CCC audit highlights need for robust procurement

The State’s Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) recently completed an audit of five state hospital units which were found to have been ‘cutting corners when awarding contracts, opening them up to corruption risks’. This case again highlights not only the need for probity in government procurement, but importantly, the requirement for strong policies and robust systems and processes to support those policies. Continue reading here

Date: July 2019
Source: LG Focus

Technology ensures robust procurement decisions

With the public insisting on probity and transparency, it becomes harder and harder to justify purchase decisions, a process which can be made more difficult if decisions are based on vague criteria like ‘value’ or ‘local community benefit’. This is where a systematic approach and robust procedures and tools can make all the difference. Continue reading here

Date: May 2019
Source: LG Focus

Public sector increasingly embracing e-procurement

Procurement was one of the last business areas to benefit from the application of technology. But e-procurement – the electronic purchase of goods and services, usually through an Internet-based platform – is rapidly becoming the status quo, especially within the public sector in Australia. Continue reading here

Date: March 2019
Source: LG Focus

Sustainability lessons from the ICAC report

The recent Corruption and Integrity in the NSW Public Sector report prepared by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will likely attract lots of attention among local government procurement professionals. While much of the report deals with abuses of government processes, it also contains many valuable lessons about probity... Continue reading here

Date: January 2019
Source: LG Focus