Corruption prevention in procurement
Procurement and contract management are areas regularly investigated by the ICAC. The way that an organisation carries out its procurement and contract management activities has a significant impact on the likelihood of corruption occurring, so the ICAC offers several workshops focusing on corruption prevention in these areas.
These workshops are designed to assist staff with procurement duties, contract management roles or responsibility for overseeing these functions to understand the probity requirements and corruption opportunities associated with procurement. They will assist participants to identify where the weaknesses in their procurment systems lie and where opportunities for corruption may be and will help them to understand what they can do to prevent corruption in the procurement context.
Who should attend?
- NSW public-sector and local-government managers with line-management responsibility for procurement and/or contract management, with or without specific skills in procurement
- procurement managers
- procurement/contract management policy or process designers
- staff with significant procurement and/or contract management responsibilities.
NB: This workshop is NOT intended for staff who simply buy off established contracts or catalogues, or do not deal directly with suppliers. At a minimum, participants should be involved in obtaining or assessing quotations, managing contractors, supervising people who carry out these activities or approving the purchases or procurement activities carried out by others.
Depending on participant needs,Corruption prevention in procurement workshops are offered for 1.5 hours, half a day or a full day. In the half day workshop we touch on the major issues, but are able to explore these and develop more detailed understanding in the full day workshop.
7.5 hours including a 15–minute morning and afternoon tea and a 30–minute lunch break
3.5 hours including a 15–minute break
This workshop assists managers and staff with responsibility for procurement activities to identify where the weaknesses in their systems and opportunities for corruption may be. It will also help participants understand what they can do to prevent corruption in the procurement context.
About the ICAC
- powers and oversight
- reporting corruption and public interest disclosures.
Recognising corruption in procurement and contract management
- the nature of corruption
- past case examples
- costs of corruption
- probity principles and their impact on corruption.
Why people act corruptly
- motivations for corruption
- gifts and grooming
- capture, influence and allegiance
- identifying and managing conflicts of interest.
Corruption opportunities and risks in procurement
- common corruption opportunities and risks in procurement
- stage-specific corruption risks.
- the control inherent in tight operations
- the four elements of control
- process design and management
- risk management
- supporting the basic standards
- how your organisation can improve
- managers’ role in corruption prevention.
Please note that our face-to-face open workshops program is temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. This course is available online (see below).
These workshops can also be delivered online. The ICAC uses the Zoom platform to deliver interactive online workshops. If you already have a platform that your staff are used to and which works well for you, we are happy to consider using that platform instead of Zoom.
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 service except in special circumstances.
To request an online workshop email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that our face-to-face open workshops program is temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. This course is available in-house online (see above).
Registration for free online courses for individual public officials is now open. To register, please visit the Free online workshops page.