The rural and regional outreach program commenced in 2001 to bring corruption prevention advice and resources to non-metropolitan areas of NSW. The ICAC generally conducts two comprehensive rural and regional outreach visits each year. The purpose of the visits, and the program as a whole, is to ensure that rural and regional communities receive anti-corruption messages and that public officials in rural and regional NSW are kept abreast of contemporary prevention approaches.
Each visit includes training workshops for public officials, a community leaders' event and briefing sessions.
Outreach workshops for public officials
ICAC officers run a selection of free workshops for public officials. The workshops cover topics such as:
The ICAC hosts a Community Leaders event as part of outreach visits. Prominent members of the local community are invited to attend and learn about the work of the ICAC. Attendees also have the opportunity to ask questions about the Commission's role and its functions in combating public sector corruption in NSW.
Visits to local councils and state agencies
A team of ICAC officers is available to talk to staff in regional offices of state agencies and to local councils, as well as Local Aboriginal Land Councils and non-government organisations. 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. These briefings aim to: