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PRINCIPLES OF PROBITY

PRINCIPLES OF PROBITY

There are several generally accepted probity principles that serve to maintain the integrity of a process. These are:

  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Confidentiality 53
  • Management of Conflicts of Interest

A brief note on the above is given below:

Accountability:

  • Accountability is the obligation to be able to explain or account for the way duties have been performed.
  • Government should have appropriate mechanisms in place to show that they are accountable for their practices and decisions.

Transparency:

  • It is important that the process is transparent to the maximum extent possible so that all stakeholders can have confidence in the outcomes.                      PRINCIPLES OF PROBITY
  • Transparent, open processes also minimise the opportunity for, and the risk of, fraud and corruption.

Confidentiality:

  • As a condition of employment, all public servants are under a general obligation  of confidentiality to their employer.
  • Accordingly, it is not necessary for members of the Government Project Team who are public servants to execute a confidentiality   undertaking in relation to the project.
  • All Government advisors, members and any other third party that is privy to commercially sensitive information must provide a formal undertaking to Government that they will keep this information confidential.

Management of Conflicts of Interest:

  • Proponents have an expectation that Government representatives will perform their duties in a fair and unbiased manner and that decisions they make will not be affected by self-interest or personal gain.
  • A conflict of interest arises where an individual associated with the process is, through their particular associations or circumstances, influenced, or perceived to be influenced, to obtain an unfair advantage for him or herself or another party.
  • Conflicts of interest are often unavoidable. However, provided they are identified early and dealt with effectively, they need not prejudice the process.
  • It is important to ensure that individuals associated with the process are aware of how a conflict of interest arises and their responsibilities to report conflicts, ensure conflicts are adequately addressed, and ensure the manner in which they have been addressed is adequately documented.
  • Policies to deal with potential conflicts of interest should be established at the outset, rather than attempting to manage such issues on an ad-hoc basis as they arise.    PRINCIPLES OF PROBITY

 

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