing property development and land rezoning applications, creating, amending or reviewing planning instruments and certifying compliance with consent conditions. It focuses on corruption risks within the NSW planning system and how they can be managed.
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Corruption prevention in a regulatory role
A workshop designed to assist public officials involved in regulatory activities, such as inspectors, assessors, rangers, and compliance officers. It focuses on reducing the corruption risks associated with their work.
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Corruption prevention for ICT professionals
A workshop designed for ICT professionals.  It focuses on corruption risks specific to information security and the procurement and management of ICT assets, projects and services.
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Corruption prevention in grant-making
A workshop designed for public officials involved in the development and administration of grants and grant programs. It focuses on addressing the corruption risks in the awarding and administration of grants. 
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Preventing corrupt conduct in Local Aboriginal Land Councils 
A workshop designed for LALC boards and staff members. It focuses on the specific corruption issues they may face and how these can be effectively managed.
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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.
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Developing a CP education program
A workshop for staff responsible for their organisation’s corruption prevention training program. It focuses on helping participants determine how their agency might approach in-house corruption prevention training and achieve maximum benefit.
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Factfinder: An introduction into fact-finding investigations – CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
A workshop for public officials with little or no investigative experience who may be required to conduct an internal fact-finding investigation. It focuses on the basics of how a complaint or allegations of staff wrongdoing, including misconduct or corrupt conduct, should be conducted.
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In-house workshops

If you would like to organise an in-house online or in-person workshop for your organisation, please contact [email protected].

Frequently asked questions about in-house workshops

How much does an ICAC workshop cost?

ICAC workshops are delivered free-of-charge. For an in-house in-person workshop, all you need to provide is:

  • the appropriate number of participants
  • a suitable venue, that complies with any relevant Covid-19 public health orders
  • PC/laptop, data projector, speakers and whiteboard
  • morning/afternoon tea and lunch for participants and facilitators.

The ICAC will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for its own staff.

Does the ICAC deliver workshops in rural and regional areas?

Yes. All requests for workshops are considered on their merits regardless of location. As a general rule, however, we will not travel for a small training session. If travelling, we prefer to deliver at least a full-day’s worth of training (for example, a single full-day workshop or two half-day workshops) with a minimum of 18 participants per workshop. We will also consider providing more than a full day of training (that is, over multiple days).

Who should attend a workshop?

The ICAC offers a range of workshops to suit a variety of needs. Each workshop targets a different audience. In the information about each workshop, there is a description of the target audience. We can help you work out which workshop(s) would be most useful and who should attend.

Can the ICAC train all of our staff?

No, generally not unless it is a very small organisation. Like all agencies, we have limited resources that we try to apply as efficiently and effectively as possible by targeting training at key roles and high-risk functions within an organisation. We may be able to offer several workshops over time depending on demand and resources. If you have a large number of people you want to train, we may be able to advise you on developing your own training materials. We may also be able to provide a speaker to talk to a larger audience about the ICAC’s work or a specific corruption prevention topic. More about ICAC speakers.

Will you provide training to agencies outside your jurisdiction?

No, not usually. We may consider requests from sister agencies in Australia and abroad, but we are likely to refuse other requests.

Can you train our staff in code of conduct and ethics?

No. While these topics are often touched on in our workshops, we do not offer separate courses on them.

Can you teach our staff how to do procurement?

No, we can only train them in corruption prevention related to procurement. For procurement training options, please visit the Training page on the buy.nsw website.

Can you create a customised workshop for us?

We have a series of standard workshops that we minimally customise for each organisation by selecting or writing relevant scenarios and examples and focusing on particular issues and relevant past cases. From time-to-time, if we are convinced there is a strong need and we have the available resources, we can create a custom workshop to address a particularly risky function or to focus on particular issues, especially if they arose during a public inquiry. More extensive customisation is available for the Strategic approaches to corruption prevention senior executive workshop.

Why do we have to provide catering?

In our experience, if catering is provided breaks can be kept short and participants are less likely to go back to their desks and get distracted by their normal work or return late to the workshop. It also provides a better opportunity for participants to continue discussions started in class and to ask questions of the facilitator more privately.

What are the minimum and maximum number of participants?

We want to make best use of our resources and so normally require a minimum number of participants. These limits vary from course-to-course depending on the nature of the workshop, location and likely attendees. The minimum and maximum number of attendees is noted in the description of each workshop option. The workshops are very interactive and we encourage all attendees to participate, so we normally allow a maximum of 26 participants for either online or in-person workshops. 

Do you provide certificates?

We are not a registered training organisation (RTO) and do not provide any type of certification. If asked by an individual participant, we can provide an email indicating their attendance.

Why aren’t all of your workshops available in-house?

For certain workshops, it is unusual for an organisation to have enough staff working in the area to justify an in-house workshop. For others, it is a resourcing issue.