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Probity in procurement

A workshop designed for staff and managers involved in low-level, uncomplicated purchasing and basic procurement activities. It raises awareness of corruption and probity principles.

Who should attend?

  • NSW public-sector and local-government managers with line-management responsibility for lower level, infrequent and uncomplicated procurement or purchasing
  • staff with procurement responsibilities limited to simple purchasing and uncomplicated procurement.
    Note: While staff engaging in or overseeing more complex procurement and contract management activities will benefit from this workshop, Corruption prevention in procurement and contract management is a more suitable option providing a greater breadth and depth of understanding.

Learning outcomes

This workshop is designed to help public officials involved in in low-level, uncomplicated purchasing and procurement activities to:

  • become aware of the ICAC, its role, functions and powers
  • understand the nature of corruption and the types of conduct that could constitute corruption under the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988 ("the ICAC Act")
  • identify conduct that is required to be reported to the ICAC under section 11 of the ICAC Act
  • understand the probity principles that underpin integrity in purchasing and procurement 
  • become aware of some of the corruption risks in purchasing and procurement 
  • identify and disclose conflicts of interest.

Workshop outline

About the ICAC

  • powers and oversight
  • jurisdiction
  • reporting corruption and public interest disclosures.

Recognising corruption in procurement and contract management

  • the nature of corruption
  • past case examples
  • probity principles and their impact on corruption.

Corruption prevention

  • the importance of achieving value for money
  • identifying and disclosing conflicts of interest.

While appropriate activity scenarios and case examples will be selected to cater to the specific needs of the participants, we are unable to offer a fully-customised workshop except in special circumstances.

Workshop options

Probity in procurement is an in-house workshop only. It is offered either in-person or online. 

In-person workshop


This workshop requires a time commitment of 1.5 to 2 hours. As the workshop is quite short, there is not normally a break.

Attendee numbers

A minimum of 18 attendees is required with a maximum of 30.

Online workshop


This workshop requires a time commitment of 1.5 to 2 hours. As the workshop is quite short, there is not normally a break. Participants are asked to log in 15 minutes before the session so that any technical issues can be addressed.

Attendee numbers

A minimum of 15 attendees is required with a maximum of 30.

Online delivery platform

The Commission prefers to use Zoom, but Microsoft Teams is also an option. If your organisation uses a different platform, we are willing to consider using it provided it supports our functionality requirements.

Costs for online and in-person workshops


The ICAC provides all of its workshops to NSW public officials free-of-charge.

Travel expenses

We will cover our trainers’ travel expenses. 


Your organisation may be asked to make copies of training materials for distribution to attendees at in-person workshops.

Venue and equipment 

For in-person workshops, it is the agency’s responsibility to provide a venue and to cover the cost of any associated venue or equipment hire. The facilitator will bring a laptop, but a data projector, screen and whiteboard will need to be provided.


For in-person workshops, the agency is expected to provide basic refreshments for attendees and facilitators for all scheduled tea and lunch breaks.

Book a workshop

Individual public officials

This workshop is not offered to individuals. To see what workshops are currently available for individual public officials, and to register, visit the Free workshops calendar and complete the registration form for each workshop you would like to attend.


To book an in-house workshop for staff at your agency, please contact workshops@icac.nsw.gov.au to discuss your needs.