The genesis of the CPN came from practitioners getting together in the early 1990’s with officers from the ICAC and Audit Office to consider how best to address issues which were repeatedly surfacing from internal and external investigations. There was a concern to move towards prevention. This was given increased impetus by the release of the NSW Audit Office’s Fraud Control Guide in 1994.
Reflecting this early emphasis on fraud control, the "NSW Public Sector Fraud Prevention Committee" was formed in late 1994 as a collective of practitioners and interested parties to serve as a networking and self-help group, and to share information and experiences in dealing with the challenges of fraud control. Its first Forum was held on 6 April 1995 and its first newsletter issued in May 1995.
In June 1996 the ICAC published its Practical Guide to Corruption Prevention. The Committee embraced this expanded focus and remodelled itself, through various name changes over a number of years, into the Corruption Prevention Network that you see today.
The CPN became an incorporated body in 1998 and operates through an organising committee of elected volunteer public officials and non-voting nominees from central and watchdog agencies.
The CPN seeks to broaden its contact base and welcomes the participation of anybody in Australia and internationally, from both the private and public sector, who is interested in preventing fraud and corruption.
The CPN achieves its mission by: