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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.

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
  • policy writers and business improvement practitioners
  • corruption prevention and governance officers
  • risk managers
  • internal auditors.

Workshop options

Corruption prevention for managers is offered in-person as either a half-day or full-day workshop or online depending on the organisation’s needs and other considerations. 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 workshop except in special circumstances.

Full-day in-person in-house workshop

Duration

This workshop requires a time commitment of 7.5 hours including 15-minute morning and afternoon tea breaks and a 30-minute lunch break. This workshop is normally scheduled from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.

Attendee numbers

A minimum of 18 attendees is required with a maximum of 26.

Learning outcomes

This workshop is designed to help managers to:

  • 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 is required to be reported to the ICAC under section 11 of the ICAC Act
  • understand the factors that motivate, cause, allow or encourage corrupt conduct, and how corruption is justified
  • understand the control inherent in well-designed and managed systems
  • become aware of some of the corruption risks in their area of operations and how they can be managed
  • identify and manage conflicts of interest
  • ensure their staff are aware of behavioural expectations and how they can support integrity and the on-going implementation of ethical standards
  • deal with the corruption challenges they face as managers.

Workshop outline

Recognising corruption

  • the nature of corruption
  • the meaning of corrupt conduct under the ICAC Act
  • the costs of corruption.

About the ICAC and reporting corruption

  • the role of the ICAC and its jurisdiction
  • reporting corruption
  • 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.

Opportunities for corruption

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

Principles of prevention

  • the control inherent in tight operations and the link between efficiency, effectiveness and corruption prevention
  • risk awareness
  • setting and maintaining standards of behaviour
  • identifying and managing conflicts of interest.

Challenges for managers in preventing corruption

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

Half-day in-person in-house workshop

Duration

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 from 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm.

Attendee numbers

A minimum of 18 attendees is required with a maximum of 26.

Learning outcomes

This workshop is designed to help managers to:

  • 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 is required to be reported to the ICAC under section 11 of the ICAC Act
  • understand the factors that motivate, cause, allow or encourage corrupt conduct, and how corruption is justified
  • understand the control inherent in well-designed and managed systems
  • become aware of some of the corruption risks in their area of operations
  • identify and manage conflicts of interest
  • ensure their staff are aware of behavioural expectations and how they can support integrity and the on-going implementation of ethical standards.

Workshop content

Recognising corruption

  • the nature of corruption
  • the meaning of corrupt conduct under the ICAC Act

About the ICAC and reporting corruption

  • the role of the ICAC and its jurisdiction
  • reporting to the ICAC.

Motivations for corruption

  • personal interests
  • incentives
  • equity and entitlement
  • group behaviours.

Opportunities for corruption

  • using process analysis to identify weaknesses and opportunities
  • identifying where the opportunities for corruption can hide.

Principles of prevention

  • the control inherent in tight operations and the link between efficiency, effectiveness and corruption prevention
  • risk management
  • identifying and managing conflicts of interest.

Online workshop – In-house or hosted by the ICAC for individuals

Duration

This workshop is based on the full-day in-person workshop program. It requires a time commitment of approximately 4.75 hours, including:

  • pre-reading taking approximately 20 minutes to complete
  • an online workshop delivered in two 2-hour blocks with a 1-hour break in between. Participants are asked to log in 15-minutes before the content start time to address any technical issues that may arise
  • a mid-session activity taking approximately 10 minutes to complete.

This workshop is normally scheduled from 9.45 am to­ 3.00 pm.

To maximise the opportunity for interaction, this workshop has been designed for attendance by individuals logging in from their own devices rather than people attending together in a group on one device or in a shared space.

Attendee numbers

A minimum of 15 attendees is required with a maximum of 26.

Learning outcomes

This workshop is designed to help managers to:

  • 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 is required to be reported to the ICAC under section 11 of the ICAC Act
  • understand the factors that motivate, cause, allow or encourage corrupt conduct, and how corruption is justified
  • understand the control inherent in well-designed and managed systems
  • become aware of some of the corruption risks in their area of operations and how they can be managed
  • identify and manage conflicts of interest
  • ensure their staff are aware of behavioural expectations and how they can support integrity and the on-going implementation of ethical standards.

Workshop outline

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, its powers and jurisdiction (pre-reading)
  • reporting corruption.

Motives for corruption and how we can influence them as managers

  • personal interests
  • incentives
  • equity and entitlement
  • group behaviours.

Opportunities for corruption

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

Principles of prevention

  • the control inherent in tight operations and the link between efficiency, effectiveness and corruption prevention
  • risk management
  • setting and maintaining standards of behaviour
  • identifying and managing conflicts of interest.

The role of managers

  • the role of managers in corruption prevention

The Commission prefers to use Zoom, but Microsoft Teams is also an option. If your organisation uses a different platform, we are willing to consider using it provided it supports our functionality requirements.

Costs for online and in-person workshops

Tuition

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

Travel expenses

We will cover our trainers’ travel expenses.

Materials

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.

Catering

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 and complete the registration form for each workshop you would like to attend.

Agencies

To book an in-house workshop for staff at your agency, please contact workshops@icac.nsw.gov.au to discuss your needs.