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Corruption prevention for planning professionals - town and individual

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.

Who should attend?

  • All urban and regional planners and managers involved in the assessment of development proposals, and designing planning policies and instruments.
  • Other professional staff involved in planning processes, such as building surveyors, certifiers and heritage officers.


Corruption prevention for planning professionals is offered as either a half-day or full-day workshop depending on the organisation’s needs. In the half day workshop we touch on the major issues, but are able to explore these and develop 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

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session participants should be aware of:

  • the nature of corruption and the types of conduct that could constitute corruption under the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988 ("the ICAC Act")
  • conduct that is required to be reported to the ICAC under section 11 of the ICAC Act
  • the factors that motivate, allow, encourage or are used to personally justify corrupt conduct in the planning context
  • some of the likely sources of opportunity for corruption in planning decisions
  • principles of corruption prevention in planning
  • some steps available to planning professionals to help prevent corrupt conduct.

Workshop content

Recognising corruption

  • the nature of corruption
  • the meaning of corrupt conduct under the ICAC Act
  • examples of corruption in planning.

About the ICAC and reporting corruption

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

Why corruption happens

  • motives
  • opportunities.

Corruption prevention

  • the control inherent in efficiency and effectiveness
  • transparency, accountability and openness
  • operational improvements
  • what you can do to prevent corruption.


This course can also be delivered on-site at your organisation.

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 in-house workshop email workshops@icac.nsw.gov.au

Course dates

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Corruption prevention for planning professionals - Sydney

Start Date08 Apr 2020 09:00 AM End Date08 Apr 2020 04:30 PM

Registrations for this event have now CLOSED. Open for NSW public sector managers and specialist staff.