Corruption watch-dog visiting region

THE NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is coming to the mid-north coast next week as part of the Commission's outreach program to bring anti-corruption initiatives and training to regional NSW.

Coffs Harbour City Council will be among the local councils and agencies sending delegates to Taree for outreach activities attached to the ICAC visit.

The ICAC Commissioner, the Hon Megan Latham, said the Commission's rural and regional outreach program provides an excellent opportunity for the ICAC to share its knowledge and expertise with public officials outside metropolitan Sydney.

"The mid-north coast outreach program will provide opportunities for public officials and others in the area to interact in person with the Commission as it shares its expertise and knowledge about identifying and managing corruption risks in the NSW public sector," Commissioner Latham said.

"The ICAC's Rural and Regional Outreach program is also an excellent opportunity for the Commission to connect with outlying areas. Public officials will attend workshops devised to meet the needs of officers so they can better manage corruption risks in their agencies.

"One of the workshops scheduled for this visit concerns corruption prevention for managers, which focuses on the role of managers in corruption prevention, and how they can recognise and respond to the occurrence of corrupt conduct.

"Public officials will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops about public interest disclosures (to be conducted by the NSW Ombudsman's office), and fact-finding, which helps agencies to conduct their own internal investigations."