Government procurement must take place in an open and fair environment to ensure all potential suppliers are given impartial and equitable treatment.
Probity means the quality of having strong moral principles – in short, acting ethically and fairly. Demonstrating high standards of probity is essential to public confidence in our public services.
In procurement, we need to make sure all suppliers and providers have a fair opportunity, and that the process is transparent, accountable, impartial and equitable.
As public servants, we must comply with five interrelated principles of probity in procurement:
All government spending must adhere to the five principles of good procurement practice:
An ethical, transparent approach requires that the procurement rules are clearly stated, well understood and applied equally to all parties.
Probity principles should be integrated into all procurement planning – agencies must ensure that systems, policies and procedures provide accountability, are able to withstand public scrutiny and preserve private sector confidence in the procurement process.
For major, complex or high-risk projects, you may consider appointing an independent probity auditor at the outset of the procurement project.