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Corruption prevention for managers

What is corruption? How and why does it happen? What can I do about it? This practical workshop will help managers answer these questions and take steps to prevent, detect and respond to corruption.

This practical workshop aims to help managers prevent corrupt conductin their organisation by developing an understanding of whatcorruption is, why people engage in it and the weaknesses inoperational arrangements that can be conducive to corruption.Practical activities, scenarios and case examples will be used to helpmanagers develop the skills they need to minimise opportunities forcorruption.

Who should attend?

  • operational managers and supervisors in the NSW public sector including government departments, local government, state-owned corporations, universities and other organisations within the ICAC's jurisdiction
  • general managers and directors of local councils
  • policy writers and business improvement practitioners
  • risk managers
  • internal auditors.


Corruption prevention for managers is offered as either a half-dayor full-day depending on the organisation’s needs. In the half dayworkshop we touch on the major issues, but are able to explore these anddevelop more detailed understanding in the full day workshop.

Full day

7.5 hours including a 15–minute morning and afternoon tea and a 30–minute lunch break

Half day

3.5 hours including a 15–minute break

Workshop content

Recognising corruption

  • the nature of corruption
  • the meaning of corrupt conduct under the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988
  • the costs of corruption.

About the ICAC and reporting corruption

  • the role of the ICAC and its jurisdiction
  • reporting to the ICAC
  • how the ICAC deals with reports.

Motives for corruption and how we can influence them as managers

  • personal interests
  • incentives
  • equity and entitlement
  • group behaviours
  • identifying and managing conflicts of interest.

Opportunities for corruption

  • using process analysis to identify weaknesses and opportunities
  • use of performance measures to identify possible corruption
  • information quality and integrity issues
  • identifying where the opportunities for corruption hide.

Principles of prevention

  • the control inherent in tight operations
  • the four elements of control
  • the link between efficiency and effectiveness and corruption prevention
  • issues with risk management
  • supporting the basic standards.

Challenges for managers in preventing corruption

  • the role of managers in corruption prevention
  • specific challenges managers may face.


Please note that our face-to-face open workshops program is temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. This course is available online (see below).


These workshops can also be delivered online. The ICAC uses the Zoom platform to deliver interactive online workshops. If you already have a platform that your staff are used to and which works well for you, we are happy to consider using that platform instead of Zoom.

While appropriate activity scenarios and case examples will be selected to cater to the specific needs of the participants, we are unable to offer a fully-customised service except in special circumstances.

To request an online workshop email workshops@icac.nsw.gov.au

Course dates

Please note that our face-to-face open workshops program is temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. This course is available in-house online (see above).

Registration for free online courses for individual public officials is now open. To register, please visit the Free online workshops page.