Recognising, rejecting and reporting corruption in local government*

New and much tougher anti-corruption legislation came into force in January introducing profound changes to Victoria’s integrity system with major implications for councillors and council staff.

They are now more responsible and highly accountable for what happens on their watch.

With investigations at Casey and Whittlesea ongoing, councils are very much in the spotlight and they need to ensure there is a strong anti-corruption culture.

Additionally, reporting corrupt, suspicious or detrimental behaviour is now much easier for suppliers, ratepayers and other interested parties.

For more than three years the Clifton Group has been conducting awareness sessions for local government and state authorities using an ex senior police officer and psychologist and an issues and crisis expert.

Not only in Victoria but across Australia where equally tough and similar legislation has been introduced.

Clifton has generated a four hour course which ensures participants can recognise, reject and report corruption.

Our session studies the warning signs for individuals and organisations as well as the perceptions and costs of corrupt behaviour.

The half day course looks at:

  • what Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC)
  • investigates.
  • who IBAC investigates.
  • IBAC’S investigative powers.
  • what happens in investigations
  • what an IBAC examination is? and
  • current and past investigations.

We discuss case studies like ‘borrowing’ the shire’s back hoe to help establish your son’s garden, what happens to the half load of asphalt left over at the end of the day and of course the ubiquitous petrol credit card and doctored time sheet. All corrupt!

The course will enable you to establish a ‘clean’ culture and strengthen the resistance to and identification of corrupt conduct.
To discuss your training requirements contact: Ken Davis, Senior consultant, Clifton Group Communication Strategists on (03) 9654 3522 or

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