Probity in practice

Probity in practice

25 November 2020 (Facilitated Online)

In-house Enquiry


This course is also available for in-house delivery. For more information please contact the Learning team on 02 8066 1900 or email [email protected] for a quote.

Course Overview


NSW Public Sector procurement and contracting staff as well as those in finance and administrative roles have key responsibilities to ensure that probity is maintained.

Defined as ‘complete and confirmed integrity, uprightness and honesty’, probity is evidence of ethical behaviour in a process, and contributes to sound procurement processes that give equal opportunities to all participants. The workshop will equip participants with an understanding of the essential aspects of ethics and probity and how they apply in practice. It has been developed in consultation with the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Probity Statement by Philip Gardner - Deputy Secretary, Commercial - NSW Treasury


The importance of probity by Michelle Robinson - Manager, Procurement Contracts and Supplier Relationship - NSW Treasury

Program Outline


  • Understanding Ethics (Essential knowledge to inform practice)
  • The Probity Environment (The idiosyncrasies of the NSW Public Sector)
  • Legal Framework
  • Case Study review
  • Specific Procurement Processes
  • Role of ICAC
  • Probity Sensitive Areas and Issues
  • Embedding Probity Through Leadership, Systems and Culture.

NSW Public Sector Framework Capabilities


This course is targeted at Adept to Advanced level. The following behaviours from the framework are covered:

Personal Attributes: Act with Integrity

  • Represent the organisation in an honest, ethical and professional way and encourage others to do so.
  • Demonstrate professionalism to support a culture of integrity within the team/unit.
  • Set an example for others to follow and identify and explain ethical issues.
  • Ensure that others understand the legislation and policy framework within which they operate.
  • Act to prevent and report misconduct, illegal and inappropriate behaviour.
  • Model the highest standards of ethical behaviour and reinforce them in others.
  • Represent the organisation in an honest, ethical and professional way and set an example for others to follow.
  • Ensure that others have a working understanding of the legislation and policy framework within which they operate.
  • Promote a culture of integrity and professionalism within the organisation and in dealings external to government.
  • Monitor ethical practices, standards and systems and reinforce their use.
  • Act on reported breaches of rules, policies and guidelines.


Enquiries: For more information on our learning programs, please contact the IPAA NSW Learning Team on 02 8066 1900 or email [email protected].