The next rural and regional outreach visit will take place in the Illawarra Region from 26 to 30 November 2018.

The Rural and Regional Outreach Program commenced in 2001 to bring corruption prevention advice and resources on-site to non-metropolitan areas of NSW. The ICAC conducts two comprehensive Rural and Regional Outreach visits each year.

Each visit includes training workshops for public sector managers and supervisors, a community leaders' event and briefing sessions.

These visits aim to:

  • raise understanding of corruption risks
  • provide practical corruption prevention information
  • give advice on how to report corrupt activities.

Outreach workshops for public officials

ICAC officers run free workshops for public officials on:

  • ICAC's powers, functions and resources for the public sector
  • identifying corruption risks
  • corruption prevention in procurement
  • putting corruption prevention strategies in place
  • managing internal reporting systems
  • fact finding and conducting internal investigations within a public sector agency/council.

The NSW Ombudsman will also run a workshop on public interest disclosues management.

The following workshops are now available for registration:

Workshop Date Time Location Status
Corruption prevention for managers
A practical workshop which focuses on developing an understanding of the nature of corruption, how and why corruption occurs and what managers can do to prevent it. - more information

27 Nov 18

9:00am -
Wollongong CLOSED
Fact-finder: An introduction to conducting a fact finding investigation (for non-investigators)
This is an introductory workshop for those who may be required to conduct an internal fact-finding investigation into a complaint or allegations of staff wrongdoing, including misconduct or corrupt conduct. The workshop has a practical focus and includes how to plan, conduct, conclude and report on an internal investigation. Attention will also be given to the principles that underpin investigations, including confidentiality and procedural fairness. - more information
28 Nov 18
9:30am - 5:00pm Wollongong CLOSED
Corruption prevention for planning professionals
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. - more information
28 Nov 18
9:00am -
Wollongong CLOSED
Good governance in small boards - Local Aboriginal Land Councils and Non-Government Organisations
Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) can face similar challenges: their board members are usually voluntary, they often have limited staff numbers, and are expected to meet varied responsibilities in their communities. This workshop covers a range of topics and will include discussion about how LALC and NGO board members and staff all play a role in building good governance in their organisations. - more information
28 Nov 18
10:00am - 3:00pm Wollongong CLOSED
Public interest disclosures management workshop - NSW Ombudsman. Please note that this workshop is fully subscribed.
This three-hour workshop provides an overview of your organisation’s obligations under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994. It covers the specific responsibilities of the nominated officers and executives, and discusses strategies for managing parties involved in the disclosure. It also outlines the role of the NSW Ombudsman in relation to this Act. - more information and registration
29 Nov 18
1:00pm - 4:00pm Wollongong CLOSED
Corruption prevention in procurement and contract management 
This workshop assists managers and staff with responsibility for procurement activities to identify where the weaknesses in their systems and opportunities for corruption may be. It will also help participants understand what they can do to prevent corruption in the procurement context. - more information
30 Nov 18
9:00am - 4:00pm Wollongong CLOSED

Supervisors and middle-to-senior local and state government managers should attend the workshops. Although these workshops are free, spaces are limited so it is always good to book early.

Community activities

The Commission hosts a Community Leaders Forum as part of each outreach visit. Prominent members of the local community are invited to attend the forum and learn about the work of the ICAC from members of our executive. Attendees also have the opportunity to ask questions about the Commission's role and its functions in combating public sector corruption in NSW. The ICAC also invites a speaker from other integrity organisations such as the NSW Ombudsman to address the forum.

Visits to local councils and state agencies

Our teams of ICAC officers travel to locations around NSW as part of the Rural and Regional Outreach Program to talk with regional offices of state agencies and to local councils. The discussions are informal and cover a wide range of corruption resistance related issues. There is the opportunity to ask questions, raise problems and discuss relevant events with ICAC staff.

Enquiries and contact details

For more information on the ICAC's Rural and Regional Outreach Program:

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  • call the community awareness coordinator on 02 8281 5767.